DeSatnick Foundation Cape to Cape Paddleboard Race
Epic, was how race organizers describe conditions at the Desatnick Foundation Cape to Cape paddleboard race on Sunday June 26.
The Cape to Cape Paddle Event benefits the DeSatnick Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed to help those living with Spinal Cord Injury in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean Counties, New Jersey.
36 participants entered the water from the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal in Lewes Delaware and paddled 17 miles across the Delaware Bay to Queen Street in Cape May. Categories included surf-ski, ocean kayak, prone paddlers and traditional stand-up paddleboarders.
Crossing the bay and shipping lanes is no easy task. Tankers and freighters transit the bay regularly. “A 100 yard moving safety zone was established around the paddlers.” according to B.M.1 Barassi, Ops officer for the 45 foot patrol boat monitoring the event. The 45 footer could be seen throughout the event.
Cape May Fire Department personnel offered routine check-ups to paddlers once on shore. Cape to Cape was another great example of a privately organized event with community and government support inspiring people.
Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille hosted a post race gathering for the DeSatnick Foundation Cape to Cape participants and volunteers.
For a complete list of participants and results visit the event website.