Red Bull Privateers: A Pirate Inspired Team SUP Race

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Team SUP race inspired by pirate history of Calico Jack and the lost treasure of Cape Romano

For the first time, Red Bull Privateers Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Race will take place on Cape Romano, just South of Marco Island, FL. 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 1700’s, 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.

Who may compete?

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!

An Entry fee of $100 per team is required, with a portion being donated to the Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve.

Where will Red Bull Privateers be held?

Cape Romano located in the Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve
Ten Thousand Islands, FL

Launch Point will be Caxambus boat ramp on Marco Island. The event is FREE for members of the public to watch.

Sounds like fun, when is it?

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

  • 11:00 a.m. – Race Begins
  • 1:30 p.m. – Race Ends

Register via PaddleGuru