Ocean City Today

‘Clamming for a Cure’ at Fish Tales

Competition fundraiser for American Cancer Society and breast cancer research
By Kara Hallissey | Jul 27, 2017
Teams participate in one of the heats during Fish Tales Bar & Grill’s seventh annual "Clamming for a Cure" last year. The 2017 event will take place this Monday.

(July 28, 2017) Competitors will show off their kayaking and clamming skills at Fish Tales Bar & Grill on Monday to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Registration is currently open for the eighth annual “Clamming for a Cure,” which is a fundraiser for breast cancer research. As of Monday afternoon, about half a dozen teams had pre-registered, representing Pickle’s Pub, the Assateague Island Surf Shop and Sea Rocket businesses in the area.

“Most teams sign up the day before or day of,” said Fish Tales Manager Jaymie Erbe. “We had 24 teams last year and are hoping to have more [participate in 2017].”

Final registration for the races ends at 11 a.m. on July 31. The competition is open to those 21 and older. The cost is $100 per team of two, which must be co-ed. Competitors are required to wear closed-toe shoes.

Donna Harman, who owns Fish Tales with her husband, Shawn, had always wanted to organize a race that included the sandbar filled with clams in the bay behind the 22nd Street restaurant, which inspired and ultimately helped create the annual relay event.

“The winning teams receive prizes and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research,” Erbe said. “A lot of locals and restaurants participate. You get to spend time with bartenders outside of work. People take off, hang out and it’s a fun day.”

The first heat will kick off around noon in the bay behind Fish Tales.

In a single-person kayak, one team member will paddle from Bahia Marina’s boat ramp (next to Fish Tales) to the sandbar, where he or she must find a live clam, show it to the judge for approval and then paddle back to the boat ramp to tag his or her partner. The second competitor then paddles out to the sandbar, retrieves a live clam and races back.

The contest is open to all skill levels, although most participants do not kayak on a regular basis and finding the elusive clam can hold competitors up.

The top teams from each heat will advance to the next round. The first-place twosome will win up to $1,500 in cash as well as prizes. The second- and third-place teams will take home hundreds of dollars in cash and prizes as well. The fourth-place team will win a prize package.

DJ BK will emcee the contest. Beer and drink specials, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction will also take place throughout the day. Some of the auction items include rounds of golf and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.

Twenty-four teams participated last year and $20,665 was raised for breast cancer research through event registration, a 50/50 raffle, auctions, sponsors and donations.

For more information about “Clamming for a Cure,” which is sponsored by Bacardi, call Fish Tales at 410-289-0990.

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