A women's crew makes a splash during the North Coast Surf Boat Series event at Minnie Water.
A women's crew makes a splash during the North Coast Surf Boat Series event at Minnie Water. Sheenah Whitten

Rowers face major challenge at Minnie Water

SURF BOAT crews defied challenging conditions to compete in the North Coast Surf Boat Series at Minnie Water at the weekend.

Organisers opted to delay the start of competition to allow for conditions to improve but even then they chose to cancel the under-19 women's event and helmets were mandatory for the remaining crews.

A field of 35 crews from New South Wales and Queensland had nominated for the event, one of eight rounds of the series.

"We have one of the strongest series in the country,” media representative Sheenah Whitten said.

Whitten said conditions had bordered on hazardous but

The Woolgoolga crews performed well with the pen men's crew finishing second in their division.

Woolgoolga finished third in the open women's final and third in the reserves.

The club's crews placed second in the men's masters (160 years) event and second in the women's masters.

Woolgoolga is currently ranked second on the club leaderboard with 430 points, just adrift of Kempsey- Crescent Head (557).

The final round of the series will be staged at Woolgoolga on Saturday, March 4.

Club standings after North Coast Surf Boat Series event at Minnie Water: Kempsey-Crescent Head 557 points; Woolgoolga 430; Coffs Harbour 348; Wauchope-Bonny Hills 227; South West Rocks 142; Taree-Old Bar 120; Tugun 120; Minnie Water-Wooli 118; Red Rock-Corindi 82; Port Macquarie 80; Macksville-Scotts Head 52; Forster 47; Maroochydore 44; Coolangatta 40; Hat Head-Hammer Heads 22; North Bondi 21; Tweed Heads Coolangatta 17; Evans Head 15; Pacific Palms 11; Cape Hawke 8.