Friday, August 7, 2009
This Sunday, the Carmel Waterman’s Club, formed May 30, presents their first Dolphin Race, a 9-mile paddle that starts at Carmel Beach, stretches to Stillwater Cove, hits Ghost Tree, the Carmel Canyon and Point Lobos, finishing back at Carmel Beach (Scenic Road and Santa Lucia Avenue). While competitors are out at sea, there will be a 2-mile "short course" paddle and a Harbor Seal Sprint for kids. According to the club's founder, Brian Mullen, the event is being held to "commemorate the memories" of junior lifeguards Ryan Field and Alex Robbins: "[They were] two surfers who left the ocean much too soon. [The event] also promotes ocean activities that help with associations like Monterey's Jr. Lifeguard program.” After a 6:30am check-in, the Dolphin Race starts at 8am; the 2-mile race starts at 8:10am, with the kids' race starting at 10am. Carmel's Mundaka (San Carlos and Seventh) hosts an after-party at 4pm. Competitors receive an event t-shirt, lunch provided by the Rio Grill, a goody bag, water safety from California State Park lifeguards, and a raffle ticket. Prizes come courtesy of On the Beach, Sunshine, Liquid and other good-natured ocean-going folks. Registration is $45 for ages 15 and up, $10 for ages 14 and under, and half of the proceeds will be donated to the Monterey Jr. Lifeguard Program. Go to http://carmelwatermansclub.blogspot.com/2009/07/first-annual-dolphin-race-in-carmel.html for more details or email Mullen at email@example.com for details and to contribute.