Join us for Hoboken's Polynesian Race and Festival at Maxwell Place Park on Saturday,
August 5, 2023! Ke Aloha Outrigger is proud to partner with Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse for this unique event on the Hudson River.
All are welcome to our Pacific Island themed Ohana Festival at Maxwell Place Park from 10:00PAM to 2:00PM.
See the schedule of events and our list of vendors.
Ke Aloha Outrigger is pleased to present the first outrigger canoe, SUP and sea kayak races of their kind on the Hudson River along the Hoboken Shore. We welcome elite and experienced paddlers willing to take on the challenge of the Hudson River and New York Harbor against the dramatic backdrop of the Manhattan and Jersey City Skyline against the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
OC1/OC2 and Surfski Race: 10-miles
out and back to the Statue of Liberty
SUP/Kayak Race: 4-miles
out and back to Colgate Clock/Jersey City
Thursday, August 3
5:00PM . Online registration closes.
There will be no in person registration at the race site. All athletes who are not registered online will not be allowed on the water.
Thursday, August 3
7:00PM . Online Race Orientation Meeting
All racers will be required to attend the online race orientation meeting. A link will be provided and attendance will be taken at the time of the meeting. Any racer who does not attend the online meeting will not be allowed to race.
Saturday, August 5
7:00AM-9:00AM . Check-in and Staging.
9:15AM-9:45AM . Launch
10:00AM . Race Start
11:00AM-12:30PM . Project Race Finish
12:00PM . Lunch.
1:00PM Awards Ceremony
2:00PM . Breakdown and Loading
3:00PM . Race Closes
Times subject to change.
See the Athlete Information section below for additional information.
Ke Aloha Outrigger and Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse are pleased to host the 2023 Hudson River Cup race on Saturday, August 5. COVID-19 continues to be a part of our daily lives and request all participants to be vigilant to protect our athletes, our volunteers and members of the public.
Pre-requisites - Liberty Course
The Hudson River Cup 10-mile Liberty Course is an advanced course. For safety reasons, all athletes who want to participate in the Liberty Course must submit list three (3) other races they have competed in along with their ranking at the time of registration in order to compete or with approval from the race directors. Race directors reserve the right to remove any athlete from competing in the Hudson River Cup if they feel they cannot complete the course in a safe or timely manner.
No Walk-up Registration
We will be ending online registration on Thursday, August 4 at 8PM. There will no walk-up registration on the day of the race. Anyone who is not registered on PaddleGuru by this time will not be allowed to race.
Mandatory Online Race Orientation Meeting
Thursday, 8/3 at 7:00PM
The race orientation meeting will be held online the night before the race. All racers are required to attend the Zoom meeting scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 7PM. A link will be sent to all registered racers on Friday morning. Attendance is mandatory and will be checked at the meeting. Any racers who are not present will not be allowed to race on Saturday.
Required Safety Equipment
US Coast Guard requires all athletes to have emergency whistles, PFD, leash and water during the race. An emergency whistle will be included in your swag bag when you check-in this year. Please be sure to bring that with you on the water. There will be a safety check prior to launch. If you are missing any of these items, you will not be allowed on the water.
Unloading Watercraft and Check-in at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse
Saturday, 8/5 . 7:00AM to 9:00AM
Athletes should follow the instructions below to get your watercraft to the race site.
If you have not already done so, please fill out the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Online Waiver.
Once in Hoboken, take 12th Street or 14th Street east towards the Hudson River to the water.
Turn right on Sinatra Drive North and park on the right side around 12th street. There will be a registration tent in the park at the foot of 12th street.
- Please park your car on the right side of the street only and remain in your vehicle. A registration volunteer will come to you to check you in and provide you your race number, swag bag and directions to nearby paid parking garages. ($20 for up to 10 hours)
- Once registered, you may unload your watercraft from your vehicle and proceed to the staging area. We will have volunteers help you if needed. Remember to wear your mask! This is a loading zone only so do not leave your vehicle unattended more than you need to.
- Do not block the bike lane on the left side of the street. Proceed with your craft to the staging area. Volunteers will be available to help you with your craft if needed.
- At the staging area, please maintain a minimum of six feet between watercraft to account for proper social distancing. Once your watercraft is in the staging area, please proceed back to your vehicle and leave the loading area so others can unload.
- Proceed to park your car and come back to Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse.
Athletes who are coming to the site by water can land on the beach at Hoboken Cove located in Maxwell Place Park a few piers south of Hoboken Pier 13.
- Once on the beach, please put on your mask and bring your craft up the ramp to the staging area. Volunteers will help point the way.
- Please make sure you maintain a minimum of six feet between watercraft to account for proper social distancing.
- Once your craft is safely in the staging area, please proceed to the registration tent located on the lawn at the foot of 12th Street along Sinatra Drive North and pick up your race number and swag bag. Please abide by the marks placed on the floor to maintain proper social distancing.
No Access to Boathouse Storage Bays
There will be no access to the main storage bays or office at the boathouse. Restrooms will be open and entered from the city side of the boathouse only.
If you have personal belongings that you would like stored while you race, please proceed to the bag check door located next to the restrooms on the city side of the boathouse. We will provide large plastic bags for you to place your belongings in. Place your items in the bag and hand it back to one of our volunteers. It will be tagged with your race number and stored inside the boathouse. To retrieve your items after the race, please provide the volunteer with your race number.
