For the first time, Red Bull Privateers Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Race will take place on Cape Romano, just south of Marco Island. In this unique racing event, teams of four paddlers have two and a half hours to navigate through the mangrove mazes of the Ten Thousand Islands to retrieve treasure from fifteen hidden treasure chests. The team to collect all fifteen gold doubloons (treasure coins) and cross the finish line in the shortest amount of time wins.
In the early 1700s, Native American tribes, Buccaneers and Outlaws called the Ten Thousand Island area of South Florida home. The most famous of which was Captain “Calico Jack” Rackham. Inspired by Calico Jack’s knowledge of the area and his tales of hidden treasure, there are legends of treasure still buried somewhere in the Ten Thousand Island/Cape Romano area.
Amateur and professional SUP athletes will come together and participate in teams of four. Each team will have two and a half hours to collect one doubloon (treasure coin) from each of the fifteen treasure chests hidden throughout the islands. The team that collects all the doubloons and crosses the finish line in the fastest time, wins!
There is no need to worry if you are a solo paddler. There are paddlers traveling from all over the country to participate, and many will be searching for fellow crew members. Sign up as a solo paddler or with the team you have at www.redbull.com/ privateers and you will be matched with other paddlers to form a team of four.
The event is open to all skill levels and abilities. The endless mangrove mazes and hidden harbors will accommodate over 500 paddlers, which is good, because it is expected that 300-500 paddlers will participate!
An entry fee of $100 per team is required, with a portion being donated to the Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve.
The event takes place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11AM to 1:30
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