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Tour de Yadkin
Tour de Yadkin is a wonderful way for paddlers and their families to explore the easy waters of the Yadkin River. Beginner paddlers are welcome! This is a great opportunity for folks to get outside, and have fun, while enjoying the serene beauty the Yadkin River offers. Participants will soon recognize how valuable clean water is to the vitality of our state. The Yadkin is the lifeblood of this entire region, and to all the communities that rely on the Yadkin for fishable, swimmable, drinkable water.
Tour de Yadkin champions on-the-water recreation to instill a sense of river-stewardship, create eco-tourism opportunities, and celebrate clean water.
Tour de Yadkin FAQ's
Do I need to register in order to paddle during the Tour de Yadkin?
Yes indeed, please register for EACH paddle day.
Can I bring my dog?
YES. We encourage you to bring your entire family, even your smelly children!
I'm not an experienced paddler, will I be able to paddle 10 or more miles?
Absolutely. For some of us, paddling against the wind, current and other elements is not how we would choose to spend our free time. If that's the case- the Yadkin is the river for you. Keep calm and float-on is our motto. You'll get to your destination at your own pace. Each paddle day is different, however most are suitable for all ages!
What should I bring?
Since it'll be June and the sun will be in full force, make sure you smother yourself in sunscreen and bring a hat. Bring a water bottle that can be reused. If the paddle does not specify that food will be provided, please bring enough provisions to satisfy your hunger. If you are renting a boat, a life jacket will be provided. If you are bringing you own boat, please bring a life jacket.
How long does it take?
A good estimate for a paddler's pace is about 3 miles per hour. So, if your trip is about 10 miles, estimate about 3 hours to be on the water. However, on our larger trips we expect that paddlers might get out of their boats to enjoy a swim, so some of our estimated times include taking a break and jumping in the Yadkin.
What is a boat dump?
Well, that's a good question that might need some clarity. No, it's not what you might think. Rather it's simply when you exit your boat unexpectedly. It may be startling for you, but it's pretty entertaining for the rest of us. Don't worry though, it's quite the feat to dump your own boat. The fear is that another paddler may dump you, so watch out!
Terri, Director of Operations and Programs at YRK, victim of a boat dumping accident at Tour de Yadkin 2011.
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