Switchblade racing consists of 6 different paddling sports and is an exciting combination of race legs that will challenge any 6-paddler team to bring their best efforts both as individuals and working together.
Entry fee $180 per team / Minimum of 3 women per team. *Late registration may be available if space permits; late fee of $240 per team
Course (6 Legs):
Recreational Ocean Kayak (1 paddler) – Mass start on the water at the VCKC dock, the course will be in the Gorge Waterway and may involve buoy turns.
Stand up Paddleboard (1) – Mass start at the VCKC dock (either in the water or on shore) the course will involve several buoy turns and will be in the Gorge Waterway.
Marathon Canoe Tandem (2) – Mass start on the water at the VCKC dock the course will be in the Gorge Waterway, expect buoy turns, finishing at VCKC.
OC1 (1) – Mass start at Portage Park beach, loop through Esquimalt Harbour to far end of Esquimalt Lagoon (Coberg) Spit.**
Surf ski (1) – mass start at Esquimalt Lagoon Spit to harbour mouth and into Ocean River Canoe Club.**
OC6 (all 6 paddlers) – Staggered start from Ocean River Paddling Club into the Inner and Outer Harbours, on to V21, counter clockwise turn around V21, then on to Brotchie Reach, counter clockwise around Brotchie, back to V21, clockwise turn around V21 and follow same course into Inner Harbour finishing at ORPC.
All paddlers must have signed waiver on file to participate. Download waiver here: VCKC Group Waiver_SwithBlade2016.pdf Please print, complete and obtain signatures. Email completed waivers to: firstname.lastname@example.org or bring completed waiver form to 8:00am meeting on the day of the event.
Post race party!!!
BBQ dinner with awards. The dinner is free for racers but additional tickets can be purchased for team boosters or anyone else who would like to attend the dinner. Dinner tickets are $10 and available online during team registration.
Minimum of 5 teams registered by April 27th to hold the event.
Each team is responsible to supply their own boats and equipment. However, when registrations opens, contact information for VCKC race organizers will be published for race teams hoping to arrange the loan of boats. We will endeavor to put people in-touch with clubs that may have OC6s or other boats available.
Visit the Marathon Switchblade program page for additional information: Switchblade Paddlesport Relay
Waivers are required: Link to download and print.