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Christmas Day Volunteers

SCHOOL is almost out and Christmas is less than a week away. Our patrolling members are on duty weekends and public holidays – Christmas Day is no exception. There is no pre-set roster for Christmas Day, we simply ask our members who are in town to volunteer two hours of their day and share the load. Bring down your family and friends, set up volleyball or go for a paddle – what better way to spend an Aussie Christmas! There are two hour shifts starting at 9am, 11, 1pm or 3. Email Ben on benbate@hotmail.com.au or txt to 0407 929 515 if you can help and which shift you will do.

George Bass Marathon almost here

The George Bass Marathon is an endurance race like no other. Seven legs over seven consecutive days, a mix of paddlers and surf boat crews from Queensland to Canberra, Melbourne to Sydney, Wollongong and of course our own Far South Coast. Narooma Surf Club’s current male veteran crew, have been in training for some time and are now finalising the last little tweaks with less than a fortnight to go. Our ski paddler, Nick Ziviani has prepared well for the race – having competed in the ‘Bass’ previously as a rower and a paddler, Nick spends most weekends touring the country, following the key races, competing at the highest standard.

The race begins at Batemans Bay Bridge on Sunday, December 29 at 9am. Averaging 25km per day, the ski paddlers and surfboat rower’s travel south, down the coast, finishing in Aislings Beach, Eden. The crowd of support boats, buses, cars and camper trailers will arrive in Narooma on New Year’s Eve – view the boats travel past from a headland at Dalmeny or get down to the Surf Club to watch the spectacle. Be there from 10am to cheer the boys on as they come home. New Year’s Day will see the next 24km leg of the race begin in Narooma bound for Bermagui. Arrive by 8am as the start will start at 9am.

Anyone available to assist preparing breakfast, loading cars and trucks with food and equipment please let us know. We will need a few helpers in the days prior to the race, as well as in the mornings – join us bright and early, from 5.30am. Despite ‘Thirsty’ threatening retirement from his long held position as ‘Camp Captain’ for many years now, this year he will have no choice but to sit and give orders as he is nursing a broken hand. Any member who can offer their assistance is much appreciated.

Last Nippers before the January break

This Sunday is the last Nippers of the year. If all children and helpers can please turn up at least 15 minutes early so that we can get the day started on time. Nippers should be seated behind their age group sign, wearing their red, white and black cap. Nippers will restart on Sunday, January 12.

The week ahead

Friday 4.30pm Board Training in the net

6pm Fundraising Raffles at O’Brien’s Hotel

Saturday 9am Patrol C with Pip Thorn

Sunday 9am Patrol D with Wayne Mullavey

9am Nippers and Cadets

Wednesday Christmas Day Volunteer Patrol

Shifts: 9am/11am/1pm/3pm

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