The 2019 Painkiller Cup will take place on Saturday, January 18th. The race, a 14-mile downwind run from Trellis Bay to White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, is open to any team comprising three racers, at least one of which must be female.
We are expanding the event to include a solo race. These are three options for competitors:
Team Relay Race, Solo Race & Mini-Painkiller Cup
The interCaribbean Painkiller Cup Team race format comprises a 14-mile relay race starting in the shallow water at the top of Trellis Bay and finishing in front of Hendo’s Hideout in White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. The course is down through the narrow body of water between Great Caminoe and Beef Island, then through the Guana Island cut and down the North Shore of Tortola. The course is wide open as the paddlers cross from Tortola to Sandy Cay, which may be passed on either side, before running down the South side of Jost Van Dyke and turning in to White Bay.
The Painkiller Cup race starts in shallow water at the mouth of Trellis Bay. SUP racers must switch off their board on a predetermined rotation which is provided to the organizers at registration. The paddle time per racer is 25-minutes. There is no need to switch racers once your team has entered White Bay.
Each team must include at least one female paddler.
Any board 14′ and under is permissible. Teams must use the same board for the entire race
It is recommended that each SUP team have their own safety boat.
The new solo race starts in Brewers Bay on Tortola’s North Shore. The start is timed as the lead teams cross the mouth of the bay (probably around 11:00am). The course for the solo race is simple- Brewers Bay to White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, an approximate 7-mile downwind run. Solo race paddlers should plan to use leashes.
The popular mini-Painkiller Cup starts on Sandy Cay and finishes at White Bay. A simple 2.5 mile downwind course. The mini-Painkiller Cup is ideal for beginner & intermediate level paddlers. The start of this race is timed to begin as the first team racers are abreast of Sandy Cay, which will be approximately 12:00.