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2019 Treasure Island Pirate Paddle 5
May 18, 2019 @ 12:00 am EDT
Welcome to the 2019 Treasure Island Pirate Paddle 5. For the fifth consecutive year this paddle sport event will take place on the beautiful Manasquan River along the shores of Point Pleasant, Brielle, Brick, and Wall Township. This year, we will include divisions for SUP, Prone Paddle, OC-1, OC-2, Surfski, and Kayak. For 2019 the event will feature several races; a 7-Mile Elite WPA & Paddle League sanctioned (points) Distance Race, a 3.5-Mile Sprint Race, a 1.5 Mile Fun Paddle, and a 1/2-Mile Kid’s race (conditions permitting). Directly following the last race there will be awards and an after-party (location to be determined). Net proceeds will be donated to benefit The St. Peter School, a local K through 8 school in nearby Point Pleasant Beach as well as other local charities. There will also be a Pre-Race meet and greet on Friday evening between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00 pm at Last Wave Brewing Co., 601 Bay Avenue in downtown Point Pleasant Beach. Some Important Information:Once again, there will be no onsite race-day regisration. Pre-registration is required. This will eliminate delays and confusion on the morning of the race. The event will launch out of Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant. There are bathroom facilities and parking on the premises and along the street. This will be a WPA sanctioned points race. All WPA racing rules and regulations will apply. WPA Safety Regulations for 2019: All paddlers 13 years of age and older must wear a USCG approved type I, II, or III PFD or have one attached to their board. Leashes will be required for all SUP paddlers per the latest WPA regulations. All children 12 years of age and under must wear a vest type PFD and use a leash. No exceptions. This year we will also be enforcing a time limit for each race. Racers that have not crossed the finish line by the time limit will be required to board a support vessel. Due to one minor channel that needs to be crossed at the very beginning of the course, the race directors have decided to use a “beach” start for each race. Before the start of the race, each racer will cross the channel and line up along the east facing shore of Treasure Island. Therefore, at the start of the race there will be no channel crossing required. Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Committee. Special Note on Parking:Riverfront Park is located along the Manasquan River in Point Pleasant, but it is also adjacent to a residential neighborhood to the south and west. Along the east side is a multi-family residential complex. The town has asked that the participants of this event take special care in respecting the properties of the surrounding neighborhood. There are limited parking spaces on the Riverfront Park site, therefore this event will also require some on-street parking. Please respect property owner’s driveway access and municipality parking regulations. Also, upon entering the parking area, please enter thru the east entrance, drop off your equipment, and exit on the west end of the lot. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation. A Word on Safety:We are taking every precaution possible to assure the absolute safety of each and every paddler regardless of age and experience. PFD’s and leashes will be required and we will have support boats nearby at all times. Depending on tide and wind there may be potentially dangerous currents along certain portions of the course, especially at bridges and narrow channels. While there will be a shorter 3.5-mile sprint race and a 1.5-mile fun paddle, this is still not an event for first-time paddlers. We ask that each paddler exercise common sense and caution while participating in this event. For Additional Information:contact Rich Bubnowski at [email protected] / tel: 732-330-2760 / 732-701-4900follow our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/paddlesurfnewjerseywww.facebook.com/TreasureIslandPiratePaddle5www.instagram.com/GardenStatePaddleSerieswww.instagram.com/Paddle_Surf_New_Jerseyor view our website at www.paddlesurfnj.comWe will continue to add event information on these sites up until race day. Interested in Volunteering?:contact Rich Bubnowski at [email protected] / tel: 732-330-2760 / 732-701-4900 Pre-Race Meet & Greet: Friday, May 17 at Last Wave Brewing Co., 601 Bay Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach from 5:00 – 9:00 pm / www.lastwavebrewing.com Where to Stay?:The Crystal Point Inn right along the Manasquan River offers double occupancy rooms at an affordable price (approximately $89) just 1 mile west of the race site at 3900 River Road, Point Pleasant. tel: (732)899-3444 / www.thecrystalpointinn.comAlso in the area:-Pelican Point Motel, 210 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach-Surfside Motel, 101 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach -Sand Pebble Motor Lodge, 905 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach Due to a tremendously positive response over the last four years and an average of 155 registered paddlers each year, we reserve the right to close Registration a few days early if needed. For 2019 we expect to attract over 200 competitors so please register early to guarantee yourself a spot and an event shirt. Once again there will be no walk-on registration available, except for the Kid’s Race. Thank you for your cooperation and support. For those of you that paddled in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, thank you for helping to make our first four years amazing and for those of you racing here for the first time, best of luck and we can’t wait to see you all at Treasure Island Pirate Paddle 5 ! IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THERE WILL BE A RAIN DATE ON SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019, HOWEVER WE WILL MAKE THAT DECISION AND ANNOUNCEMENT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE THAT IS TRAVELING.