rain date Sunday 21st
12:00 to 3:30
The Return of a Long Tradition
Boat Racing Returns
Tuckerton Public Dock
Garden State parkway ext 58 Tuckerton, head east on East Green Street, cross over Route 9 on to South Green St. keep going until you hit the Bay
Bring a non-perishable for the Tuckerton Food Bank
Tuckerton Was Amazing 8-24
Written By David Mackey:
Sunday morning, Tuckerton was washed over with a coolness in the air, uncharacteristic of the normal heat that is expected during the dog days of summer. However, the cooler weather on Sunday was about to heat up, come noon. The Jersey Outlaws Racing Association came out to the Green Street Park with a flotilla of garveys, all poised and ready to seize the opportunity to come away with bragging rights for today. If there was to be any racing on the bay, then this was the place to be, bar none. Fans who came out to watch the racing would enjoy an afternoon of thrills, chills, and spills!
Tuckerton Mayor Buck Evans, a long time fan of racing, was elated to see his hometown play host to the afternoon's contests. Mayor Evans led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the playing of our National Anthem. The Tuckerton Fire Department was on hand to provide assistance and also served up hot dogs and refreshments for hungry fans. It was great to see them spending a day with us. While the food was quite satisfying, these fans were hungry for something more, and they went home full.
With a twist of the key, the action began! First up was the 350 stock garvey class. A total of eight boats were on hand to battle for top honors this afternoon, which were split into two heats. In the first 350 heat, Snoopy, Rumblefish, Bow Down, and G22, were lined up and made a clean start as the green flag dropped. Snoopy and Rumblefish fought each other around the entire course, with Snoopy grunting through the turns and the 'fish winding up along the back straightaway. Rumblefish finally put a leash on the dog and pulled ahead on the last lap to take the first victory of the day. Bow Down finished third, with G22 finishing fourth.
In the next heat was the two-barrel class. Each of the three boats in this class sustained mechanical calamities within the past three weeks and every one of these race teams burned gallons of midnight oil just to make this race. And with that, the Ford-Chevy battle continued! Kat Scratch lined up against the Bad Clam and Slightly Insane, to determine which refreshed engine had the most beans. In a close 1-2 finish, the Kat Scratch enjoyed some Bad Clam on the half-shell, besting the Ford-powered entry, with Slightly Insane finishing in third.
Next up were the Jersey Speed Skiffs. Defending Outlaws skiff champion, Good Vibrations, made its first showing this year, in a match up against Turning Point and Southern Comfort. Southern Comfort experienced a bit of discomfort when engine gremlins put an end to her day. This left the Good Vibrations to face off against Turning Point, who has been running well all season. Good Vibrations could not get past the Point, who remained out front and captured the win.
After the skiffs' first heat concluded, next up would be the second wave of 350 stock boats. Kat Scratch lined up against G22, & the debut of two new boats, Last Minute and Husky Medium, driven by Herschel Abbott and Nick Altmayer, respectively. Kat Scratch and G22 ran first and second, with Husky Medium pounding in with a third. Unfortunately, ime ran out on Last Minute, as fuel problems forced it to DNF.
Last up in the racing before intermission was the 358 class garvey class. Indian Summer returned to the field with a 358, allowing them to not miss a race and stepping up to 358 status. Its competition consisted of the Temper Tantrum and Hick Racing. When the green flag dropped, it was Herschel Abbott's lead foot planted squarely on the go pedal of the Temper Tantrum, and there was no looking back. Screaming the entire way to the finish line, with Hick Racing hot on his transom. Indian Summer finished a respectable third, for its first time out in this class.
With the end of this heat, the intermission began. Drivers and crews either grabbed a bite, mingled, or poured over their boats, refueling, making adjustments, or bailing a little water out that may have gotten inside. With the conclusion of the intermission, the battles waged on...
The afternoon's 350 stock heats were mixed up a little, pitting the winners and runners up from each of the two heats into the first heat; later, the remaining boats dueled it out to decide the outcome of the second heat. Rumblefish squared off again with Snoopy, while Kat Scratch and G35 had their own ideas as to how the race should end. Rumblefish took the holeshot with Kat Scratch right alongside. G35 and Snoopy scrapped with each other for a lap until the G35 pulled ahead in an attempt to reel in a fish. Rumblefish kept out in the clean water and was able to taste victory for the second time that day. Kat Scratch finished a very near second, while G35 and Snoopy took third and fourth, respectively.
