Peaceful paddling or competitive racing, few things compare to floating along the Georgia Coast. The 17th Annual Sea Kayak Races mark the perfect way to enjoy one of summerâ€™s last Saturdays. Donâ€™t own a boat? No worries! You can rent one right onsite where the races start and finish, at A-Jâ€™s Dockside. Whether youâ€™re an avid stand-up paddleboarder or just want to try your hand at kayaking Tybee Island, racers are welcome to choose from a number of different courses, including:
Tybee River Race
At 6.5 miles, this race is focused on overall speed and endurance on the tidal river between Tybee and Little Tybee Islands. Itâ€™s open to everyone, from seasoned kayakers to casual paddlers, the latter of which need only finish 2 miles of the course.
Little Tybee Challenge
Reserved for more experienced riders, this 8-mile trek runs the gamut of Tybee Island, from tight creeks to wide rivers, along the coast, and in the surf. Be sure youâ€™re comfortable on rough waters, and practiced in methods of self-rescue.
Race Across the River
Limited to Gold and Platinum sponsors, this highly competitive route runs across the Back River and back to A-Jâ€™s, making it a great one watch.
Proceeds Benefit Tybee Island Marine Science Center
The Sea Kayak Races raise over $12,000 a year toward preservation of the Georgia Coast, and educational initiatives in conjunction with Tybee Island Marine Science Center, just 2 blocks from Hotel Tybee.