Surf boat crew hope to build on last season's success
TANNUM Sands Surf Life Saving Club's surf boat crews had the best year of their existence last season, which adds a lot of pressure to the teams this summer.
But despite the expectation, the crews are not feeling the heat, but are rather ready to tackle the challenge and even better their performances.
First on the calendar was a scheduled meet next weekend at Agnes Water but a lack of interest from clubs in the state's south prevented the opener and the event has been moved back to November 9-10.
"We were hoping to get interest from southern crews but didn't get it, so it wasn't worth going down," Tannum club spokesman Phillip Massingham said.
Last year's tally of achievements included six state medals, two Australian open division medals in the second highest level there is.
The Tannum crews combined well, scoring a silver in the National Boat Relay.
"We have the core group of rowers and sweeps filling those same spots in the crews," Massingham said.
"It will be mixed on experienced and new crews that are just getting together."
With the new crews needing some time to gel, the more experienced Tannum brigade is not holding any expectation for the Gold Coast opener early next month, but rather hopes to ease into what will be a successful season.
"We are hoping to be competitive, making the finals, and the guys will look to build on that during the season," Massingham said.