The 21st annual Upper Township Beach Patrol M.S. Six-Mile Bay Row will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Deauville Inn in the Strathmere section of Upper Township.
A paddleboard race, which is also part of the event, will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the same site.
The Bay Row event is a fundraiser for the fight against multiple sclerosis. Registration money and donations help that cause. Upper Township Beach Patrol Chief Bill Handley said Sunday that in its first 20 years, the Bay Row has raised more than $60,000.
The doubles crews start by rowing in the bay to Sea Isle City. Following a turn, they go in the opposite direction to southern Ocean City. After a final turn, the crews finish in the water at the Deauville.
Margate Beach Patrol alumnus Carl Smallwood Jr. will row Monday with Margate lifeguard lieutenant Chris Graves. Smallwood won the Bay Row last year with B.J. Fox in 1 hour, 14 minutes.
Avalon’s Erich Wolf and Craig Whitehead, second last year in 1:14:55, are back again. Third in 1:15:15 in 2012 were Wildwood Crest’s Brendan Cunningham and Terry McGovern, who also return. Also back are Upper lifeguard Wayne MacMurray and Wildwood alumnus Bill Kindle. MacMurray and Kindle were fourth last year in 1:16:25.
Another contender is the Wildwood crew of Brandon Joyce and Steve McGuinn. Ventnor alumnus Tom Sher will row with Longport lifeguard Tom Kresz. The Ventnor alumni crew of Dennis Funk and George Miller will also race.
The race will have at least three female crews and also has a mixed doubles category. A good mixed doubles crew is Ocean City’s Dylan Kosten and Margate’s Danielle Fournier.
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