Race Launch and Safety Check
Saturday, 8/5 . 9:15AM to 9:45AM
- All boat numbers should be mounted on the port (LEFT) side of your watercraft so it is visible to the timers on land at the finish. For stand up paddlers, please stick it on the BACK of your PFD/shirt so it is clearly visible.
- All paddlers must go through a safety check by a race official. Safety check includes proper rigging, personal floatation device, hydration, leash and emergency whistle. Those who do not have these items will not be allowed to race.
- Once approved by a race official, paddlers will be given a wristband to wear. That wristband will allow entry to the beach.
- We will be launching in order of race number - start time TBD. Please be patient as perform this necessary part of our safety plan. We hope to get everyone on the water before 15 minutes of the race start to allow some time for everyone to warm up prior to the start of the race at 10:00AM
- Be sure to check in with the safety volunteer at the gate entering the beach with your name, race number and wristband. Athletes who fail to check-in or check-out will be disqualified.
- The race starts promptly at the end of the jetty at Maxwell Place Park.
Crossing the Finish Line
- Once you have crossed the finish line, please yell out your race number to the timing officials. Continue into the cove to the north of Maxwell Place Park to cool down and keep clear of the finish line.
- When you are ready, proceed back to the Hoboken Cove Beach. Be careful not to interfere with any athletes on the race course who are approaching the finish line.
Back on Land
- Once on the beach, take your craft back to the staging area as quickly as possible to keep the beach clear. We will have volunteers available to help you.
- You must check out with the safety volunteer at the gate as you exit the beach or you will be disqualified.
12:00PM to 1:00PM
When you have completed your race, please proceed to the front of the boathouse (water side) for your much deserved lunch.
The Awards Ceremony will be on the main lawn next to the staging area.
Cleanup and Loading
- You may pick up your vehicle and proceed back to the loading zone at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse on Sinatra Drive North to load your craft.
- Two hoses will be placed on the lawn at the south side of the boathouse for you to rinse off your watercraft prior loading on your vehicle. For your protection, we will have a volunteer disinfect the hose after each use.
- Please keep the bike lane and road clear. Volunteers will be around to help you move your craft from the staging area to your vehicle.
Join us at Hoboken's Ohana Festival at Maxwell Place Park! This festival will feature events for people of all ages including music, crafts and more!
10:00AM . Ohana Festival Opens
10:00AM - 12:00PM . Family Tent Arts and Crafts
11:45AM . Blessing of the New Canoe at Hoboken Cove Beach
12:00PM to 1:00PM . 'Auana Hula and Music by PA'I Nuioka
1:00PM . Kahiko (traditional) Hula by PA'I Nuioka
1:15PM . Hudson River Cup Awards Ceremony
1:45PM . Canoe Launch and Traditional Chant at Hoboken Cove Beach
2:00PM . Ohana Festival Closes
12:00PM to 1:15PM - Hawaiian Music and Hula by PA'I Nuioka
Enjoy music and a variety of 'Auana (modern) hula at noon with dancers and musicians of PA'I Nuioka. At 1:00PM, in honor of the athletes who took up the challenge of the Hudson River Cup, PA'I Nuioka will perform a series of Kahiko (traditional) hula to honor their feat prior to the Awards Ceremony.
About PA'I Nuioka
Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nuioka is the New York City extension of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima, the hālau hula (school of traditional Hawaiian dance) founded by Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nūioka is co-led by Kumu Vicky’s haumāna Carol Noelani Lau and Roberta Māpuana Uno, both from Oʻahu, and comprised of haumāna from New York and the tri-state area. Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nūioka is a resident company of La MaMa Theatre's Indigenous Initiative. The hālau has performed at the Prince Lot Festival on Oʻahu, the Queen Emma Festival on Kauaʻi, the LaMama Moves Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium & Reach Stages, Jacobʻs Pillow Iside/Out Festival, the New York Botanical Gardens, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Highline Ballroom, and various New York City venues.
We are honored to have Kahu Kris Kato, a keeper of Hawaiian chants under the guidance of Dr. Pualani Kanaka`ole Kanahele to consecrate our new canoe. The Chants for Canoe Ceremony, Lolo 'Ana I Ka Wa'a, is drawn from ancient traditions on consecrating a new canoe.
11:45AM - Part 1. The Sacrifice
Today, as in the past, the consecration takes place on the beach near where the new canoe rests. A chant by Kahu Kris Kato and Keith Tsang will start the consecration process. We invite the public to join in silent witness on the beach and surrounding walkway.
1:45PM - Part 2. The Gift of Life
Closing out the Ohana Festival will be the official consecration of the canoe into this world. All are invited to gather on the beach to welcome the new canoe back to shore after giving an offering to the water. Upon the canoe's return, a group chant will be performed to "impart brains to the canoe" or to give it life and meaning. Those who do not know the chant can witness with good wishes so that the new canoe can start a long life with your blessings.
The Hudson River Cup would not be possible without our sponsors and vendors.
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Ke Aloha Outrigger and Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse’s participation in the Hudson River Cup is supported by Goldman Sachs’ Community TeamWorks. Through Community TeamWorks, the people of Goldman Sachs contribute their ideas, time and expertise to drive tangible progress in our communities. Launched in 1997, this signature volunteering initiative enables our people to work in partnership with nonprofit organizations around the world to make a meaningful difference.