Coffs craft carnival attracts 200 crews
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
PARK Beach is expected to be choc full this weekend for Coffs Harbour Surf Club's 33rd annual Surfcraft Carnival.
More than 1000 of the country's finest surf life savers, including more than 200 boat crews, have descended upon Coffs Harbour for the event which has local surf club members buzzing with excitement about the weekend ahead.
"Entries have been flooding in from all around and the event is shaping up to be a big one," carnival co-ordinator Tony Mutkins said.
"There's something for the spectators too as the new surf club cafe has just opened, so they can enjoy some fine food while taking in the spectacular sights of some strong competition."
When people say in the build-up to the weekend that crews have come to Coffs Harbour from clubs far and wide, they're not kidding.
All the Sunshine Coast and Surfers Paradise surf lifesaving clubs are represented. One of those, Rainbow Bay, has entered an amazing number of nine crews for the weekend.
There will also be crews from as far south as Wollongong.
Rowing on familiar waters is expected to give Coffs Harbour's women's crew a sizeable advantage as they chase victory this weekend.
Hopes are high for the Coffs girls that took out the North Coast boat series last year and led by sweep Paul Worland, the crew of Belinda Leeson, Katie Sullivan, Kate Glassop and Kirsty Morrison is expected to give the women's section of 45 crews a real shake.
Local interest will also centre around the performance of Woolgoolga's masters crew which has won the title at Park Beach eight times in the past nine years.
The action gets under way today.