Chris Hopkinson paddles out from Concord Lighthouse in Havre de Grace, Md. to begin his 240-mile paddle. Image: Cheryl Costello

VIDEO: Grueling 240-Mile Bay Paddle Underway to Support Oysters

It would sound crazy if it weren’t true: an Annapolis man is making his way down the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay on a standup paddleboard. Since he launched from Havre de Grace Friday morning, conditions have been rough, windy, and borderline hypothermic at times.

Chris Hopkinson wants to accomplish a feat that no one has ever attempted to raise awareness—and funds—for oyster recovery in the Bay. He’s making his way down the Eastern Shore, paddling about eight hours a day, and expects to complete the trip in nine days. He’s raised $137,000 so far for the he Oyster Recovery Partnership, with support from sponsors like Flying Dog beer, Old Bay, and Perdue Farms. CBM is proud to serve as media sponsor for Hopkinson’s incredible effort. Cheryl Costello saw him off on his journey. Watch below:

To donate to the Bay Paddle, visit or text BAYPADDLE to 44-321. Each donation enters you into a raffle to win a custom wrapped paddleboard from title sponsor Flying Dog Brewery and other prizes.