Last year, Chris Hopkinson made history -- and raised nearly $200,000 in support of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Partnership -- by becoming the first person to paddle a stand-up paddleboard the length of the Chesapeake Bay, from Havre de Grace, Maryland, to the Atlantic Ocean off Norfolk, Virginia.

Now Chris wants to make this charity event more accessible to other paddlers by offering an opportunity for individuals to paddle solo or join a relay team. CLC's own Nicky Stimpson has decided to go the more difficult route and paddle the bay solo. CLC is going to supply Nicky with a support boat and crew while she paddles her 14' Kaholo during the epic journey.

The Bay Paddle 2021 adventure will be staged over an 8-day span, between August 27 and September 3, 2021.

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Watch for more information on how to follow Nicky virtually as well as how to join her during certain legs of the 215-mile trip -- and how to support the paddlers' efforts to raise funds for the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Chesapeake Conservancy, in support of a cleaner, healthier Chesapeake Bay.

Nicky's goal for this event is $25,000 and she needs your help! All proceeds will benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Chesapeake Conservancy through Bay Paddle, Inc., a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax-deductible. The bay continues to struggle; together we can make a difference. 

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Meantime, check out the Bay Paddle website and the PBS documentary on Chris' 2020 effort, "Power of the Paddle," airing locally Maryland Public Television on Wednesday, April 21, at 9pm; and Saturday, April 24, at 8pm. (Check for your local listings!)

Questions? Want to know more about how to participate? Contact Nicky Stimpson,

Watch the video about Chris Hopkinson's 2020 effort!


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