Paddlers and rowers take to the sea again for 2nd Biltmore Cup

Santa Barbara Yacht Club hosts local race for human-powered watercraft.

SANTA BARBARA — The Biltmore Cup comes to the Santa Barbara coast for the second time ever, as paddlers and rowers are invited to take to the waters for a competitive race from the harbor area to Coral Casino. All racing will take place on Aug. 26.

Santa Barbara Yacht Club members (and guests of members) are invited to compete against each other in the relatively short race, which is about 4 miles long.

Any human-powered watercraft – standup paddleboards, kayaks, surfboards, etc. – is eligible for the race. Racing will be in two divisions: Race (first to finish) and Rally (predict your finish time). The number of signups will determine the awards presentation.

A mandatory check-in and continental breakfast at Santa Barbara YC will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 26. Registration officially closes at 10 a.m.; a mandatory safety briefing will be held at 10:20 a.m. at the beach adjacent to Santa Barbara YC’s parking lot.

All racing begins at 10:45 a.m.; inclement weather could force a delay in start times.

Competitors must touch an “X” on the Coral Casino seawall to officially finish the race; finishes must be completed by 12:45 p.m. A barbecue for members and guests of both clubs will be held at Coral Casino later in the afternoon.

Chris Lambert of Coral Casino was the overall winner at the inaugural Biltmore Cup held in 2017.

Other winners were:

– Fashion Award, Teresa Koontz

– Last Finisher, Bill Guilfoyle

– Youngest (16 months), Ruby Schaupeter

– Surf Ski, Craig Maggio

– Standup Paddleboard, Jaime Deardorff

– Prone, Matthew Pierce

– Kayak, Melanie Richmond.

Photo: Santa Barbara Yacht Club

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