Bundy boat crews in mix
THE two competing crews from host club Bundaberg performed well in the Australian Surf Rowers League aussieBum Queensland Cup Skins at Nielson Park Beach on Saturday.
Their reserves combination of Kurt Wessel, Marty Krehlik, Josh Killer and Ryan McGregor, which was swept by Wessel's father and club president Paul, finished second to Maroochydore Force, with Tannum Sands Bags and Mooloolaba Sawnoffs third and fourth.
Paul Wessel also swept their under-19 foursome of Kurt Read, Ben Hughes, Ben Sheppard and Rowan Killer which wound up fourth behind Tannum Sands Monitors, Currumbin Highlanders and Tugun.
“The juniors were pretty unlucky – they had some good rows during the day but in the final, they were second the whole race but they were pushed back to fourth and that's it in an elimination in Skins, but that's surf boat rowing,” Wessel said.
“The reserve grade stuffed up the start on a lap and couldn't pull it back in short course.
“But we will have another crack at it this weekend in the Navy Series at Bribie Island, while the juniors will row again in the Young Guns Surf Fest at Kirra on Sunday.”
Four other divisions were also contested on an action packed day's program, and Rod “Termite” Coleman and his Southport crew have a great chance of representing Queensland at the Australian surf boat trials at Stockton next month after staging a stunning victory in the cut-throat Open field.
With the first two rounds of this season's surf boat calendar being used to pick the four Queensland representative surf boat crews, selectors were treated to some tight racing in the half-metre chop on offer.
Southport managed to get the better of the waves on the way home to narrowly beat Metropolitan Caloundra White, BMD Northcliffe and Tugun in the open final.
Those crews now have their sights on being at Stockton next month and only a disastrous result this weekend at Bribie Island would see other crews come into consideration.
Australian women's champions Mooloolaba Amcal have two new crew members. But with Brendon Western still sweeping, they proved too strong for the Gold Coast trio of Kurrawa Krankitz, Southport Hoo Haas and Currumbin Valkaries in their division.
Tannum Sands boaties, now under the guidance of the genius of Phil Massingham, dominated the three age divisions, also winning the under-23 men and women.
In the under-23 women's, Alexandra Headland picked up the two minor spots while the Currumbin duo Hornets and Highlanders placed second and third respectively in the under-23 men.