Crab races, crab derby, clam derby come to Westport this weekend

  • Sat Apr 21st, 2018 10:46am
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Lots of local seafood, crab racing, a marina stocked with mature Dungeness crab for a derby and, a new addition this year, a razor clam derby await at the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual World Class Crab Races this weekend.

The crab races are open to anyone who pays the $2 to get into the venue, the big tent at the Westport Marina. However, if you want to be in the “money” races, which feature cash prizes, you need to register at the venue ahead of time and fork over another $3. The payoff can be worth it, with a $100 top prize for the winners in different divisions of racers, including kid and adult races. The tent opens at 11 a.m. for racing, registration begins at 8 a.m.

There will also be races with designated prizes that can be bought into just ahead of the race; no pre-registration required. The cost of entering these races will vary depending on the prize; the higher the value of the prize, the higher the entry fee.

Racers can bring their own crab or purchase one at the marina for racing.

The crab feed begins at 11 a.m. also. A whole crab dinner is $25, half a cab $20, both include salad, baked beans, garlic bread and a beverage. There’s also shrimp Louie for $10, Brady’s smoked oysters for $8.50, shrimp cocktail for $5 and, for the non-seafood inclined, a hot dog and soda for $5.

WEfish and the Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen’s Association co-sponsor the annual crab derby. The marina is stocked the first morning of the derby with hundreds of mature crabs. A derby ticket is $5 and can be purchased at the derby booth in the marina. Derby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. The top prize this year is $500, with 10 “money” crab valued from $25 and up. Raffle prizes will be announced to derby participants throughout the derby. Money crab are clearly marked making them easy for derby participants to single out.

The razor clam derby runs both days, Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Derby tickets are available at the derby booth for $3. Contestants can swing by the derby booth during derby hours to weigh their limits. The winner of the derby, also sponsored by WEfish and the Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen’s Association, will receive a new Clamhawk clam gun valued at more than $100. The Clamhawk is manufactured by the Crabhawk Company in Tokeland.