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24th Annual MBV Wheelchair Rock Cod Derby Oct 4, 2014

Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc is pleased to announce its 24th annual Wheelchair Rock Cod Fishing Derby will be held October 4, 2014!

Organized by the Sports Rehab Center division of Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., the Derby brings disabled veterans out of2014 Rock Cod Derby homes and hospitals for a day of fishing for fun and prizes. Registration is now open for participants, volunteers, and boat captains.

A pre-registration dinner will be held for anglers and volunteers Friday, October 3 from 5 to 7 PM. Bright and early the next morning, anglers will begin loading at 6 AM on Saturday, October 4, at Breakwater Cove Marina in Monterey. Upon return, anglers and volunteers will enjoy a banquet dinner at 2 PM and an awards ceremony at 3 PM.

Veterans and all physically challenged members of the community are invited to participate in this free event. Applications are required prior to the event for fishing. Applications for boat owners able to support the event are also available. Participation is limited to available space on the boats. 

Participant registration form

Volunteer registration form

Boat Captain registration form

Official Event Flyer

Directions and Event Schedule

The deadline for registration is September 26, 2014. Don’t miss the boat!

The 2014 Rock Cod Derby is sponsored by:

Disabled American Veterans, Department of California Rehabilitation Foundation
AT&T Pebble Beach Charities
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 85 & 7
American Legion Post # 31, 694, 591
City of Monterey
Food Source Produce Brokers
California Rodeo, Salinas
Monterey Peninsula Avenue of Flags


Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides recreational fishing, scuba dive programs, and transportation assistance for the disabled at major area events including Laguna Seca, Monterey Jazz Festival, California International Air Show, California Rodeo, AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament, First Tee Open and Concours d’Elegance. Funding through private and corporate donations, and grants, support these programs. To learn more go to:

Major milestone for Lift2Freedom

Monterey Bay Veterans’ (MBV) custom dive boat is one step closer to reality with successful testing of the custom designed submersible dive platform, the “Lift2Freedom”(c).  This platform, designed by Chris Delucchi, allows for disabled diver(s), along with their equipment and other divers, to be safely and efficiently lowered into and retrieved from the water from deck level.

The platform is a major component of MBV’s dive boat “Freedom”.  The Freedom conversion has been a major project to convert a 60 foot Pacifica Sport Fisher to a physically challenged friendly scuba diving platform.   Many features and upgrades have been installed to accommodate physically challenged divers on ocean dives as part of MBV’s unique dive program specifically designed for physically challenged divers.

Full sea trials are scheduled for mid August.

Read more about the overall program under Programs > Freedom Dive Program on this site.