Row of weekends ahead for surf boat crews
WOOLGOOLGA boat crews have withdrawn from this weekend's Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) event at Manly but will then spend four weekends straight on the water.
Boat captain Trevor Clark said the club was disappointed to miss the city visit.
"After adding everything up with an injury or two and others not available this weekend, we decided to concentrate on the weeks coming which will have us busy enough," he said.
On February 1, the club will be at Crescent Head for the penultimate round of the North Coast Surf Boats series.
The weekend after, four crews will attend the ASRL round at Stockton Beach before returning to Park Beach in Coffs Harbour for the North Coast series final.
Next stop is Pacific Palms for the annual Battle Of The Boats.
"We then rest up for a week before a trip south to Umina for the NSW titles but the big finale is in March," Clark said.
"We're off to Perth for the Australian championships at the end of the month.
"Most of the rowers will fly over but we still have to transport the boats across the Nullarbor.
"I've done it myself four times and it's quite and experience but this time I'm on the 'plane."
Clark said his crews thrive on the heavy program.
"Most of us have been together a long time and we love it," he added.
"Sometimes it hurts but you forget about that and get on with it."