How fast can you harvest a limit of Dungeness crabs?
That is what will happen when crabbers converge at the free community event known as Puget Sound Speed-Crabbing Derby on Saturday, July 19 at the Port of Everett.
Check in is 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. with the derby – benefitting the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance – starting at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The unique derby is open to teams of two, three or four crabbers who race against the clock to harvest and submit the 10 heaviest Dungeness crab they can catch in the shortest amount of time.
Teams are individually timed from the start signal until they finish the race by crossing the finish line. There is a maximum of four crab pots per team per boat. Each team must have a separate catch cooler to contain their 10 heaviest crabs. Each vessel will be checked prior to the start of the race to make sure all gear and no crab are stowed in the boat.
For details, go to www.speedcrabbing.com.