Ocean City Today

Swim event honors late Capt. Craig

By Intern, Morgan Pilz | Jul 06, 2017

(July 7, 2017) The 23rd annual Captain Robert S. Craig Boardwalk Swim and eighth annual Ginny Craig Quarter Mile Swim will take place this Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Craig was captain of the Ocean City Beach Patrol from 1935-1986, the longest term for any in the position, as well as the longest-serving member of the organization. The swim honors the late captain for his many years of service.

Competitors will swim a measured mile with the prevailing current to a finish line located at 14th Street and the beach. In addition to the annual one-mile swim, the Ginny Craig quarter-mile event will take competitors on a 400-meter distance along the coast and also finish in the area of 14th Street.

“Once I took over as captain, we decided to not only continue to honor him, but Ginny Craig as well,” OCBP Capt. Butch Arbin said. “Members of the beach patrol, if they’re married, need to have their family’s support behind them.”

Capt. Craig first began employment with the Ocean City Beach Patrol in the 1920s and worked his way up to captain in 1935. When he was not serving Ocean City in the summer, Craig would return to his teaching job at Principia, a Christian science university, in St. Louis, Missouri.

“He helped create the patrol as it is,” Capt. Arbin said. “He created the way the patrol uses discipline. He was instrumental in creating the original testing that we did for a person to get on the patrol. He really had a lot to do with the foundation of the patrol that we still have today.”

A registration form for the event can be completed online by visiting www.ococean.com/ocbp. The cost to compete is $30.

Swimmers for both races must meet at 14th Street. The event will end at 14 Street and Boardwalk transportation will be provided. Competitors will be taken to North Division Street and walk out to the water’s edge and swim north to 14th Street. If the current is going the other way, the Boardwalk train will take the swimmers to the north end of the Boardwalk and swim south to the 14th Street finish line. Competitors are expected to get to the water by no later than 6:30 p.m.

Participants will still be required to check-in on the day of the competition, pay the registration fee, and complete the proper paperwork before being permitted to compete. Registration includes a T-shirt as well as certificates and medals for the top three finishers in each category of both events. Registration on-site begins at 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in participating can sign up at www.ococean.com /ocbp. They can also contact the beach patrol headquarters at 410-289-7556.

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