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Ventnor's Brett Hansen and Doug Davis try to make up ground on the leaders.

  • Fans watch the rowers from an obsolete train bridge in West Wildwood.
  • Margate's B.J. Fox and Carl Smallwood placed fourth in the race.
  • Wildwood Crest's Jacke Klecko and Pat Bakey navigate rough seas in the ocean.
  • Ventnor's Brett Hansen and Doug Davis turn out of Cold Spring Inlet and into the ocean.
  • Wildwood Crest's Darrick Kobierowski and Terry McGovern row past the rockpile at the end of Cold Spring Inlet.
  • Ventnor's Brett Hansen and Doug Davis row past dredging equipment in Cold Spring Inlet.
  • Upper Township's Ryan Fischer and Kyle Rumaker navigate through the bay en route to a third-place finish.
  • Ventnor's Brett Hansen and Doug Davis try to make up ground on the leaders.
  • Wildwood Crest's Terry McGovern and Darrick Kobierowski row through Jarvis Sound past the George Redding Bridge.
  • Cape May's Rob Moran and John Knies hold the lead in the bay.
  • Wildwood's Ed Schneider and Ben Melle row through the bay.
  • Wildwood's Joe Comas and Nate Dirvin.
  • Cape May's Jim Wadlow and Geoff Rife row past a crowd of onlookers near the Grassy Sound Bridge.
  • Cape May's Jim Wadlow and Geoff Rife.
  • Wildwood's Brandon Joyce and Steve McGuinn row past the crowd gathered at the Grassy Soun Bridge.
  • Tom Killian and John Preston of Wildwood.
  • North Wildwood alum Bill Kindle and Upper Township's Wayne MacMurray.
  • North Wildwood's Shaun Stamm and Pete Lees
  • Wildwood Crest's John Steiger and Ron Ayres pull close to Cape May's Jim Wadlow and Geoff Rife while passing under a bridge.
  • Cape May's John Knies and Rob Moran row toward a bridge as fans of the race look on from above.
  • Upper Township's Ryan Fischer and Kyle Rumaker.
  • Rowers move through Hereford Inlet at the start of the 2019 Around The Island Row.


THE WILDWOODS — Doug Davis and Brett Hansen pulled off a rather impressive feat at Tuesday morning’s Around The Island Row.

The crew from the Ventnor City Beach Patrol rallied from behind to beat the crew that had won the event four times in the past five years.

Davis and Hansen stayed close enough to the leaders through the early stages of the race before taking the lead for good with about 2 ½ miles to go to win by 36 seconds.

Hosted by the North Wildwood Beach Patrol, the Around The Island Row is an approximately 18-mile doubles race that circumnavigates the Wildwoods. It begins in Hereford Inlet and ends with a floating finish line about 200 yards off the beach at 15th Avenue. The race was held for the 44th time Tuesday.

Davis and Hansen posted a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes, 24 seconds. Wildwood Crest’s Darrick Kobierowski and Terry McGovern, the champions in 2014-16 and 2018, were second in 2:38.00.

Cape May’s John Knies and Rob Moran led for most of the first half of the race, until Kobierowski and McGovern overtook them about a mile before the rowers reached the Middle Thorofare Bridge. But Davis and Hansen remained close with the new leaders and overtook them in the ocean around the Rambler Road area in Wildwood Crest.

Upper Township’s Ryan Fischer and Kyle Rumaker placed third in 2:40:21. Margate and Longport alumns Carl Smallwood and B.J. Fox, back-to-back champions in 2008-09, were fourth in 2:41:15. Wildwood Crest’s Pat Bakey and Jake Klecko rounded out the top five in 2:41:54.

Wildwood’s Brandon Joyce and Steve McGuinn, winners in 2017, were sixth in 2:45:15.

Davis and Hansen became the first crew from outside Cape May County to win the race since Margate’s Smallwood and Chris Graves in 2013.

The event was held under difficult conditions. A southwest wind blew toward the rowers in the bay, before quick-moving swells greeted the rowers in Cold Spring Inlet. The competitors then had to deal with choppy seas in the ocean ahead of the finish.