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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:28 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Beach Patrol Alumni Association will be hosting the OCBP Reunion Weekend on Aug. 14-16. Three events are held throughout the weekend: the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship, the Reunion/Hall of Fame Dinner and the Alumni Races.

The 76th annual South Jersey Lifeguard Championship will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, on the Decatur Avenue beach in Margate. All 15 beach patrols in the South Jersey Lifeguards Chiefs Association, from Brigantine to Cape May Point, will be competing for the championship trophy. The Margate City Beach Patrol is hosting the event because it won last summer. This is the oldest New Jersey ocean lifeguard tournament and considered the most prestigious by the participating lifeguards.

The first South Jersey Lifeguard Championship was held in 1924. The only event in the early day was the doubles rowing race. The swim was added in 1945, and the singles row in 1973. The OCBP has dominated the tournament, winning 34 times. Ventnor City Beach Patrol is a distant second with 16 wins. Ocean City rowers and swimmers have won the most individual titles.

The following Ocean City lifeguards have won the South Jersey doubles rowing race: Jack Kelly Jr./Joe Regan (1944); Jim Macallister/Frank Schiesser (1949 and 1950); Tom Oves/Jerry Angulo (1952 and 1954); Hans Giesecke/George Thieler (1963); Hans Giesecke/Bob Schneider (1965 and 1966); Bob Young/Mark Baum (1967); Dave Smith/Bob Young (1968); Mark Nichols/Mike Bradley (1970); Dave Lill/Tom Stephanik (1977); Ron Kirk/John Herron (1981 and 1983); Ron Kirk/Tom Stephanik (1984 and 1985); John Ridgway/John Millar (1986); Bob Garbutt Jr./Ron Kirk (1995).

The following Ocean City lifeguards have won the South Jersey singles rowing race: Dave Lill (1975); Marty Jackson (1976); Tom Jackson (1977); Tom Morrison (1983); Ron Kirk (1986); Ted Evans (1988, 1989 and 1990); Dan Garbutt (2005).

The following Ocean City lifeguards have won the South Jersey swim: Barney Hungerford (1950 and 1952); Jack Burnett (1951); Lou Schoener (1954, 1956 and 1957); George Haggerty (1955); Dick Thieler (1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965); David Kelley (1968); David Gleason (1969); Curt Sulzer (1976); Sid Cassidy (1977 and 1978); Bill Fallon (1982 and 1983); Rob Montgomery (1987 and 1988); Paul Mangen (2003, 2005 and 2010); Bryan Rahter (2006).

The 77th annual OCBP Reunion/Hall of Fame dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. The highlight of the evening will be the induction of Karsten Giesecke (rookie 1968), Jim Sullivan (rookie 1973) and Paul Mangen (rookie 2000) into the OCBP Hall of Fame. Their names will be added to the 88 who have been inducted since 1975. The OCBP legends are honored in the Ocean City Lifeguard Museum at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., the Hall of Fame plaque at Bob’s Grill at 14th Street and the Boardwalk, and on the website ocraa.com.

The 3rd annual OCBP Alumni Races will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, on the Seaview Harbor beach (off the road between Ocean City and Longport). The five races are: doubles row, swim, singles row, rescue board and kayak.

For more information on the OCBP reunion weekend, call Fred Miller (609) 398-5811 or visit ocraa.com.


Ocean City Beach Patrol Firsts


1924 — First South Jersey Lifeguard Championship held in Atlantic City

1937 — First time the OCBP won the South Jersey Championship

1939 — First OCBP reunion was held at the Flanders Hotel

1944 — First time Ocean City lifeguards won the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship doubles rowing race: Jack Kelly Jr. and Joe Regan

1950 — First time an Ocean City lifeguard won the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship swim: Barney Hungerford

1975 — First time an Ocean City lifeguard won the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship singles rowing race: Dave Lill

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