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St. John Set to Support Wounded Veterans This Weekend

Image credit: VI Daily News 2022

One of my favorite events is happening in St. John this weekend, and you all are invited to get in on the action!

The Chaotic Kayak race is scheduled for Sunday, July 30th at 11 a.m. on the beach in Cruz Bay. The Chaotic Kayak is an event that supports Team River Runner, an adventure and adaptive paddling program for wounded and disabled veterans. Team River Runner has been bringing veterans to St. John for a week-long leadership clinic since 2007. One hundred percent of the money raised at this event will be used to bring veterans to St. John this October.

Chaotic Kayak is a zany race in which teams kayak around an obstacle course in Cruz Bay. They do so while getting doused by buckets of water from boaters moored out in the bay. Each team also tries to get a child to sit in the middle, and this teammate’s job may be one of the most important of the day. His or her job is to use a super soaker to throw off nearby teams. It’s seriously a very fun event.

Hudson Boudreau (center) helped bring his team to victory last year! Pictured with Connor Masterson and Marty Bruckner. Hudson’s parents own Bonvi Hospitality.

Teams receive a five-second head start for every $100 raised. Five seconds may not seem like a lot, but it is when you’re in a race!

The teams that are currently participating are:

  • St. John Beach Bum
  • Crabby’s ‘Ol Crow’s Nesters (Joe Marini)
  • High Tide
  • Porterhouse Express (Dave & Jerry’s Steakhouse)
  • Red Hook & Cruz Bay Family Practice
  • Salty Soldiers (Ryan Major)
  • The Beach Bar
  • The Windmill Bar
  • VI Expeditions

It’s not too late to sign up to participate! The entry fee is just $150. Click here for more information.

The Beach Bar plans to donate all tips this Friday to Team River Runner. The Windmill Bar plans to donate all of its tips this Saturday to Team River Runner. So be sure to stop by each of those great spots.

Not on island? No problem! Click here to visit the Chaotic Kayak’s fundraising page, and donate to support your favorite team!


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