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Pier-to-Point Fun Paddle to raise money for ocean rescues

Kayaker Jim Masy, (in hat with paddle) gets assistance from the North Coast Ocean Rescue members in this photo from 2002. Participants in the Oct. 7 Pier-to-Point Fun Paddle can use any human-powered ocean craft, including kayaks, paddleboards, stand-up paddleboards and outrigger canoes.
Kayaker Jim Masy, (in hat with paddle) gets assistance from the North Coast Ocean Rescue members in this photo from 2002. Participants in the Oct. 7 Pier-to-Point Fun Paddle can use any human-powered ocean craft, including kayaks, paddleboards, stand-up paddleboards and outrigger canoes.

Get your paddles ready: The annual Pier-to-Point Fun Paddle fundraiser for the North Coast Ocean Rescue Team (NCOR) is to be Saturday, Oct. 7, starting at San Simeon Pier and ending 6 miles south at Leffingwell Landing.

Check in is at 8 a.m.; the race starts at 9 a.m. The $45 donation covers race participation, lunch, and a commemorative T-shirt.

Sign up in person at Cambria Fire Department, 2850 Burton Drive, online at www.signup.com, or at the pier on race day.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Liam Taylor scholarship fund set up by NCOR and the Cambria Firefighters Association. The scholarship is to sponsor training for a person aspiring to become a member of the emergency medical services system. Taylor was an NCOR member, Coast Union High School graduate and athlete who died last month after being injured in a surfing accident.

Participants in the Pier-to-Point Paddle can be any age (although those 17 years old and younger must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). Paddlers can use any human-powered ocean craft, including kayaks, paddleboards, stand-up paddleboards and outrigger canoes.

Sign up for the Fun Paddle and Ocean Race starts at 8 a.m.; the fun paddle/ocean race starts at 9. Each participant’s $40 donation helps support NCOR, and goes toward buying equipment for the volunteer water-rescue team.

Coastal whaling history is topic

Shore or coastal whaling — defined as the pursuit, capture or taking of a whale near the shore — was a major industry during San Simeon Bay’s commercial heyday in the late 1800s.

Learn more about that history during a talk presented Thursday, Sept. 28 by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and State Parks.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Rabobank community room, 1070 Main St. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and no reservations are required.

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