Two hundred and fifty paddlers took part last year in the Baltimore Floatilla, a rally to support clean water, so this year, the organizers want to double the number.
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore has set June 10 as the date for the second annual Baltimore Floatilla for a Healthy Harbor, which benefits the organization’s Healthy Harbor initiative.
“Last year the event sold out a month ahead of time,” said Adam Lindquist, director of the Healthy Harbor initiative, in a statement. “Two hundred and fifty paddlers participated in 2016, and we’re challenging the paddling community to double that number for 2017 to show their support for clean water and a healthy urban environment.”
The event starts at 8 a.m., when experienced paddlers will launch their kayaks, canoes and standup paddle boards from the Canton Waterfront Park at 3001 Boston Street. From there, they will paddle 2.5 miles to the Inner Harbor Amphitheater for a rally for clean water, complete with a live, on-the-water performance by the Baltimore jazz-swing group Tongue in Cheek. The paddlers will then return to Canton Waterfront Park for an after party sponsored by MOM’s Organic Market, featuring food and live music by the Swingin’ Swamis.
Registration is $40 per person and includes the paddle and rally, a commemorative Floatilla t-shirt, emergency whistle and lunch provided by the Smoking Swine food truck. New this year, participants with previous paddling experience will be able to reserve on-site kayaks with Ultimate Watersports for an additional fee. Registration is open at BaltimoreFloatilla.com until June 4 or whenever the 500 spots are filled.
Lead partners for the event include MOM’s Organic Market, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and Ultimate Watersports. Additional partners include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Baltimore Water Taxi, Baltimore Rowing Club, the National Aquarium, Blue Water Baltimore, Parks & People Foundation, Baltimore Dragon Boat Club, Chesapeake Kayak Adventures, WatersEdge Kayak Club, Canton Kayak Club, Clearwater Mills, LLC and the Downtown Sailing Center.