Spectacular Boat Challenge on Bennetts Beach

SURF ACTION: Boat Series Challenge on Bennetts Beach
SURF ACTION: Boat Series Challenge on Bennetts Beach

Members of the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Surf Life Saving Club take a bow, after the spectacular Boat Series Challenge on Bennetts Beach earlier this month.

86 crews took to the surf in what could only be described as challenging conditions on the first day of the Street Series competition.

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“It wasn’t huge seas but enough to make us rearrange the program,” official Mike Tamblyn said.

There were a couple of injuries with Hawks Nest crew member Peter Rogers taken to hospital with a nasty gash to the leg.

“Sunday saw conditions settle, so everyone got a start and had another top day of racing,” Rebecca Mitchell from Kempsey/Crescent Head SLSC said.

“It was an excellent carnival,” Streets Series committee member Mike Tamblyn told News Of The Area.

“It was the second year we’ve done it and no doubt we’ll be back for a third,” Mike said.

‘’Thank you to the host club for putting on a great weekend, from the beach party who got us on the beach to the ladies that fed and rehydrated us at the clubhouse,” Rebecca said.

Mike Tamblyn also thanked HNTG Surf Lifesaving President Steve Howell and his team for the terrific job they did in running and organising the event.

As for the results, the HNTG Masters Men came in third in Round Three held on the Saturday.

The Reserve Men’s Hawks Nest Tea Gardens crew came in sixth in the fourth round on Sunday.

Rebecca Mitchell summed up the weekend: “All the boaties and supporters, you are all to be congratulated on not only your rowing and sweeping but also the great sportsmanship shown all weekend.’’

By Margie TIERNEY

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