Sunday, January 22, 2017

2017 Tybee Kayak Races

YAHOO!!!!! Marsha Henson and Ronnie Kemp of Sea Kayak Georgia will be the race coordinators for the 18th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races to benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Tentative date is Saturday, October 21, 2017.

More to come soon - just wanted to post the news. Please pass the word. And thank you, Marsha and Ronnie!!!!

Happy New Year to All!!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Dear Racers, Sponsors, Volunteers, and Supporters,

After much deliberation, we have decided that the Tybee Kayak Race will not take place this year. 

I am sorry for the cancellation, but we have realized that we cannot pull it off. The reason is this year’s perfect storm of a particularly busy season for staff at the Marine Science Center and too many personal family and other issues for me.

In fact, those personal issues for me mean I will probably not continue as race director in the future. It’s been a good run and lots of fun!!!! I am very appreciative and happy about the Tybee Kayak Races’ place in the Tybee community.

This long-term race has benefitted the Tybee Island Marine Science Center for 17 years and for the past dozen years contributed an annual average of $10,000+ to the Center!!! 

Thank you so much to all of you. Events like this cannot happen without LOTS of engagement by the community – kayakers, businesses and individuals sponsoring, volunteers, and general support. You have all been amazing in your participation and dedication to this event!!!! We hope you will continue your support of the Marine Science Center.

Thank you also to the SEP (SouthEast Paddlesports) Series. I am so happy for their support of paddlesports and good causes. There are lots of other great races so check those out at I wish you all happy paddling.

Regarding the future of the Tybee Kayak Race, we will see what next year brings. 

As with everything in life, stay tuned .  . . . 

Again, thank you all. And sorry for the cancellation–it was a hard decision.

All my best to all of you, see you on the water,

Debbie Kearney

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sorry for the Delay Updating Our Site

It's been a wonderfully crazy busy start of the season here on Tybee Island, so we're a bit behind on updating this site. Please be patient with us just a little bit longer.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Congratulations to all the Racers!!

Race results are posted. Congratulations and thank you to all the race participants!! We appreciate your determination in the face of storms. Hooray for all of you!!! Some even said the weather was better without the sun's blazing heat. Thankfully, no lightning!!! You made it another successful Tybee Kayak Race and helped raise approximately $10,000 for the Tybee Island Marine Science Center!!!

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors and volunteers, too!! Obviously, this is a team effort and could not happen without everyone's enthusiasm and dedication.

Please support our sponsors who are supporting us for the kayak races and the Marine Science Center.

Now, on to the next race in the Southeast Paddlesports Series - Saturday, September 26, Port Royal Paddle Battle. Start and finish at Parris Island Boat Landing, Port Royal, SC. Check-in opens at 8, race start is 10 a.m. Go to for more info. Proceeds benefit the Port Royal Sound Foundation.

Again, thanks to everyone. Hope to see you at next year's Tybee race, set for Sept. 17, 2016.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Race Day less than a week away!!!

Race day is less than a week away! Racers who haven't signed up yet - now's the time. And please recruit your friends, too. It's going to be another fun year of good camaraderie and fun competition! And for a good cause - the Tybee Island Marine Science Center!!!

And thank you to all our wonderful sponsors!!! Please see our Sponsors page and check out all those businesses that are supporting us. Let's give them our support, too.

See you on Race Day!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Three weeks to Race Day

Three weeks and it will finally be here!!!! Race Day!!! Lots of you have signed up. Thank you. I know there are lots more of you out there that still need to sign up. Lots of people inquiring, sponsors getting on board, racers in training - it's exciting. And the Tybee Island Marine Science Center is as busy as ever with late summer visitors and gearing up for school programs.

So join us for the races - it's fun and supports the Tybee Island Marine Science Center ( for more info).

Please let me know if you have questions.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

4th Annual Paddle Bender

4th Annual Paddle Bender, May 30, 2015 at Dreher Island State Park, Prosperity, South Carolina to benefit the Carolina Wildlife Center. This is a beautiful park and the race is coordinated by great folks. It will be LOTS of fun for a good cause. Go to for more info and to register!!!! This is another great SEP Series event