The 73rd annual South Jersey Lifeguard Championships was postponed Friday due to a forecast of thunderstorms.

The event was rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 34th Street beach in Ocean City.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Tom Mullineaux made the postponement before Friday afternoon and informed the other South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs.

"The forecast didn't look good, and they all agreed that we made the right call," said Mullineaux.

The South Jersey Championships, the top beach patrol event of the season, was also postponed in 2010 in Ventnor and held three days later. Before that, the last postponement was in 1991.

Ocean City, the defending team champion, will be going for its 34th South Jersey title (including ties), the most among the 15 patrols in the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association. Ties for the crown were eliminated in 2007.

Yates Swim in A.C.

The 41st annual Harry Yates Memorial Swim, a 1-mile ocean race, will be held at 6:45 p.m. today at Albany Avenue beach in Atlantic City. The race, which has a box course in the ocean, is open to all.

Registration is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the beach tent at Albany Avenue beach. The race-day registration fee is $30. For information, visit acbp.org or call the Atlantic City Beach Patrol at 609-347-5304.

Arthur Frayler, 17, of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., was the overall winner last year in 12 minutes, 6.81 seconds. Erin Myers, 14, of Upper Township, was 13th overall and the women's champion in 15:55.26.

The event honors the late Yates, a three-time South Jersey Lifeguard champion in the doubles row who became an Atlantic City Beach Patrol chief.

Tri-Wood today

The 10th annual Tri-Wood Lifeguard Championships will be held at 6:15 p.m. today at the Lincoln Avenue beach in Wildwood. The Tri-Wood is an event for younger lifeguards, from rookie to fourth year.

The competing beach patrols are Wildwood, two-time defending champion Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood and Sea Isle City.

The former all-rowing event now has a paddleboard race and a box-swim race. Those two races will have three guards from each patrol competing.

Contact Guy Gargan:

609-272-7210