Jersey Outlaw Garvey Racing Returns

Jun 12, 2019
Photo by: Jersey Outlaw Racing Association Speed garvey racing is a local tradition and it returns to Tuckerton and Parkertown this summer.

After three years of quiet because of a lack of insurance coverage, the Jersey Outlaw Racing Association has been able to secure sponsors and two venues for a full summer schedule of boat racing off Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton.

The racing schedule starts in Tuckerton off South Green Street Park on Sunday, July 7 from noon to 3:30 p,m. Parkertown Docks at the end of Dock Road in Little Egg Harbor is the site for racing on July 21.

The Sunday schedule continues through the summer: July 28 at Tuckerton, Aug. 4 at Parkertown, Aug. 18 at Tuckerton, Aug. 25 at Parkertown, and Sept. 1 also in Parkertown. The championship race is Sept. 8 at Tuckerton with a rain date of Sept. 15. All races are subject to weather conditions with starts at noon.

Boat owners who want to register their craft for the races must participate in a boat inspection held on Sunday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Parkertown docks.The registration and inspection are done by the engine committee of the Jersey Outlaw Racing Association.

Garvey races have a rich history in the Barnegat Bay area. The garvey is a traditional wooden work boat for baymen. In 1953, the community-minded baymen started a 4th of July race to raise money for local fire companies.

Over the years the fiberglass speed garvey was developed. There are no purses or prize money offered in the races; the owners race for the pure joy of it. The events are free to spectators.

On July 7, for the start of the season, Tuckerton Mayor Susan Marshall will be the grand marshal and will announce the “hot laps.”

The Berkeley Dive Team will sell 50/50 tickets and local businesses have also donated gifts for a chance auction. Go to the Jersey Outlaw racing Association Facebook page for more information. To be a sponsor or to donate gift cards, contact Paul Hulse at phnh09@yahoo.com—P.J.

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