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Port Fairy SLSC News #10

Port Fairy SLSC News #10 2011/12
January 31st 2012

It was yet another big weekend for the Port Fairy surf club with members in action at various sites around the state. Australia Day saw both the mens & womens rowing crews venture to the city to compete in Round 2 of the Navy-ASRL league at St. Kilda. The racing was very competitive and at one stage during the heats the mens crew tangled with their hosts resulting in a hole in the bow of the Saints boat! After returning home the crews hit the road again on Saturday for Round 3 at Torquay. The competition was fierce and the mens crew of sweep Paul Buchanan and rowers Greg Dalton, Howard Sharp, Shaun Murrihy & Scott Hetherington did very well to back up from Thursday and make the semi-finals of the reserve grade competition.

The womens crew didn’t compete on Saturday but instead saved their energy for Sunday at Jan Juc where a 3-4 foot swell with dumping waves made things very interesting. The crew of sweep Greg Dalton and rowers Nicole Dwyer, Tania Dalton, Brooke Green & Leonie Boyd performed admirably in the tough, unpredictable conditions. After three heats of the open competition they made it to the semi-final before a wipe out on a tricky wave denied them a place in the final. The mens crew again rowed exceptionally in the reserve boat section to make the final and finish third. Both crews are very proud that five solid months of training and regular competition over the last 5 weeks means they are now more than competitive at every outing. The crews return to action this coming Saturday the 4th Feb at Lorne in the Victorian Masters Titles.

A little closer to home a 31-strong contingent of Nippers ventured to Warrnambool for the third state carnival of the season. Many metropolitan clubs took advantage of the unofficial long weekend to head to the ‘Bool and provide strong competition for the locals. Despite this the Port Fairy youngsters performed very well and came away with a swag of ribbons across all age categories. Special mention goes to Bonnie Williamson in the under 10’s who took eight 1st places and one second from her nine events! A bonus for the Nippers this year is that the State Championships will be held a week earlier than usual and won’t clash with the Folk Festival. Those wishing to compete at Lorne over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of March should advise the club as soon as possible - and also check accommodation at Lorne before it books out.

Sunday saw another enthusiastic crowd of Nippers flock to East Beach where temperatures in the mid 30’s ensured there would be more action in the water than on the sand this week. The Nippers program continues on until late February and with the traditional back-to-school warm weather just around the corner there is still plenty of summer left for anyone considering joining the surf club.

For Administration enquiries please contact Paul Nash on Mobile: 0400 801 317 Office: 5568 2246 or Email:

Please enjoy the beach and remember to always swim between the flags and heed the directions of life guards at all times.