The two barrel class was a rematch, putting Kat Scratch against the Bad Clam. Kat Scratch wanted a second helping of the Clam, and with the Slightly Insane scratched for this heat, it became a grudge match. The Kat and the Clam traded the lead throughout the heat, with Kat Scratch pulling ahead of the Clam going down the back stretch towards turns three and four. As the Kat rounded turn four, the boat performed a spectacular barrel roll, pitching both driver and co-pilot into the water, then landed back on its bottom, as if nothing happened. It was later discovered that the Bad Clam, in fact, has mystical powers; it summoned upon the god of the sea, Poseidon, to turn its rivals into seahorses. At this point, the Berkeley Township Underwater Search and Rescue team went into action.
The rescue team was on the scene to greet them as their orange helmets bobbed back up to the surface. Extremely proficient at what they do, the BTUSAR quickly assessed their conditions, secured them to backboards, and extracted them from the cove’s water and onto their boats to be returned to shore. Once back on land, they were taken to the awaiting EMTs for evaluation and later, release. As racers, we are all very grateful to have the BTUSAR by our side as we race. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all involved.
Once the safety boats and BTUSAR returned to the race course to resume racing, the skiffs were ready to begin. Once again, Pat Lyons’ Turning Point faced off against Philip Arcamone’s Good Vibrations, for the final skiff heat of the day. Turning Point hugged those buoys and kept fighting off the challenge from Good Vibrations long enough to claim victory for the second time in Tuckerton.
Next was the second 350 stock class. This heat put the Bow Down against G22 and Last Minute. Husky Medium sat out due to a broken rocker arm suffered in its first race. Bow Down put the hammer down and held off a strong challenge by G22 to take the win over G22 and Last Minute, who finished second and third, respectively.
And then it came down to the last race - the 358 class. Temper Tantrum was looking and running strong all day, but Hick Racing was equally impressive. And if you came to see only one race all day, this was the one to watch! Temper Tantrum, Hick Racing, and Indian Summer all lined up with one goal in mind: Be the first on the gas. Green flag drops and it’s a clean start! Temper Tantrum and Hick Racing quickly jump out and begin to run away. This turned into a neck and neck battle of screaming V8’s. Right feet to the floorboards, and hammers down, these two boats went neck and neck around just about every inch of this race course. All the way down, coming out of turn four, nothing was going to stop either of them from giving it all they brought with them today. Both boats pass the checkered flag going full bore. Who won, you ask? Even I don’t know… I’m still waiting for the photo finish! I’ll tell you this much, though. That will be one race that people will be talking about for a while.
With that, the races wrapped up for the day. Many fans went home with smiles on their faces. The racers faced competition from the low tide, as they removed their boats from the cove ramp. With that, the Jersey Outlaws wish to thank the following people and establishments for their help with the event:
Mayor Evans, for his welcoming of the Outlaws to Tuckerton.
Berkeley Township Underwater Search and Rescue, again, for the quick and efficient rescue today as well as for being there for us during the rest of the day.
Tuckerton Fire Co. and EMS squads, Great Bay and Lanoka Harbor, for being at the ready when we needed you.
Amon Construction, for providing the use of their ramp for the racers that day; AND for giving everyone who got stuck in the sand a helping hand; and for the use of the pump to de-water the Kat Scratch.
Sheltered Cove Marina, for allowing the Outlaws the use of your yard and ramp to drop in and remove the boats. Very well thought out facility.
Barbara Frankenfield and Christopher Chlebowski, for capturing the day’s events with your perspectives and talents. Awesome racing photos from today’s and previous events are available for purchase from both Barbara’s (www.bobbie-itflies.com) and Chris’s (www.photosbycc.com) sites.
Next, we thank the members of the Jersey Outlaws Racing Association, who spend time behind the scenes, posting fliers, placing signs, and handling all of the behind the scenes activities that keep this well oiled machine in motion. We appreciate it!
Last but not least, we thank every one of the racers for busting their knuckles and their butts, in order to get their boats (or someone else's) in the water to put on THE BEST DAMN RACING ON THE BAY! Everyone brought it.
9-7-14, the Outlaws return to Barnegat Public Docks, for another round of garvey and skiff racing action. We welcome you to join us!
