The Cape the Cape Challenge, a 16-mile odyssey across the Delaware Bay from Lewes, DE to Cape May, New Jersey just announced the available slots for this year’s event. The race, capped at 50 competitors (SUP, Prone, OC and Surfski) is limited to a 4.5 hour window for 50 paddlers to complete the challenge. Many years have ended in disappointment for paddlers yanked from the Atlantic at the cutoff time. Other years have had these same people return to accomplish what they had set out to do in previous years. It is as equally grueling and it is rewarding and all proceeds go to support the Desatnick Foundation which helps people with spinal injuries in Southern New Jersey.
According to the Race Director, Chad Desatnick, “The Desatnick Foundation Race Committee sent out 50 invites and have received confirmation for entry from 38 past participants and those who have qualified based on their previous open ocean racing credentials. Twelve spots up for grabs and we are hoping to fill these by mid-June after the Paddle for a Cause to benefit the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, as their 22.5 race around Absecon serves as a qualifier. The Desatnick Foundation has helped those individuals and families living with paralysis with the fundraising efforts from past Cape to Cape Paddle, as well as other community events. Offering financial assistance to build ramps for homes, lifts for beds, adapting vehicles, purchasing power wheel chairs, and more. The Foundation purchased six beach wheel chairs earlier this year, and these will be distributed to area Beach Patrols so that the residents and visitors needing assistance can enjoy the beach and ocean. Our goal is to take the dis out of disABLE !”
Congratulations to everyone who got their spot. Good luck to all the applicants who are competing for those final 12 spots.
There is also a rec race this year. This event also has the best post-race food ever.
For more information, go to the event description here: https://distressedmullet.com/event/cape-to-cape-challenge/