Tannum Sands boat crews fine-tuned for national finals
AUSTRALIA'S best 24 surf boat crews converge on Manly this weekend, each with a hope of coming out of the water the best in the country, and Tannum Sands is as ready for the challenge as any other crew on the beach.
The Tannum club will have both a men's and women's crew in the Triple Crown event, with the winner of each division coming out as the best in Australia.
Tannum Club president and sweep Tony Davis is confident his rowers are as capable of earning the title as any, following a good preparation last weekend on the Gold Coast.
"We have the open men and the U23 women who are competing in the open women, so we are hoping that for the best," Davis said.
"The top 24 crews in Australia are there and by the end of Sunday we will know."
Leading for much of the final, the open men hit an area where the swell died on the home leg, beaten narrowly and finishing third.
The U23 women needed to go up in class after their division was called off, racing just once in the open category.
"We were the only girls crew to go out, and the only ones to nominate up into open women's," Davis said.
"We knocked off the Queensland open women's team from Tugun."
A number of other Tannum crews were at the carnival, with the U19 men winning all of their races.
A few crews did not get the opportunity to see competition though, the rough conditions forcing organisers to ask coaches to only send out confident and experienced teams.
"We withdrew a few crews due to experience and the harsh conditions," Davis said.
"The officials did a great job, they asked us to assess our own crews without calling the day off."
Competition is Saturday, Sunday and Monday this weekend for Tannum, with the final round of the Navy series (Saturday) and the Triple Crown (Sunday) leading into a less series public holiday meet on Monday.