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2015 Local Area Events

With FaceBook, and Twitter, and other websites it is becoming increasing difficult to keep this aggregated information up to date. Please confirm with the event coordinator before you go.


Locally on the Delmarva Peninsula.  A compilation of events as they have been relayed to us or garnered from various websites  And please send us corrections or additions

More event information for the "other" side of the bays may also be found at the Chesapeake Paddlers Association.  Up north of the Delaware Bay and the Mason Dixon Line see Jersey Shore Sea Kayaker Association and a little further NYC Water Trails, check their calendars

Maryland Canoeing, Kayaking and Water Trails


July 13th

Nanticoke RiverFest Canoe and Kayak Challenge


The Nanticoke Riverfest Canoe & Kayak race will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2013 in Seaford, Delaware. If you want to register early, please visit the link above. Registration starts at 8:00 am, Race starts at 10:00 PM and the Awards will be handed out next to the bridge at 1:00.  Registration Form


22+ Classes!  One is sure to be right for you.

Registration is on Water Street in Seaford

Results from previous races


August 22nd

The 16th annual Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak Race    

Always the 4th Saturday in August.

Irish Eyes is sponsoring the event benefiting the Milton Chamber of Commerce


 The 16th Annual Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak race will be held the fourth Saturday in August.  This is the largest canoe and kayak race on the Peninsula.   It starts with registration  at Oyster Rocks Road. North of Lewes Delaware and ends 10 miles later in Milton.  Pre register or sign up the day of the event.  Registration begins at 8:00 am.  Race starts 10:00.

Contact Irish Eyes at 302-684-5005

We've found Irish Eyes to be strategically located near the finish line.  $cheap PBR's

Irish Eyes Website


Saturday  Sept 12th


23rd Annual Wye Island Regatta    

The largest gathering of human powered boats on the eastern shore, and maybe further.  Join the competition that ranges from recreational kayaks to 8 man or woman crew.  

The 12.5 mile race starts at Wye Landing on the Wye East River, 18 miles southeast of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore and continues around Wye Island. The course is over sheltered estuaries with minimum boat traffic and great scenery.

The Kayak Challenge is a mass start race for all Kayak entries.  



Sept 12thand 13th

Greenland Kayak Paddle Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, September, 12-13, 10am-4pm

$150 Members/$175 Non-Members.Material Fee included (Max. participants 6/Location-Boat shop, Instructors-Jenn Kuhn, John Aiken)

Pre-registration made by calling Allison Speight @ 410-745-4941 or emailing

Have you been planning a longer kayak trip or are you just tired of paddling with your traditional “euro spoon” paddle? If you are looking for a simpler , more straight forward, lighter and some say more enjoyable way to paddle then come to the boat shop and hand craft your own cedar Greenland paddle.

We include this as it is a local event, not as an endorsement of the program. Delmarva Paddlers Retreat will be having the well know Don Beale leading it's paddle making class for a lot less money and over one day

First or second weekend of October date could change

The 8th Annual Knot Race

Ever wanted to try racing but were intimidated at the "real" racers out there? Well, now is your chance to experience racing by knot racing!

the Knot official site


October 3rd and 4th

33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival and the 11th Maritime Model Expo

Hundreds of amateur and professional boat builders, model boat builders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their skiffs, kayaks, canoes and maritime models. Check out the model pond and boats on land or watch many of these one-of-a-kind vessels race along the Miles River along CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus. The event is free for CBMM members or with general admission and features small craft both on and off the water, a demonstration pond, model races, engaging exhibits, kids’ activities, food and more.


October 8th to the 11th

The 27th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat


It was in 1988 that Charlie Cole and his lovely wife Cindy started an annual gathering of paddlers on the western shore of Rehoboth Bay in Lewes, DE, to exchange paddling skills and knowledge – today that has become an annual gathering at which Greenland-style sea-kayakers gather to celebrate the origins of kayaking and hone traditional kayaking techniques and skills


In 2008 they offered an "extended" Delmarva option (early arrival) as well.  See The Retreat  for a report from a previous year's event.  Registrations begin July 4th and are usually full by the first week of September.


A Qajaq USA event , the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat  is held at Camp Arrowhead across the Rehoboth Bay from Dewey Beach, Delaware.  The Retreat has evolved into a gathering of traditional skills enthusiasts.  All instruction will be geared towards Greenland techniques, so a Greenland paddle is preferred.  Accommodations are cabins (bunks) or tenting under the pines near the bay shoreline.  Enjoy learning to kayak the Greenland way.  Mentoring from some of the best in the nation.  Skills learned can be transferred back to the Euro blade, but why once you’ve paddled the stick you won’t want to go back. 


This event is not directly affiliated with the Delmarva Paddlers Message Board 


October 15th to the 18th

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

Come visit the greatest jazz festival in the world in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. On ths year's line-up: Gerald Albright, Marc Antoine, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Peabo Bryson, Alex Bugnon, BWB, Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Nathan East, Fourplay, Euge Groove, Curtis Harmon, Boney James, Al Jarreau, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Kashiwa, Bettye Levette, Chuck Loeb, James Lloyd, Pieces Of A Dream, Eric Roberson, Art Sherrod, Jr., Brian Simpson, Kirk Whalum, Kim Waters and more to be announced!


October 31st to November 1st

Downrigging Weekend

The Sultana Projects hosts a three-day festival known as Downrigging Weekend to celebrate the close of Sultana's sailing season. Tall ships and historic vessels from across the mid-Atlantic and beyond visit Sultana's home port of Chestertown for this three-day public event which draws over 10,000 people to Chestertown. The weekend features opportunities for the public to view, board and even sail on an impressive fleet of visiting ships, schooners and skipjacks.