Waretown Race 8-10 Update
Written by D Mackey
Once again the Garveys and Jersey Speed Skiffs returned to race the waters of Waretown, much to the delight of the fans. The sun was bright, the skies were clear, and the water was calm,
as the racing began.
The first heat was quite interesting, pitting the Kat Scratch (G-82), a two-barrel garvey, against Temper Tantrum (G-45), a 358 class garvey in a free-for-all type match. While the Kat Scratch's light weight helped it keep pace with the Temper Tantrum, the 358 boat wasn't about to let the Kat see clean water. After the intermission, Temper Tantrum continued its screaming fit, with another win. Experiencing engine troubles, the Kat shut it down in order to spare one of its nine lives.
Switching to the Jersey Speed Skiffs, the Outsider (JS-195) had one of his best races of the season in the first match up against the Ante-Up (JS-76), piloted by its builder, the well renowned Cesare Simonelli, and the Patriot (JS-24). The Outsider held off his challenger to claim the checkered flag in the first heat, with Ante-Up and Patriot finishing second and third, respectively.
The tables turned in the second heat; however, when the Outsider lost oil pressure. Quick work by the pilot prevented another lesson in smoke signaling; but the Ante-Up and Patriot duked it out, with the nod going to the Ante-Up.
Now to the 350 stock class. There's a saying that goes, "every dog has its day". Well at Waretown, Snoopy (G-0) had his. The 350-A heat started off with Rumblefish (G-22), blasting off at the start with the Indian Summer (G-23) glued to his side in a race for the holeshot, with Snoopy not far behind. As the boats rounded turn two on the second lap, Indian Summer sent up a smoke signal that everyone understood: Engine failure. After they were towed in, Rumblefish and Snoopy restarted the race from a standstill. The two boats stayed neck and neck for the remainder of the heat, with Snoopy eeking out Rumblefish by a nose.
The 350-B heat pitted Kat Scratch (G-41), against Temper Tantrum and the Duck Boat (G-91). The Duck had to scratch, so Snoopy returned to the track to fill out the line up. Kat Scratch clawed right along for the victory in that heat.
The afternoon heat saw Rumblefish, Kat Scratch, Snoopy, and the Duck Boat, battle it out against Waretown's infamous chop. Rumblefish shot out front again and held on for the first place finish. Some fancy footwork and driving allowed the Duck Boat to finish with a respectable second place. Kat Scratch and Snoopy finished third and fourth, respectively.
Special thanks goes to the Berkeley Township Underwater Search And Rescue team, for always being on point and at the ready, should the need arise.
Also be sure to check out racing action photos by talented photographers Barbara Frankenfield (www.bobbie-itflies.com), and Christopher Chlebowski (www.photosbycc.com), as well as the Jersey Outlaws home page, for point standings, event information, and other fun stuff!
The Jersey Outlaws Racing Association thanks all of the spectators for coming out to show your support for our friends and families who have served or currently serve this great country.
Keeping the Heritage Alive
12:00 to 3:30ish
Written by D Mackey
While oysters are predominantly the place in which to find a pearl, at the Military Appreciation Day Races, held on Sunday, July 27th, one was discovered inside of a clam. Only this particular pearl was blue and oval-shaped.
Owner-Driver Shawn Barcalow has a real pearl in the form of his Ford-powered Bad Clam (G-21). The two-barrel garvey ran well on Sunday, with a sweep of the three heats held at Barnegat. Kat Scratch (G-82) & Slightly Insane (G-66) finished second and third, respectively.
Next up was the Jersey Speed Skiffs, where the Outsider (JS-195) had its hands full with a refreshed Ante-Up! (JS-76) and Turning Point (JS-46). While the Outsider held off the other two for a win in the first heat, the Ante-Up! later took the win in the second heat, with Turning Point (JS-46) claiming third in both heats.
The 350-A heat saw a two boat race between Rumblefish (G-22) and Snoopy (G-0). While Snoopy grabbed the holeshot, the Rumblefish zipped around the outside and enjoyed the lead to the checkered flag.
The 350-B heat pitted Indian Summer (G-23), Kat Scratch (G-41), & the Duck Boat (G-91). Temper Tantrum (G-45) ran with the stockers on this day.
Later, the 350-A and 350-B classes were combined for the second heat. Once again, Rumblefish (G-22) jumped out in front and held the lead to the checkered flag. Kat Scratch (G-41) & Snoopy (G-0) finished second and third, respectively.
