The Longport Beach Patrol crew of Mike McGrath and Sean Duffey won the seventh annual Hammer Row in 38 minutes, 45 seconds on Thursday in the Seaview Harbor beach section of Egg Harbor Township.

The four-mile race for doubles crews goes from Seaview Harbor through the intracoastal waterway of Longport and Margate and back again.

Avalon's Erich Wolf and Craig Whitehead were second in 38:52 and the crew of Margate alumnus John Swift and partner Mick Cote took third in 39:00.

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McGrath is the son of the late Michael D. McGrath, for whom the event is named and whose nickname was "The Hammer." Michael D. McGrath was the Longport patrol's co-captain and its top rower for many years.

"We tried to get to the lead and hold everyone off," said Duffey, 29, the stern. "It was good to get the win because the race is named after Mike's dad. It was also good to win at the end of the (season)."

The previous six Hammer Rows were each won by Margate.

Upper Township's Greg Van Gilder and Cara Thomas were 36th overall in 44:43 and were the first mixed crew.

There was also an open paddleboard race won by Bruckner Chase. Sven Peltonen was second and Andy Giordano placed third.

Contact Guy Gargan:

609-272-7210

ggargan@pressofac.com

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