Sweet victory in the salty water at Coffs

TACKING Point Surf Club wrapped up a hugely successful North Coast Surfboat Series with wins in the men’s and women’s divisions on Saturday.

The club’s masters team secured a runner-up spot to make the season even sweeter for Tacking Point.

The women’s team re-united this season after some changes last year, and are rowing better than they did then, sweep Kevin Owens said.

They finished second in that series two years ago, and Owens was thrilled to go one better in 2012-13.

The men finished fourth on Saturday to take victory in the series.

“The men were an unknown quantity this year,” Owens said.

“But it was a good result all-round.”

The club has more rowers set to come aboard for next season. Owens expects at least two more boat crews.

That will push Tacking Point’s contingent out to six crews, and force Owens to recruit another sweep to help out with training.

He hopes it will help surfboats take off with the club.

“We’re only relatively young as a club, and excel in other areas,” he said.

The State Titles on March 8, 9 and 10 are looming large, before the Best of the Best competition at Maroubra on March 23.

Owens expected some tough competition from the metropolitan clubs.

Then there’s the Australian Titles on the Gold Coast from April 15-23.

About 400 boat crews will take part in the titles. So it’s no rest for the wicked, with training as usual for the Port crews.

“It’s back to the grindstone,” Owens said.

The crews do Monday, Wednesday and weekend rowing sessions, with stints at the gym in between.

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