The Around the Island Row is a race, ran by the North Wildwood Beach Patrol, which enables pairs of rowers to represent their respective beach patrols in a grueling, long distance, endurance-based rowing race. The course is 22.5 miles in length and it travels around the 5 mile island. The boats begin out in the ocean and follow the coast line around through the inlet, and into the back bays, where they must navigate around islands and shallow areas, before heading through another inlet and back into the ocean, where it is a straight shot to the finish line.