There aren’t many grassroots sea kayak marathons hosted in Estonia, save for the competitive Lahemaa Marathon and the Laimjala Aeruramm canoe orienteering competition. Our marathon is significantly longer, spanning almost 40 km from the Kuressaare castle park around Väike-Tulpe and Abruka islands. This route offers great geographical benefits: the choice of distances, pitstops along the way that support spectators, logistics, shelter from open sea waves, sea rescue and safety, and a finish line with good infrastructure. The shallow Gulf of Riga has warm water, adding to the sense of security. You can opt to do the shorter course (approx. 27 km) or go both distances in a group.
A kayak marathon, among other things, broadens sporting opportunities for the islanders, introducing them (often for the first time) to a sport that could be practiced much more often in the island’s coastal waters than it currently is. To popularise and encourage the sport, the members of the Abruka Village Association can participate for free. This marathon is not competitive in nature. For example, there is a bird-watching prize for the boat party that in its short or long distance has counted the most bird species. In addition, the first three single and double-seated kayaks on the full-length course will receive awards.
The marathon’s schedule includes activities from morning until late at night. The finish line at the Roomassaare marina is open until sunset.
Long story short:
The kayak marathon starts on 22 July at 10 am from Kuressaare Castle Park. The marathon distance is approximately 40/27 km. The track passes the islands of Abruka, Vahase, Linnusita, and Kasse. The long-distance track passes also the Väike-Tulpe island. Safety boats in cooperation with the Saaremaa Search and Rescue Team patrol the length of the course.
Marathon participants have free catering on the race track (Vesiaia pitstop and Abruka harbor pitstop). Soft drinks are served at the finish area in Roomassaare Port. The afterparty and sauna takes place in Roomassaare Port at around 18 pm.
Registration form is available here.
Marathon fee is 30 € (before June), 40 € (in June), and 45 € (in July). Registration is open until 10 July.
Registration is complete upon submitting the registration form and making a bank transfer to the Abruka Village Association's bank account:
Name: Abruka Külaselts
Bank account: EE 26 2200 2210 2105 2463 (Swedbank)
For kayak rentals in Kuressaare, see here or here.
Kuressaare has a large number of options when it comes to accommodation. Hotels and spas are plentiful, while AirBnB is also a good option.
For more information on accommodation and sightseeing on Saaremaa Island, please see https://visitsaaremaa.ee/en/.
The Abruka Sea Kayak Race was supported in 2022 and 2023 by MTÜ Vöimalus.