14th Annual Manchester Race Saturday July 13

debbie natelson

Summer time and time for the 14th annual Manchester- Round Blake Island Race

Saturday, July 13th, Manchester State Park
North tip Kitsap Peninsula
10am race start with 9:15 pre-race meeting

Discover Pass required for WA State Park ($10 day pass/$30/annual)

10 mile course begins & ends at Manchester State Park; proceeds south to & around Blake Island, then back up to state park.  Racers choice on Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise direction round Blake (unless one direction prescribed by Race Director for safety reasons/limited chase boats).

Race followed by the tastiest soup feast.  Bring you, your boat, paddle/oars, pfd, whistle, muscle-power, sunscreen -- and a good appetite.  Vadim and Martine work hard on these scrumptious soups -- and organizing this very fun race.  Please show your support.

Help them out by registering online.  visit soundrowers.org

Last year race directors needed more volunteers to help with registration/timing -- and don't forget --post race cleanup!   If you can help, please contact them:  v.kin@...

As with all SoundRowers races, event open to all human powered craft: Rowing shells (fixed & sliding seat; Outrigger/dugout canoes; kayaks; surfskis; SUPs/prone paddleboard; pedal craft; dragon boat.

pfd, whistle, and ability to self-rescue in cold water requiered


Manchester State Park. Camping reservations can be made online or by calling the Reservations Center at (888) CAMPOUT up to 11 months ahead of time. All the campsites are on the hill in the woods above the beach. Walking distance to the start. See the Washington State Park web page at www.parks.wa.gov

Blake Island is a boat access only island, but there is camping.  If you are feeling energetic and up for adventure, you could row, paddle or pedal your camping gear to Blake, then "warm -up" by rowing/paddling/or pedaling over to race start.    Check out link on State Parks website.

Hope you can make it.  Thanks in advance for your participation.