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Lifesavers Battle in Port Fairy

SOME of the best surf lifesavers will converge on Port Fairy's East Beach this weekend.

The Victorian arm of the Australian Surf Rowers League (Navy ASRL) Series will be held in Port Fairy on Saturday.

It will be the fifth time the Navy has sponsored the event with the Port Fairy carnival the second of the 2012-13 series with the first held at Torquay last Sunday.

This will be the first time Port Fairy has hosted a leg of the Navy series.

It is expected that more than 50 crews from 20 Surf Life Saving clubs across Australia will be competing this weekend in Port Fairy.

Divisions of surfboat racing to be contested include open men, open women, reserves, under 23 men, under 23 women, under 19 and masters.

Crews will race 800 metres out into the surf and back to the beach with the top six crews in each division to make it to the finals.

The Port Fairy Shearwater crew will take some strong form into Saturday after they finished second in the men's reserve grade last weekend at Torquay.

Other Port Fairy crews to compete this weekend will be the Firebirds and the Fossils.

Racing starts at 12pm with finals to be held from 3pm.

The Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club will be holding the first session of its Nippers program this Sunday with the session starting at 10.30am and will include registration.

The Nippers program will go through until the end of February 2013 and will be overseen by Nippers co-ordinator Gerard Cashill.

The age group for the Nippers program ranges from 6 to 13 and includes junior, middle and senior groupings.

An opportunity still exists for club members to undertake training for their surf rescue certificate and bronze medallion.

This Saturday training will take place for these qualifications at the surf club.

Anyone who is not a club member but is interested in attaining these qualifications is invited to contact the club.


ANTHONY BRADY 2012, ARTICLE: Lifesavers battle in Port Fairy, 06 Dec, 2012 12:30 AM. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at [Accessed 06 December 2012]
ANTHONY BRADY 2012, IMAGE: Surf Boat Action. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at [Accessed 06 December 2012]