PHOTOS: George Bass tight race in final leg

THE Dial Before You Dig George Bass Surf Marathon 2013/14 wrapped on the weekend after seven days of gruelling rowing and paddling down the Far South Coast of NSW.

The Narooma Veteran Men dominated proceedings going unbeaten, while Bulli won the Open Men’s, Torquay won the Open Women’s and Avalon Beach won the Veteran Women’s divisions.

From the very first day when the opening leg from Batemans Bay to Moruya was shortened, ocean conditions were particularly challenging for competitors and the team of organisers.

The boats were forced to row a loop in and out of Bermagui on Day 4 after a strong southerly blocked to their path Tathra.

Then on the final day that normally sees rowers travel from Merimbula to Eden, organisers faced with another southerly forecast decided to reverse the race.

Rowers and ski paddlers on Day 7 took off from the Eden harbour and hugged the coast to Pambula surf club on what turned out to be benign conditions perfect for the surfboats.

The ski paddlers then the Veteran and Open women crews were given a good head start followed by the Veteran Men.

Narooma led the Veterans pack around out of Twofold Bay waiting for the crews behind them to conduct their first four-man crew change before conducting their own crew change.

The Northcliffe veteran men had pledged to give everything to stay with Narooma after there close race the day before into Pambula, but none of the vets crews could stay on the back of Narooma.

The team motto this year was “Win or Die!”

Narooma closed in on the women crews as they approached the treacherous gap between the mainland and island at Haycock Point.

Support boats from the men’s crews and director’s boat rushed ahead to check out conditions and were greeted with a good surf breaking in the gap and spotters reported seeing ski-paddlers walking across the shallow reef.

The race director’s boat then rushed back through the boats waving them away from the gap and around the point.

At the briefing the night before race organisers cautioned rowers against travelling the gap, which has seen surfboats run high and dry in previous years.

But the Bulli Veterans had words to organisers on the water arguing the direction should have come earlier so they could have taken a different line, but all the boats were heading in the same direction anyway.

After rounding Haycock Point it was as short sprint into the Pambula surf club with Narooma overtaking some of the Women crews.

There was a short burst by Narooma as the Bulli Open Men slowly overtook them on the final stretch, a scenario that played out previously over each leg with Narooma only being beaten by the younger Bulli crew into almost all the finishes.

The presentation was held at the Lakeview Hotel in Merimbula on Saturday afternoon.

Race director Bert Hunt said the emphasis this year had very much been on safety and keeping competitors safe, with the weather conditions forcing some difficult decisions.

Those accepting the awards thanked the organisers and said the decisions had been good ones.

The two sons of race founder WB “Curly” Annabel were on hand at the presentation and said their father would be pleased and amazed to see the race named after the early explorer still going after all these years.

Race sponsors Dial Before You Dig and the Royal Australian Navy were also thanked by the teams as they accepted their awards.

Crews including Northcliffe, Queensland promised to spread the word and get more surfboat crews involved in the epic race that will be on again in 2015/2016.

Narooma ski paddler Nick Ziviani celebrated a sixth place in this his fourth race paddling but he also rowed for Narooma four times before that.

Fellow Eurobodalla paddler Norm Lenahan of Moruya finished ninth.

Bermagui fielded a mixed team in the Veterans division and its men and women rowers did amazingly well to finish sixth. 

The Narooma News plans to speak to Bermagui sweep Rob Shaw and Narooma sweep Brendan Constable later today to get their take on this year's marathon.

The Narooma team sang its traditional team Minke Whale song led by rower Unto Holopainen who is now contemplating rowing his 12th George Bass next time.

Narooma, Bermagui sweeps give thanks

THE sweeps of the Narooma and Bermagui crews have given thanks to their rowers, supporters and organisers.

“I want to thank the rowers for the commitment, training every day in the lead up to the race, either by themselves or with the team,” Narooma sweep Brendan Constable said.

