Location:

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Saturday, April 27 Time and Events

8:30am – Harbor Island Racers Meeting Sound Side
8:40am – Harbor Island Recreational race: 5K flatwater race
8:45am-Money Island Racers Meeting Sound Side
9:10am-Money Island race start

General Conditions:

Low tide: 08:57 AM [Read the post on this year’s tides]
Sunrise: 6:25 AM
Sunset: 7:53 PM
Estimated Water Temp: 65 degrees Fahrenheit
Estimated Air Temp and Wind: No way to tell until the day before, even that is subject to change from hour to hour.

Local Surf Reports CAMs: See the conditions, live

Surfchex: At Crystal Pier and the Oceanic Restaurant at the south end of Wrightsville Beach. This is the best quality and most consistent cam on WB.

WB Live Surf: This is our friend Tony’s site. They do an awesome job of posting surf reports every single day of the year at dawn, mid-morning, lunch and afternoon. Good quality CAM. Works with Surfchex.

Logistics Notes:

  • This is a water start and a beach finish
  • Get to the event site WAY IN ADVANCE of the racers meeting and bring your board to the sound side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
  • Have your PFD and leash with your board
  • Put your name and phone number on your board, there are going to be many identical board types and models
  • Turn in your chip at the end
  • You can pull up for board dropoff then park or park and walk or paddle there with your board
  • Get the parking app to pay for parking wherever you are on Wrightsville Beach. PayByPhone app. https://www.paybyphone.com/locations/wrightsville-beach

Course:

Course Notes:

  • The course is 3.2 to 3.5 miles long, depending on your line and the tide. A higher tide lets you take a shorter course. A lower tide makes for a longer course. This will be a lower tide, so it may be slightly longer.
  • There are 3 bridges, one of which is the drawbridge and is the place where you will most have to focus on boat traffic.
  • There are oysters and sand bars, most will be in play with the low tide. That said, the channel is always deepest. Stay in deep water.
  • Do not touch the pilings as they are covered with barnacles and oysters and will ding your hands and boards/boats/canoes
  • The race directors call the direction of the race based on the direction of the graveyard race on the morning of the race. No one knows until the morning of the race and speculation is fruitless. Be prepared to paddle in an either clockwise or counter-clockwise direction

Tips:

  • Get to Wrightsville Beach early and try the course at Low Tide. Take notes even if just mental on where the sand bars are, landmarks, etc.
  • Do not look at the weather report until Friday, it’s always changing
  • The Tide will be dead low with very little current. The tide will start coming in after 9am.
  • Yell when you get under the bridges because it echos
  • When you come into the beach, take your leash off or you’ll make someone’s highlight reel
  • The wind direction will make the race strategy more complicated, but do your best and wait until race morning and the racers meeting to make your decisions. Again, be prepared to go in either direction.
  • Do not play chicken with boats. They do not shut down the waterways for the race and you do NOT have the right of way. Play chicken with the bulls and you’ll end up as a flat chicken.
  • Wear sunscreen, but wash your hands before you touch your board or paddle
  • Do not put sunscreen on your knees, because when you kneel on your board, your deck pad will get greasy.
  • No alcohol or dogs on the beach at any time
  • Cross on the crosswalk for which they are legally obligated to stop for pedestrians, but often don’t. There will be police officers to enforce this.
  • Do not park at the blockade runner unless you are staying there.
  • Do not look at the weather report until Friday, it’s always changing

Tide Flow for incoming Tide:

Good luck and have fun!

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