JESSE KING MEMORIAL PADDLE RACE
TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 22, 2022
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Join us for the 10th Annual race in memory of Jesse King. Jesse was a former U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard and Machinery Technician 3rd class stationed in Morro Bay, and a City of Morro Bay Lifeguard. He passed away in a free diving accident off the coast of Cambria, CA on July 1, 2009. Jesse was an expert waterman and a tremendous human being who was passionate about the ocean. Help us remember him as we support the Morro Bay Junior Lifeguard Program.
All participants shall be appropriately attired for their type of craft and prevalent weather/sea conditions, and must have a serviceable Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device available. Participants not properly attired or without a PFD shall not be allowed to participate.
CHILDREN MAY NOT BE CARRIED ON EITHER THE SHORT OR LONG COURSE RACE. Children may be carried on a SUP or kayak for the FUN COURSE only, and must be WEARING a life vest/jacket.
This event is a celebration of Jesse King’s life and love of the ocean, and is meant to be a fun experience for all. Proceeds from this event will go to the Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department in support of the Morro Bay Junior Lifeguard Program.
October is a transition month on the Central California coast so weather conditions can vary. Participants should be prepared for head winds, or side winds (offshore and or onshore), cool ocean temperatures (ranges from low to upper 50s), and bumpy water. Strong tidal currents can also be present during this time of year. The Harbor Department event Safety Team reserves the exclusive right to cancel the event if there is adverse weather and/or water conditions if, in the professional opinion of the Safety Team, said conditions pose an undue risk to the participants, event organizers, or Safety Team.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 22, 2022
It is always best to pre register on PaddleGuru. If you have not, last minute same-day registration is offered at the check in table at 7:30. WALK UP REGISTRATION WILL STOP AT 8:00 SHARP, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Please make sure to hear the instructions and safety information. Paddlers are expected to understand the race course, turn buoy locations, boundaries, and rules pertaining to the navigable channel and marine mammals.
SHORT AND LONG COURSE STAGING
Short course racers are restricted to 12'6 and 14' SUP only. Long course racers include 12'6 SUP, 14' SUP, and OC1. Both races will be water start at the anchored buoys. Paddlers in either race need to be at the start line on the water by 8:45.
SHORT/LONG RACE START
Both long (5 mi) and short (3 mi) course races start at the same time.
FUN COURSE START
This is a one mile loop open to any type of paddle craft. Pets are welcome with flotation vest. There is no timing for this division.
Top finishers will be awarded as follows: For both long and short courses, awards will be given to 1st-3rd placings in female 12'6, female 14', male 12'6, male 14', and 1st-3rd placings in both female and male divisions of OC1 paddlers.
Fruit, beverages, water, and packaged sandwiches are provided and included in the registration fee.