EIGHT IN: Narooma all jumped into the boat after the seventh win on the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon. Pictured from the front are Unto Holopainen, Nigel Constable, Glen Wilton, Jae Constable, Johnny Davis, Stuey Croser, Brendan Constable and Rod Patmore (obsured).

EIGHT IN: Narooma all jumped into the boat after the seventh win on the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon. Pictured from the front are Unto Holopainen, Nigel Constable, Glen Wilton, Jae Constable, Johnny Davis, Stuey Croser, Brendan Constable and Rod Patmore (obsured).

The winning Open Women's team Avalon at the start at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The winning Open Women's team Avalon at the start at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

NAROOMA PADDLER: Narooma ski-paddler Nick Ziviani departs Bermagui on Day 4. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

NAROOMA PADDLER: Narooma ski-paddler Nick Ziviani departs Bermagui on Day 4. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

HOME PORT: Bermagui gets ready for the start of the leg 4 in the George Bass on Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

HOME PORT: Bermagui gets ready for the start of the leg 4 in the George Bass on Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma at the Bermagui start. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma at the Bermagui start. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

George Bass race organisers were kept busy at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

George Bass race organisers were kept busy at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Women Veteran crews start at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Women Veteran crews start at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Moruya Viking Men Open's team depart Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Moruya Viking Men Open's team depart Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma heads into the swells off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma heads into the swells off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bulli rows hard off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bulli rows hard off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui heads north after rounding the Three Brothers. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui heads north after rounding the Three Brothers. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui heads north after rounding the Three Brothers. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui heads north after rounding the Three Brothers. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change off Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris, Unto Holopainen and Stuey Croser. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris, Unto Holopainen and Stuey Croser. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris, Unto Holopainen and Stuey Croser. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris, Unto Holopainen and Stuey Croser. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris, Unto Holopainen and Stuey Croser. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris, Unto Holopainen and Stuey Croser. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris and Unto Holopainen. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

LONG AND HARD: Rowing long and hard off Bermagui are Narooma rowers Rod Patmore, Adam Morris and Unto Holopainen. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma comes home the second boat into Bermagui beaten only by Bulli Open. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma comes home the second boat into Bermagui beaten only by Bulli Open. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma comes home the second boat into Bermagui beaten only by Bulli Open. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma comes home the second boat into Bermagui beaten only by Bulli Open. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bulli vets finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bulli vets finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Moruya Open Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Moruya Open Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Northcliffe Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Northcliffe Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Wollgong City finishes at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Wollgong City finishes at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Wollongong City finishes at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Wollongong City finishes at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Torquay Open Women finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Torquay Open Women finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Queenscliff Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Queenscliff Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Veteran Men finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Broulee finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Broulee finish at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Support duck organiser Tony Rettke of the Tathra surf club at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Support duck organiser Tony Rettke of the Tathra surf club at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui come home. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui come home. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui support duck and crew. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui support duck and crew. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Welcome home Bermagui! Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Welcome home Bermagui! Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Avalon Beach arrives at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Avalon Beach arrives at Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Viking women come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Viking women come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Viking women come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Viking women come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula comes into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula comes into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Veteran Women come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Veteran Women come into Bermagui. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

GOOD LUCK: Bermagui sweep Rob Shaw and Narooma sweep Brendan Constable wish each other good luck at the start of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon at Tathra. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

GOOD LUCK: Bermagui sweep Rob Shaw and Narooma sweep Brendan Constable wish each other good luck at the start of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon at Tathra. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui at the start at Tathra. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui at the start at Tathra. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Go the BATS! The Broulee Bats support boat with crew wearing bat hats...

Go the BATS! The Broulee Bats support boat with crew wearing bat hats...

