The Great Cross Sound

race map
Start: August 24, 2024
9:00 AM
Level: 2-3
Distance: 7mi
Meeting: Pre-race meeting at 8:15 AM August 26
Director: Theresa & Jeff Knakal
Phone: 425.327.3754

Getting to the Start

From I-5, take the West Seattle Bridge Exit. Head west and take the Harbor Ave SW exit. Turn right onto Harbor Ave SW. Harbor Ave becomes Alki Ave SW. Continue to the Alki Beach Bathhouse. Please park legally!

Race Registration

Coming soon!

Race Course

The course heads out west to Blakely rock off Bainbridge Island. After turning counter-clockwise around the rock, head southeast to Decatur Reef. Turn around the buoy off the reef and head back toward Alki Point.

Course Record

Tyler Peterson and Evan Jacobs, 49:44 in 2006 in a 2x.

Entry Fees

Pre-registration discount
Members of Sound Rowers: $10 per person
Non-members: $15 per person

Day of race registration
Members of Sound Rowers: $15 per person
Non-members: $20 per person

Boats of 3+ competitors
$10 per person (members and/or nonmembers).


Ribbons awarded for 1st-3rd by category.

Historical Note

The Great Cross Sound Race originally started at Alki and finished on Bainbridge Island. The last race to compete this course was in 1987. From 1988 to 1993, it was changed to a round trip course that started at Alki Beach, went around Blakely Rock, the mid-channel buoy and returned. The record for that course is held by Greg Barton, 50:35 in 1993 in an HPK. The current course, adopted in 1994 goes around Blakely Rock, south to Decatur Reef and returns to Alki Beach.