Graveyard Course OC and Surfski

Location:

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

SUP/Prone Saturday, April 27 Time and Events

8:00am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Racers Meeting Sound Side
8:25am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Race-13.1-mile race
8:30am – Harbor Island Racers Meeting Sound Side
8:40am – Harbor Island Recreational race: 5K flatwater race
8:45am – Money Island Racers Meeting Sound Side
9:10am – Money Island Open Race: 10K flatwater race
9:25am – Graveyard Elite Racers Meeting
9:40am – Graveyard Elite Race: 13.1-mile ocean and flatwater race

General Conditions:

Low tide: 08:57 AM [Read the post on this year’s tides]
Sunrise: 6:25 AM
Sunset: 7:53 PM
Estimated Water Temp: 65 degrees Fahrenheit
Estimated Air Temp and Wind: No way to tell until the day before, even that is subject to change from hour to hour.

Local Surf Reports CAMs: See the conditions, live

Surfchex: At Crystal Pier and the Oceanic Restaurant at the south end of Wrightsville Beach. This is the best quality and most consistent cam on WB.

WB Live Surf: This is our friend Tony’s site. They do an awesome job of posting surf reports every single day of the year at dawn, mid-morning, lunch and afternoon. Good quality CAM. Works with Surfchex.

Logistics Notes: SUP and Prone OC and SURFSKI

  • This is a water start and a beach finish on the Sound Side
  • Get to the event site WAY IN ADVANCE of the racers meeting and bring your canoe or surfski to the sound side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  • You are the first race start of the day. Be ready early.
  • 8:00am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Racers Meeting Sound Side
  • 8:25am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Race-13.1-mile race
  • They will call the direction of the race based on the wind direction on the ocean. With the incoming tide, the best scenario would be a NE wind and a clockwise route. No matter what the forecast says, be prepared to go in either direction
  • Turn in your chip at the end
  • Get the parking app to pay for parking wherever you are on Wrightsville Beach. PayByPhone app. https://www.paybyphone.com/locations/wrightsville-beach

OC and Surfski Course:

Graveyard Course OC and Surfski

Logistics Notes: SUP and Prone

  • This is a beach start and a beach finish on the Ocean Side
  • 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
  • This is the LAST race start of the day
  • 9:25am – Graveyard Elite Racers Meeting
  • 9:40am – Graveyard Elite Race: 13.1-mile ocean and flatwater race
  • Put your name and phone 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.
  • Again, get the parking app to pay for parking wherever you are on Wrightsville Beach. PayByPhone app. https://www.paybyphone.com/locations/wrightsville-beach

SUP and Prone Course:

Course Notes:

  • The course is 12-13.2 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. Masonboro Inlet was dredged and shortened the course. Most of us have been doing the course in 12.2-12.5 miles on average and last year it was more in the 13.2-mile range
  • There are 2 inlets. Masonboro Inlet is the inlet to our south. Mason Inlet is our inlet to the North. Mason Inlet has sand bars and normally, there is a buoy outside the inlet to bring paddlers around to the channel. This year, there may not be a buoy because the inlet has shifted and the direct route is the safest route. There’s really no other way to go into the inlet this year.
  • There are oysters and sand bars that will be in play at the low tide. That said, the channel is always deepest. Polarized sunglasses are critical to seeing the sand bars
  • 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 either direction

Tips:

  • Do not look at the weather report until Friday, it’s always changing
  • SUP and PRONE paddlers new or unfamiliar with ocean paddling: with the beach start, it’s a good idea to take a breath and time the entry into the surf. We don’t know how big or small it will be but get through it cleanly and safely and the rest of the race will be much better.
  • 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. It will also be coming in Mason’s Inlet to the ICWW then the current turns North.
  • Mason’s inlet in the section between the ocean and the ICWW is sketchy with sand bars. The channel runs toward the north edge of the inlet and will have water in all tides.
  • There is supposed to be a buoy in Mason’s Inlet to protect people from pulling an Annabel. However, this year, they may not have one. Again, the inlet has chnged so much, there’s not much need for one.
  • It will be low tide, so be careful of sand bars and oyster bars. Especially if you have rudders.
  • Do not look at the weather report until Friday, it’s always changing. If you do look at it, consider that every year, the forecast has moved UP and not back. In other words, Sunday’s weather tends to be Saturday. Monday tends to be Sunday. Up tends to turn to down and rights are circles.
  • When you come into the beach, take your leash off or you’ll make someone’s highlight reel.
  • 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:

 

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