2018 Carolina Cup: Harbor Island Race Preview

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Location:

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Saturday, April 21 Time and Events

8:30 Harbor Island Racers Meeting
9:00 Harbor Island Race Start
11:00 Harbor Island Estimated Last Person Finish

General Conditions:

Low tide: 06:36 AM
High tide: 12:32 PM
Sunrise: 6:33 AM
Sunset: 7:48 PM
Estimated Water Temp: 60-63 degrees Fahrenheit
Estimated Air Temp and Wind: No way to tell until the day before, even that is subject to change.

Click here for a list of Wrightsville Beach Forecasting Tools and Cams

Logistics Notes:

  • This is a water start and a beach finish
  • Get to the event site WAY IN ADVANCE of the racers meeting and bring your board to the sound side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
  • Have your PFD and leash with your board
  • Out your name and pone number on your board, there are going to be many identical board types and models.
  • Turn in your chip at the end
  • You can pull up for board dropoff then park or park and walk or paddle there with your board.
  • Get the parking app to pay for parking wherever you are on Wrightsville Beach. PayByPhone app. https://www.paybyphone.com/locations/wrightsville-beach

Course:

Course Notes:

  • The course is 3.2 to 3.5 miles long, depending on your line and the tide. A higher tide lets you take a shorter course. A lower tide makes for a longer course.
  • There are 3 bridges, one of which is the drawbridge and is the place where you will most have to focus on boat traffic.
  • There are oysters and sand bars, but most will be out of play with the mid-tide. That said, the channel is always deepest.
  • Do not touch the pilings as they are covered with barnacles and oysters and will ding your hands and boards/boats/canoes
  • The race directors call the direction of the race based on the direction of the graveyard race on the morning of the race. No one knows until the morning of the race and speculation is fruitless. Be prepared for eitehr direction

Tips:

  • Do not look at the weather report until Friday, it’s always changing
  • The Tide will be going from Low to High, which means it will be coming in from Masonboro Inlet (the inlet to the south) and heading north on the ICWW.
  • Yell when you get under the bridges because it echos
  • When you come into the beach, take your leash off or you’ll make someone’s highlight reel.
  • If the course goes counter-clockwise: stay in the channel, middle until you get past Palm Tree Island, which has a fake palm tree and parking meter on it. From there, stick next to the docks to your left, under the drawbridge. You’ll be going against the tide and current, so staying next to the docks will keep you in the eddys.
  • If the course goes clockwise: Stay in the middle until you pass Palm Tree Island, which has a fake palm tree and parking meter on it. From there, stick next to the docks to your right. You’ll be going against the tide and current, so staying next to the docks will keep you in the eddys.
  • Do not look at the weather report until Friday, it’s always changing
  • The wind direction will make the race strategy more complicated, but do your best and wait until race morning and the racers meeting to make your decisions. Be prepared to go in either direction.
  • Do not play chicken with boats. They do not shut down the waterways for the race and you do NOT have the right of way. Play chicken with the bulls and you’ll end up as a flat chicken.
  • Wear sunscreen, but wash your hands before you touch your board or paddle
  • Do not put sunscreen on your knees, because when you kneel on your board, your deck pad will get greasy.
  • Don’t run with scissors
  • No alcohol or dogs on the beach at any time
  • Cross on the crosswalk for which they are legally obligated to stop for pedestrians, but often don’t. There will be police officers to enforce this.
  • Do not park at the blockade runner unless you are staying there.
  • Do not look at the weather report until Friday, it’s always changing

Tide Flow for incoming Tide:

Other Notes:

While I am no longer a part of the company that runs the event (WBPC, LLC) or an event director for the Carolina Cup, I’m here to help, to volunteer and to race. For official questions and information, definitely contact the race and the race directors. This should be a really great year and I can’t wait to see everyone.

—John