Round Shaw Row

race mapStart: August 10, 2024 8 AM-ish
Level: 3
Distance: 14mi
Check In: at the Group campsite
Meeting: Pre-race meetings held in open field near shelter.
EARLY START: Check-in 7:15 AM (or earlier) — Pre-race meeting: 7:30 AM — Race starts: 8:00 AM
Director:  Herbie Weisse
Phone: Herbie Weisse 425.263.0520
Carrie Weisse 425.232.7858

The Shaw Island Race made its informal debut in 1978 when Don Cameron & Nick Fahey challenged sailors in a circumnavigation of the island and won. The following year, 1979, a dozen kayaks and rowing shells raced the loop, marking the official beginning of what is now the longest running people-powered boat race in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, participation has ranged from a handful to a hundred.

Race Requirements

Must be able to self rescue.
Wear or have life vest attached to boat.  Youth under 18 must wear vest.
Must have whistle.
Bring cell phone in waterproof case. Herb Weisse will be emergency number at 425-263-0520
Must assist anyone who flips.  Stay with paddler/rower until they are in their boat.

Getting to the Start

Catch the Island ferry at Anacortes (get in the line for Shaw, of course). From the dock head south to Indian Cove. It is critical to make a reservation to Shaw. Ferry schedules can be found at Ferry to return to Anacortes is first come/first serve.

Race Registration

Coming soon!

Race Course

The Round Shaw Race is a world-class 14 mile event which will present a challenge for even the most accomplished open water racer. There is nearly always some rough water and strong tidal currents during the race. At the same time, island ‘ease’ dominates the weekend. Racers can choose their direction (clockwise or counterclockwise).

Course Record

Rob O’Brien/Jeff Knakal, 1:39:45 in 2003 in a 2X.

Entry Fees

None! This race is free due to the cost to get to the race.


Ribbons awarded for 1st-3rd by category.


Campsite fees have increased substantially. Soundrowers has reserved the group campsite for Friday. Cost is over $200 so would appreciate a donation of $15/person to offset the cost. Pay one of the race directors when you arrive. The facilities at the park are very primitive with only cold running water. There is camping available for only 15 people.  So far we have Carrie and Herb (the race directors); plus four more person have told us they are camping on Friday. The is room for 9 more people at the group site. There is paid parking available for cars.  Check in time is 2 pm. Check out is noon. Call Carrie Weisse 425.232.7858 for information on camping