Garvey Races in Full Swing This Summer

By Pat Johnson | Jul 24, 2019
Photo by: Kevin Kearney Garvey races take off at South Green Street in Tuckerton.

Tuckerton — The Jersey Outlaw Racing Association hosts its third speed garvey race of the season in Tuckerton Cove off Tuckerton’s South Green Street Park on Sunday, July 28.

The first and second races were well attended, according to organizer Paul Hulse, with the first race at Tuckerton Beach drawing between 500 and 800 spectators to the free event. The three-quarter of a mile water course takes place between 250 and 500 feet off the beach so everyone gets a good look, he said. Three or four boats race against each other in three-lap races.

The first race of the season saw two racers bounced from their boats into the water, but no one was hurt, said Hulse. The second race this past Sunday was off Parkertown Beach in Little Egg Harbor and drew 15 speed garveys plus one Jersey skiff, but because of the broiling hot weather there were fewer spectators. Weather for the July 28 race should not be as hot and could draw a big crowd once again. There are four more races in the series.

Jersey Outlaw Racing has been keeping the sport of speed garvey racing alive. It was started some 60 years ago when clammers would race back to the docks for bragging rights. The organization lost its insurance in 2016 but through the efforts of Jimmy Crimmins, Hulse, Dave Mackey, Denise Gerone-Miller and John Quinlan, it was revived.

“We race for no money, just bragging rights. We are a nonprofit keeping a clamming heritage alive,” Hulse said.

All events are free to spectators. A food truck is onsite and Jersey Outlaw Racing sells T-shirts to raise money for the organization. Shelter Cove Marina is one of the sponsors of the event. There is also a 50/50 chance available for the Berkeley Dive Team, another sponsor.  —P.J.


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