Harbor Days hits O’side shores

Harbor Days hits O’side shores
The Rum Scurvy/Wilson team wins this year's Nail 'N' Sail boat build and race. Harbor Days also included an open water swim, sandcastle building contest, volleyball tournament and fishing derby. Photo by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Harbor Days brought two days of pirates, food, friendly competition and fun to Oceanside Harbor the weekend of Sept. 26.

Both days started with morning pancakes cooked up by Oceanside firefighters. Hayden Harshman, fire department engineer and Oceanside Fire Department Association community chairman, said about 700 pancakes were served.

The Oceanside Fire Department Association’s pancake breakfast raised about $1,500 for 20 Junior Lifeguard Program scholarships.

Harshman said the Junior Lifeguard Program focuses on water safety and fun.

“There are so many underprivileged kids who would love to have a week at the beach,” Harshman said. “It really builds interest (in water safety) in the community.”

After breakfast there were vendor and information booths, a pirate village and bands playing form noon until closing.

Pirate Nola’s Sno-Balls indulged visitors in snow cones made and served by pirates. Captain Nola said he started his business at the Oceanside farmers market. Now he is regular vendor on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, and is back in Oceanside for Harbor Days.

Pirates Dana Burris and Addie Burris greet visitors to the pirate village. About 40 pirates took part in cannon and sword skirmishes. Photo by Promise Yee

Pirates Dana Burris and Addie Burris greet visitors to the pirate village. About 40 pirates took part in cannon and sword skirmishes. Photo by Promise Yee

At the pirate village re-enactments took place on both days. About 40 pirates were part of the fun.

Pirate Addie Burris describes the skirmishes.

“There was stealing, looting and squabbling,” Burris said.

On stage the Class of 68 played hits from the 1960s and 1970s to an audience who had oceans views. The band was one of eight groups that played over the two days.

Singer Mel Vernon said the music inspired people to get up and do the twist.

On Sunday the beloved Nail and Sail competition took place. Three-person teams built boats on site with given wood. Then two team members raced the boat across the harbor.

There were a lot of first-time competitors this year, including the S.S. Minnow family team. The Crowell’s said their son Dawson, 12, loves boats, so the family entered the race because of him.

They dressed as the Skipper, Gilligan and Mary Ann from the 1960s television show “Gilligan’s Island.” While not a winner in their heat, the team received cheers for finishing the race.

Luke Storno and John Bucalo on team Cape Town Locals were also first-time racers. They won the first heat of the day, and were strong contenders for the final win.

Storno said they went with a rowboat style design, instead of the typical kayak shape, in order to better maneuver the turn around the buoy.

The Funky Monkey team was also a first-time team, and the first boat to sink. Team members said the boat started to take on water when a board came loose.

The final win out of of 16 teams was paddled in by Nick Winnemoeller and Anthony Mitchell of team Rum Scurvy/Wilson.

An open water swim, sandcastle building contest, volleyball tournament and fishing derby were also held.

Harbor Days is hosted by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, and presented by Genentech. Numerous local businesses helped sponsor the two-day event.

Harbor Days is held annually to celebrate the opening of Oceanside Harbor, which opened in 1963.

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