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Port Fairy Surf Lifesaving Club Events during the Moyneyana Festival

Duck Derby Winner SwiftOnce again the Port Fairy Surf Lifesaving club has contributed to the Moyneyana festival with some crowd pleasing events.

Their 'Nippers' float in the Moyneyana procession included their latest piece of lifesaving equipment – a beach vehicle. This will enable club members to attend emergencies anywhere around the district equipped with emergency equipment. As part of the procession the club ran a tin rattle throughout the crowd to collect much needed funds.

New Years day saw the club run its annual Duck Derby and Corporate Duck race on the Moyne River at the wharf. A hugh crowd enjoyed the spectacle of 1000 yellow ducks, at the mercy of wind tide and the occasional wash from boat motors to make it to the finish line. The tickets were a sellout once again, demonstrating the popularity of this event as well as the generosity and support of locals and visitors.

Corporate Duck Derby Winner Warwick TaylorOn Saturday 5th Jan. the club ran the 1.2 km Moyneyana Ocean Swim on East Beach. We trialled a twilight swim time, and with record entries it appears this was well received. Again this could not run without the support of the Warrnambool and Port Campbell Surf Clubs. Also helping out with water safety and marker buoys was the Warrnambool coastguard boat and crew together with our Port Fairy Marine Rescue boat and crew. The swim itself was well supported and a new short course swim of 300metres attracted 47 swimmers and added to the attraction of competing in a supervised ocean swim. Rebeccas Ice creamery donated vouchers for very short course entrant.

Of course the Club will continue to patrol our beaches each weekend until Easter and our Nippers program has also attracted record numbers.

Photos: top - Duck Derby Winner bottom: Corporate Duck Derby Winner Warwick Taylor