The crew strain on the oars as sweep Dean Crockett directs the Coffs Harbour surf boat into the waves.
The crew strain on the oars as sweep Dean Crockett directs the Coffs Harbour surf boat into the waves. Contributed

Coffs boats riding on the crest of surf series

FOUR Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club boat crews will be in action this weekend at Hawks Nest.

The club's rise up the pecking order in the North Coast Surf Boats series is set to continue with masters, open women and two open mens crews ready to attack the waves.

The open mens crew known as the Insurgents were in Queensland one week ago participating in the Navy rowing series.

The line-up of Morgan McDonough, Lachie Pinney, Eli Gray, Riley Landinin and Brook Down won their first heat to create a perfect start.

However,boat captain Paul Kelly reports the carnival had to be cancelled after heat two due to the surf conditions.

"The Navy winner qualifies for the Ocean Thunder series and the crew is expected to go well again this weekend," he said.

The open women will have their regular crew of Rachael Smyth, Georgia Smyth, Ashlee Noble, Melissa Bell and sweep Paul Worland in the water.

"The women have been training very well and we expect a strong performance leading into the midway point of the season," Paul said.

"After finishing third at our Interstate Craft Carnival, the Coffs open men swept by Dean Crockett is out to continue the great form.

"They are currently second to Woolgoolga on the ladder and continue to develop as a powerful team.

"The masters crew are leading the point score in their division and are enjoying a tight tussle with Macksville-Scotts Head."



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