Fourth Battle on the Bay event at Fager’s Island, Sat.

Fourth Battle on the Bay event at Fager’s Island, Sat.

(Aug. 22, 2014) Racers and spectators can enjoy a day of paddleboard racing with prizes, food and drink specials and an after party Saturday during the fourth annual Battle on the Bay at Fager’s Island on 60th Street.

Racers line the bay off 60th Street during the 2013 Battle on the Bay. This year’s paddleboard races launch tomorrow at 10 a.m. on the water at Fager’s Island at the same location. (Photo courtesy of PaddleGuru)

Registration is open for the races that are suitable for all levels, including a 6-mile ELITE Race, 3-mile FUN Recreational Race and children’s race as well as an obstacle course for paddleboards.

“It’s a great location, a great venue and it’s spectator-friendly,” said race organizer and owner of OC SUP and Fitness Dawn Ehman. “A lot of people can come and watch the race.”

Last year, more than 120 took to the water during Battle on the Bay. With the event scheduled on a Saturday instead of Sunday for the first time, Ehman expects a similar crowd this weekend.

Each year, proceeds from the event benefit Women Supporting Women, a local non-profit group providing support for women diagnosed with breast cancer. This year, funds raised will also go to Carol’s Angels, a local organization named after a woman who lost the battle against ovarian cancer this year, Ehman said.

“We wanted the money to stay local,” she added.

Day-of registration and packet pickup takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Fager’s Island before Battle on the Bay official launches at 10 a.m. with the 6- and 3-mile races. At noon, a short Kids SUP Race launches as well as the SUP obstacle course.

Officials will determine the exact course on race day based on wind conditions and the tide, though it should be a flat-water race with buoy turns and good spectator visibility, Ehman said. The top three finishers in each category, divided by male and female and board size, will take home prizes, including gift certificates and cash.

After the races, everyone can enjoy food and drink specials by Evolution Craft Brewing Company while a DJ spins tunes. Racers get lunch and a beer free with registration. There will be a raffle for a paddleboard donated by K-Coast Surf Shop, with all proceeds to benefit Carol’s Angels, and local vendors such as Best Aquatics and Solace Paddleboard onsite selling their wares.

“It’s a great place to have the after party,” Ehman said of Fager’s.

Registration for the races, which includes lunch and a chance to win prizes, costs $55 for the 6-mile ELITE Race, $40 for the 3-mile FUN Recreational Race, $10 for the Kids SUP Race and $10 for the SUP obstacle course, which is open to all ages. Those who register the day of the event pay more for the 6- and 3-mile races, Ehman said.

There is no cover charge at Fager’s Island during the races.

Visit www.paddleguru.com to register to race in Battle on the Bay.

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