Woopi crew will summon every skill to stay ahead of the pack
WOOLGOOLGA pinged the lids to lead the Hoey Moey North Coast Surf Boats Series and will be rowing hard to stay in front at this weekend's round at Scotts Head.
Organisers had 47 crews in the water on Saturday with 41 backing up for Sunday competition at the opening event in Yamba last month.
There were good numbers in all divisions but the best news was an apparent increase in the under-19 men's division.
The first weekend has Woolgoolga out in front on 78 points, just one point in front of Kempsey-Crescent Head.
However, the real surprise on the opening weekend of the season was the improved performance by Coffs Harbour crews who put the club into third position after a number of years in the doldrums. Another good round will have Coffs Harbour's confidence skyrocketing when that club hosts the annual craft carnival at Park Beach on November 29-30.
The North Coast Surf Boat Series (NCSBS) has been running since 1994 and has been supported by crews from Forster to Kingscliff.
City and interstate clubs have been known to send development crews to blood them for top quality racing.
Surf boat rowing is an iconic part of surf lifesaving.
Historically, they were the original rescue craft and are still being used today for that purpose, although today's hybrid craft is designed as an out-and-out racing craft.
The series aim is to promote the surf lifesaving movement as well as the sporting component.
Kempsey-Crescent Head 77
Coffs Harbour 64
Wauchope-Bonny Hills 61
Evans Head 40
Macksville-Scotts Head 34
Kawana Waters 27
Tacking Point 25
Red Rock-Corindi 20
Brunswick Heads 19
Cape Hawke 18
South West Rocks 12