Blackburn Challenge 2022

2022 Date – July 23rd, 2022 – Finalized

Registration Open! – Click to Register – Please carefully read the instructions for multi crew vessels (2 or more)

Important Information for 2022 Blackburn Challenge – Full Race Event and Festivities are back!

*** We are in desperate need of Chase Boats for the race. Offering gas money, hat and tee shirt.
Please contact ***

  • Price Increase Saturday July 9th – Midnight – Price goes up from $90 per registrant to $115. Please register early, we have a lot of planning to do for food and tee-shirts.

  • Registration Closes on Wednesday, July 20th, 6pm. NO Registration at the Race – Only check-in for online registrants

  • Parking Information – Parking is only allowed in town lots, not in the Beauport hotel lot, and NOT in the lot at 33 Commercial Street (this is the finish line lot – no parking). It will be challenging taking your boats out at the finish line. There is a public boat ramp on Western Ave at the end of Pavilion beach. Getting your car from the high school and taking out there may be the best option for take-out until the party ends at the beach. There will be a parking attendant managing our lot. Trailered boats or OC6 are allowed to pass through the cut.

  • Time Limit – 6 Hour limit to complete course. Chase Boats and Timing will finish after 6 hours. Racers are paddling at their own risk after 6 hours on the course. Please plan appropriately if you believe you can not complete in 6 hours.

  • Schedule: Gloucester High School – 32 Leslie O Johnson Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

    • 5:45 am – 6:45 am Safety Check: Each vessel must pass inspection before registering. Get your sign-off at central safety booth by the tennis courts or find a roaming safety volunteer with orange vest

    • 6:00 am – 7:00 am Check In

    • 7:00 am Captains Meeting – All Participants

    • 7:45 am – 8:30 am Staggered Start by Boat Classes

    • 12:00 Noon Pavilion Beach Finish Line Facilities Open

    • 2:00 pm Award Ceremony & Festivities

  • Electronic Waivers – New for 2022 – All waivers will be include online as part of the registration process for both captains and crew

  • Registration & Check In: Registration & check in is from 6:00 am to 7:00 am at the Gloucester High School. Registration tables will be located in the cafeteria. Access is from behind the tennis courts.

  • Race Course & Charts: Please visit Blackburn Challenge Race Course page for full details

  • Rest Rooms: Rest rooms are available in the Gloucester High School for the start, and porta potties at the finish at Pavilion Beach

  • Race numbers: Should be taped to both sides of your bow. Call your number to the timers at the finish line when crossing at the Greasy Pole. – Pay attention at Captains Meeting for specific finish line instructions

Race Charts:
Downloadable Race Charts below. Print them out and put them back to back in a dry chart bag or a zip lock. Staples or Kinkos can laminate them inexpensively as well. Race coordinator phone number included.

See Race Course page for additional info.
Download Blackburn Race Chart 1
Download Blackburn Race Chart 2

Rest Rooms: Rest rooms are available in the Gloucester High School and Porta Potties at the finish line

Do not cross the finish line twice!


It is essential that race personnel know who is on the course.
Therefore, each participant must confirm his or her presence with the start committee, the

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