Surf Boats News

Branch Championships – North Narrabeen 18th February 2012

Bilgola crews competed quite successfully at the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships at North Narrabeen.  Also finalised  at the Branch Titles was the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Premiership which was conducted over the season featuring a tally of all the Branch carnivals, consisting of Bilgola, Newport, Warriewood, Palm Beach, Manly, Freshwater and the Branch carnival.

The Open Men crew again won the Branch Championships in fine style to make it back to back titles. This crew has had an unprecedented season and we hope their success continues right through to the Australian Championships. This crew easily took out the Branch Premiership scoring 128 points out of a possible 130 points.

Our two Open Women’s crews made it to the final with the Gold crew swept by Don McManus getting the bronze medal.  Unfortunately the highly fancied Black crew swept by Mitch Foran met up with some bad luck when hit by a wave soon after the start.  They finished in 6th place after showing some very good form in the lead-up races.

Our Under 23 Women Benny’s crew consisting of sweep Ben Gill, Nikki Squire, Danielle Ashworth, Nicole Christey and Georgie Tomkins rowed well to just miss out on a place in the final.  However they were rewarded for their consistency by taking 3rd place in the Branch Premiership.  Keep improving girls.

Under 23 Men Gold crew again had no luck and missed out on a spot in the semi finals.  This crew will hit the jackpot soon.  It certainly isn’t through their lack of trying. The Reserves Gold crew got the semi finals before lady luck deserted them.  Well done guys keep the training up as you are one of the fastest crews going around.

Our 160 years Master Old Gold crew won gold in their Division after fighting off challenges in their final to easily win the Title.  Well done to Don McManus, Norm Pounder, Mark Parsons, Grant Jacobs and Garett Smith.

Battle of the boats at Pacific Palms – 25th and 26th February 2012

This is an annual carnival which attracts a large contingent of boat rowers in a very pretty National Park setting.  Lovely weather and nice water saw some very competitive racing at the Palms.  We also celebrated Georgie Tomkins’s 19th Birthday.  We hear they trained hard on Saturday night to help her celebrate.

Crews from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales turned up to this fantastic carnival. Competitive racing with a jovial atmosphere was the order of the weekend. You race 6 rounds and the highest point scorers after the 6 rounds progress to a straight final.

Our Reserves went well considering they were short Mark Hooley who was on possible baby birth duties. Some of our rowers substituted however the crew didn’t quite get to the finals.