After the races concluded for the afternoon, Association members offered up rides to anyone serving in, or a veteran of, the military. Seeing those men and women emerging from the boats, post-ride, wearing ear-to-ear smiles was a gratifying feeling.
Article in the Beacon July 6, 2014 Race
Sunday's Race in Waretown
Written by D Mackey
The second race of the 2014 season for the Jersey Outlaws was held Sunday, in Waretown. With perfect temperatures and a slight offshore breeze to start the day, the conditions were nearly ideal for the day's racing event.
The 350 A class heat kicked things off, with 2013 champion Indian Summer, continuing to show good form, taking the win, with Rumblefish and Snoopy hot on his heels.
Now to the 315 2 - barrel class, where G-82 Kat Scratch feasted on the Bad Clam (G-21), and sent the Slightly Insane (G-66), back to the padded cell, with a strong win in their first heat. In the Ford vs. Chevy rivalry, the win evens the score, one to one.
Next up was the 350 B class. The winds of Waretown had changed direction at this point, causing the bay to become quite choppy. The chop caused Temper Tantrum (G-45) to high-side, but veteran driver Herschel Abbott was able to keep the shiny side up. Club newcomer, Radical Red (G-03), high-sided as well, but was not so lucky. The resulting side flip pitched the pilot and co-pilot out and into the bay. Efficient work by the B.T.U.S.A.R. safety team afforded the racers a timely response and returned them back to shore safely for medical attention. After the boat was righted, it was led back to the shallows, where it was all hands on deck, using buckets, pumps, and hands, to restore the racer's craft to floating status. We look forward to seeing them back out on the water again soon.
Once this was accomplished, racing was resumed. This led to a restart of the heat, which pitted Kat Scratch (G-41) up against another newcomer, The Fighting Lady (G-53), with Snoopy (G-0) filling in for the Radical Red (G-03). There was plenty of fight in the Lady, but the Kat scratched off to its first win of the season.
Lastly, the Outsider (JS 195) went from misfire to spitfire, showing that hard work does pay off, with his first win of the season. With nearly a hundred yards between the Outsider and the 2nd place finisher, Angry American (JS 855), this boat was really dialed in today. Turning Point (JS 46) and Ante Up (JS 76) finished third and fourth, respectively.
As small white caps began and the winds picked up even more, the decision was made to curtail the day's event; the remainder of the races will be made up during the Club's return to Barnegat, this coming Sunday at noon.
COME WATCH SOME GREAT RACING....
Come one, Come all... Just Bring a Smile, a lawn Chair and your love for the Barnegat Bay Garvey, Speed Skiffs, Ski Boat Races
Keeping the Heritage Alive. The Jerseyoutlaws was founded by a group of Boat Racers who just wanted to Race their Boats, and pay tribute to Boat Builders, Racers and Fans that have followed the long history of Barnegat Bay Garvey, Skiffs, Ski and Outboard Racing Boats that started over 50 years ago.
The Jerseyoutlaws is made up of amazing Fans, Supporters,
& Racing Families. The Big Secret behind our success;
We are a True Family of Racing.....
Help us Help the Kids. Buy your "I love someone with Autism" Shirt by clicking on Paypal. $15.00. 100% of the proceeds goes to the Ocean County -Frog Pond School for kids with Autism.
In the last three years the Outlaws have;
*Raised $9,000.00, for the Frog Pond School,
Ocean County School for children with Special needs.
*Paid tribute to Bob Rutter, a long time Boat Builder
*Families that were involved in the Boat Racing years
ago, have come back into the sport.
*Provided a great Free Family event for every age to
enjoy. Fastest Boat Racing on the Barnegat Bay....
We have done all of this with the help of our wonderful sponsors and dedicated Fans and Familes.
What is a day at the races;
9am Boats start arriving
11:00 Music starts playing, Hotdogs
(donated by Stop and Shop of Toms River)
and cooked by local non-profit organizations
11:45 Drivers Meeting
12:00 National Anthem
12:10 Races Start
2:00 Races Start again
3:30 Races conclude-Families and Kids get to meet
Their favorite Drivers and take pictures on the boats
We have face painting and music throughout the day, along with Tents set up for our sponsors giving out information.
Tour through our website, see the history of this great sport. Pictures are provided by Chris and Bobbie, please visit their site and order some of your favorites.
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