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Everglades Challenge

March 6, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Tampa Bay To Key Largo In Sea Kayaks, Canoes and Small Boats!

The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats. The distance is roughly 300 nautical miles depending on your course selection. There is a time limit of 8 days or less. Your safety and well being are completely up to you.

Unsupported means that there are no safety boats or support crews to help you during the race. You are not allowed to have a support crew follow you or meet you during the race. It is OK to have family or friends meet you at the official checkpoints, but they cannot provide anything other than emotional support. See the official WaterTribe rules for more details.

Expedition style means that you must carry the same type of equipment and supplies that you would carry on a major expedition lasting 4 weeks or more. Camping equipment, food, water, safety, communication, etc. is required.

Although this is a race, many participants are more interesting in cruising and adventure. Whether you are a cruiser or racer is up to you. Just getting to the starting line is a major accomplishment and only about 40% of starters are able to finish. You should be an expert kayaker and/or sailor before you consider this challenge.

The next Everglades Challenge is  Saturday, March 07, 2020. There is an equipment inspection Friday, March 06, 2020. Cost is $445.00  for the captain and $345.00 for a crew member if any.

Completion of an Everglades Challenge within the last Ultimate Florida cycle satsifies the entrance requirement for the Ultimate Florida Challenge. For example, completing EC2014 or EC2015 allows entrance into UF2016.

Billing starts January 1.
Registration ends January 31 at noon.
Payment Deadline is January 31 at noon.

Due to the exteme commitment for this race late registration and/or late payments will not be allowed. We recommend that you commit to this race early so you have plenty of time for planning, training, and preparation. Pay early in the payment cycle. You can get a full refund up until January 31 at noon. No refunds after that date and time.


March 6, 2020
March 14, 2020


Tampa Bay
fort desoto, FL United States + Google Map
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One thought on “Everglades Challenge

  1. The Everglades Challenge is calling to me. A Stiletto 27′ is my adventure boat, located in SF Bay as am I. I am a lifelong sailor with 15,000 offshore sailing miles under my belt. Have Stilettos ever competed in the EC? I am considering a trip in March ’22 to Florida for observing the start and finish, and to make connections. Maybe I can get a crew position for ’23. I am 66, in excellent health.
    Hauling Lunacat to Texas, and sailing her to Florida makes sense to me. That is, if the whole idea is not too crazy. I would plan on taking crew, not single-handing.
    have Stilettos ever done the Challenge?

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