Surf club is making waves in a top start
SURFBOAT RESCUE: It was a case of against the odds for a contingent from the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club.
Sweep Tony Davis's new-look Tannum's crew of Steele Davis, Chris Hooper, Nick Pintus and Nic McKeiver finished equal first with Currumbin Beach Surf Life Saving Club in round one of the Queensland Navy Surfboat Series on Saturday.
Tannum Sands competed in the Reserve Men's Division and finished the day with three firsts and a second.
"It was an amazing effort for this young crew with two boys just out of the under-19 division last season,” Davis said.
"To make this great start even more special is because my son Steele lives on Sunshine Coast and other three boys live in Gladstone.
"The boys are happy
at the moment and are sitting in a pretty good position.”
Travel has not been a factor and that's despite 10,000km being done so far for training commitments.
"Every two weeks we travel to the coast or Steele drives the 5.5 hours to Gladstone to train,” Davis said.
"I don't think that there'd be a crew that would cover that distance in a year.”
Davis believed nothing would interrupt the bond between these young men.
"This this not the recommended plan for a
surf boat crew, but these boys are doing it well,” Davis added.
"The boys now see that the hard work done in the pre-season is paying off and the tradition ofquality surf boat crews from Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club continues.”
Wind and rain and the low temperatures did not faze Davis's crew.
"Conditions were good
on the water, but with wind and rain and it was cool, something that us central Queenslanders are not used to,” Davis said.
"It felt a bit like I had hypothermia.”
Davis said that it was probably anxiety in the final race which prevented a hat-trick of wins.
"The only thing was that in the last race where the boys went too hard and probably tried too hard,” he said. "The boys will learn from that to keep their progression going.”
Davis said Saturday's success will set Tannum Sands in a great position
for a tilt at the title.
"Our goal is to win the Queensland Titles and I have a good bunch of boys and it's great that my son is back at Tannum Sands,” he said.
The Tannum Sands' crew next challenge is in four weeks where they will tackle the sea in Coolum.
"The race after that is then on December 2 on the Gold Coast after which a Queensland team is then selected,” Davis said.
"The hardest thing is
not to let the distance become a factor and I'm going to have to limit that travel factor.”