Area lifeguards will showcase their speed and skill for livesaving today at the 46th annual John T. Goudy Memorial Rescue Races in Ventnor.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Suffolk Avenue beach.

The Goudy Memorials stands out among beach-patrol events because the four short races are all simulated rescues. The guards row or swim out to flags 500 feet from shore and unhook 50-pound dummies that are attached to the flags. They bring the dummies back to shore and run to the finish line with the "victims."

The first two races are the doubles surfboat rescue and the individual swim rescue. In the combination race, a swimmer and a doubles crew from each team work together. The final race is the individual surfboat rescue.

The South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association teams will compete, along with the guest patrols from Ship Bottom, Lavallette and Normandy Beach.

Atlantic City ended Ventnor's five-year reign in 2011 by winning the team championship.

A.C. will be led this year by the Rau brothers, Justin, Tyler and Carson. Joe Welsh rows doubles for Atlantic City with Justin Rau. Carson Rau does the swim for A.C., and swimmer Tyler Rau will do the combination with the crew of Dan Ludwig and Mike Flanagan. Mike Santangelo is Atlantic City's singles rower.

Also in the doubles are Ventnor's Mike Tripician and Joe Callahan, Margate's Chuck Gowdy and Bob Bechtel, and Cape May's Chris Vittese and Anthony Onimus.

The swim will include Margate's Pat Flynn, Stone Harbor's Sean McCall, Brigantine's Mike Demarest and Longport's Victor Giannini.

Stone Harbor's combination team is swimmer Devin McCall and the crew of Bryan Wade and Dennis Bakey. The Longport combination consists of swimmer Bob Ballance and the crew of Brian Duffey and Eric Grimley. Cape May's combination will feature swimmer Xavier Moran and rowers Terry Randolph and Jack Bosna.

A strong singles row field features defending champion Ashton Funk of Margate, Ventnor's David Funk (Ashton's brother), Stone Harbor's Zac Campbell, Avalon's Erich Wolf, Longport's Mike McGrath, Brigantine's Vince Sera, and Wildwood's Ed Schneider.

The event honors the late Goudy, a former Ventnor Beach Patrol chief.

Contact Guy Gargan:

609-272-7210