North Coast Surf Boat Series round held at Old Bar hailed a success

Taree Old Bar's crew heads for the finish line during a race in the North Coast Surf Boat Series held at Old Bar. The crew finished fourth on the pointscore but retains third on the overall ladder.
Taree Old Bar's crew heads for the finish line during a race in the North Coast Surf Boat Series held at Old Bar. The crew finished fourth on the pointscore but retains third on the overall ladder.

Taree Old Bar Surf Club is keen to host a round of the North Coast Surf Boat Series again.

Club president Judy Muscio said this after the success of the round held at Old Bar on Saturday.

The club applied to host the round when Port Macquarie was ruled out due to logistical problems caused by the school holiday crowds.

“We only had a few weeks to get organised and I was a bit nervous,’’ Mrs Muscio admitted.

“But everything we positive. All the feedback we’ve received was complimentary.

“Even our dodgy ramp held up alright and there were no problems getting the boats on and off the beach. That was something I was concerned about.’’

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Mrs Muscio said the club will welcome back the boats

“We’ll apply to host a round again in a heart beat,’’ she said.

This was the first time the series has been to Old Bar and Mrs Muscio is determined that it won’t be a one-off.

Crews had to contend with a strong nor-east wind, however, conditions were described as ‘pretty good,’ by Mrs Muscio.

“Well done Old Bar,’’ surf boat series official Rebecca Mitchell said.

“On behalf of the entire boat series please thank your members for all their work, especially at such short notice.’’

Taree Old Bar’s women’s crew was the club’s sole representative on the day. The crew rowed the club’s recently christened boat the ‘Bevan Weiley.’

Old Bar retained third place on the overall ladder, despite finishing in fourth place in the round. A third placing in the second race was Old Bar’s best performance.

TOB now has 32 points behind Woolgooga on 60 and Kempsey-Crescent Head on 57.

Old Bar crew member and the club’s boat captain Corinne Stevenson said the new boat performed exceptionally well. The crew will be in action in the next round at Bonny Hills in a fortnight while they’ll also contest the Country Championships at South West Rocks starting February 3.

In all 27 crews from nine clubs took part in the round. Cape Hawke was represented in the women’s masters with Forster in the men’s masters.