IT WAS a carnival fit for a 40th anniversary, with crews and athletes from across the East Coast doing battle in the Coffs Harbour Surf Club's annual Craft Carnival.

The weekend saw some stellar performances and as expected, Sydney teams dominated proceedings.

Park Beach SLSC director Rachel Smyth said the club was happy to host such a prestigious event and was dedicated to staging the carnival next year.

"While it's not as big as it once was, we still had 800 people competing over the two days. It was a fantastic event," Smyth said.

"The amount of these kinds of things on the surf lifesaving calendar is quite extraordinary.

"I can see how clubs like ours would be affected by the amount of things that happen over the year.

"It's one of the biggest single events in Coffs Harbour, and we will be definitely be looking to have it again next year."

As well as Coffs' good competitive form, Woolgoolga SLSC managed to bag a few decent results for themselves.

"It was a great weekend. Apart from the rough weather on Saturday afternoon, where we called it off, it was good to get out there and have a bit of fun," Woolgooolga boat captain Trevor Clark said.

The Woolgoolga club showed why it was one of the most competitive clubs in the area by taking out the Masters event and coming a close second in the reserves grade.

The club also won the under-23s to cap off a memorable carnival for the Seahorses.

However, Clark said that while the carnival was great for the town and lifesaving community, he admitted that some of the shine had been tarnished in recent years due to the increasing entry fees and lower than average public interest.

"An event like this used to draw in massive crowds years ago, but interest from the public has been waning for quite some time now," Clark said.

RESULTS

2013 Interstate Craft Carnival Boating Division winners:
Open Male - Palm Beach (Sydney)
Reserve Grade - South Curl Curl (Sydney)
Open Women - Cudgen (Gold Coast)

Coffs Harbour SLSC results:
Men's Reserve - 3rd
Women's Reserve - 4th

Woolgoolga SLSC results:
Men's Reserve - 2nd
Under 23 - 4th

"Bad reviews tend to spread quickly in these form of events, and an event like this doesn't deserve it."



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