Close Finish at the Bill Howarth Women’s Invite

Close Finish at the Bill Howarth Women’s Invite


By Ryan Givens

It was a picture perfect August evening in Ventnor for the Bill Howarth Women’s Invitational. Ventnor’s annual race pitted 15 local beach patrols against one another on the beach at Suffolk Avenue. As the final women’s race in the 2017 lifeguard season, the competition was steep.

Only 4 points separated the top three teams at the end of the night. Ventnor defended their home beach and took the top honors scoring 13 points with Atlantic City close behind scoring 12. Margate rounded out the top 3 scoring 10 points for the night.  The Ventnor women posted a first place finish in the Surf Dash as well as two second place finishes in the single and doubles row.  However it was the Atlantic City rowers that had the dominate performance, taking first place in both the singles and doubles.

Next up is the South Jersey Championships, the last of the “Big Three” competitions, it is this Friday in Longport.  It is extremely popular with the spectators and we are expecting a big turn-out for it.

Photos and Results Provided by Dale Braun



Doubles Row:

1st – Atlantic City

2nd – Ventnor

3rd – Margate

4th – Longport

5th – Avalon



1st – Margate

2nd – Avalon

3rd – Wildwood

4th – Ocean City

5th – Sea Isle


Singles Row:

1st – Atlantic City

2nd – Ventnor

3rd – Sea Isle

4th – Margate

5th – Avalon


Surf Dash:

1st – Ventnor

2nd – Sea Isle

3rd – Wildwood Crest

4th – Atlantic City

5th – Ocean City


Team Winners:

1st – Ventnor (13 points)

2nd – Atlantic City (12 points)

3rd – Margate (10 points)

4th – Sea Isle (8 points)

5th – Avalon