IN LEAD: Narooma leads Bermagui around the Tathra headland bommie. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

IN LEAD: Narooma leads Bermagui around the Tathra headland bommie. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

IN LEAD: Narooma leads Bermagui around the Tathra headland bommie. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

IN LEAD: Narooma leads Bermagui around the Tathra headland bommie. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

IN LEAD: Narooma leads Bermagui around the Tathra headland bommie. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

IN LEAD: Narooma leads Bermagui around the Tathra headland bommie. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Northcliffe gave a good challenge to Narooma on the Tathra to Pambula leg of the George Bass. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Northcliffe gave a good challenge to Narooma on the Tathra to Pambula leg of the George Bass. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Vikings teams looking good on the way down to Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Vikings teams looking good on the way down to Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Northcliffe tried to keep up with Narooma in the Pambula leg. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Northcliffe tried to keep up with Narooma in the Pambula leg. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma surfs a swell into Pambula trying to stay ahead of Bulli Opens. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma surfs a swell into Pambula trying to stay ahead of Bulli Opens. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Race organisers wait at the Pambula finish line... Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Race organisers wait at the Pambula finish line... Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula coming home. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula coming home. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula coming home. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula coming home. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Women Vets coming into Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra Women Vets coming into Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Eden start at the Harbour break wall was something new. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Eden start at the Harbour break wall was something new. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The support boat for Avalon Beach came from Moruya. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The support boat for Avalon Beach came from Moruya. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The women veteran start at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The women veteran start at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Viking Open Women take off from Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Viking Open Women take off from Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

It was nervous times for Narooma at the start at the Eden as the pressure was on to go undefeated. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

It was nervous times for Narooma at the start at the Eden as the pressure was on to go undefeated. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui at the Eden start. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui at the Eden start. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

And it's on! Narooma gets a good start at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

And it's on! Narooma gets a good start at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma looking good at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma looking good at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui looking good at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui looking good at Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Hugging the coast of Twofold Bay at Eden, the veteran men races in a tight pack. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Hugging the coast of Twofold Bay at Eden, the veteran men races in a tight pack. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma slowly took the lead out of Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma slowly took the lead out of Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Giving chase to Narooma out of Eden are Tathra and Bulli. Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Giving chase to Narooma out of Eden are Tathra and Bulli. Narooma rounds the point out of Twofold Bay, Eden in perfect rowing conditions. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra veteran men looking good out of Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Tathra veteran men looking good out of Eden. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Narooma conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

CREW CHANGE: Bermagui conducts a crew change halfway between Eden and Pambula on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Naooma approaches Haycock Point on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Naooma approaches Haycock Point on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

FINAL CHANGE: Narooma conducts its second last crew change of the George Bass on the final day. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Northcliffe after coming close to Narooma on the Pambula leg, threatened to throw everything at Narooma on the final day. Photo by Stan Gorton

Northcliffe after coming close to Narooma on the Pambula leg, threatened to throw everything at Narooma on the final day. Photo by Stan Gorton

Northcliffe after coming close to Narooma on the Pambula leg, threatened to throw everything at Narooma on the final day. Photo by Stan Gorton

Northcliffe after coming close to Narooma on the Pambula leg, threatened to throw everything at Narooma on the final day. Photo by Stan Gorton

Bulli wanted an earlier call to go around Haycock Point. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bulli wanted an earlier call to go around Haycock Point. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma did everything right again on the last day earning itself a clean sweep. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma did everything right again on the last day earning itself a clean sweep. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Here they come! Bulli Open Men were relentless and chased down Narooma again at the very end. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Here they come! Bulli Open Men were relentless and chased down Narooma again at the very end. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

A crew- Bull Open Men. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

A crew- Bull Open Men. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bulli Open Men approach Narooma just before the final finish at Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bulli Open Men approach Narooma just before the final finish at Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats finish their George Bass. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

The Broulee Bats finish their George Bass. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Broulee support duck. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Broulee support duck. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma crosses the final finish line.Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Narooma crosses the final finish line.Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

EIGHT IN: Narooma all jumping into the boat after the seventh win on the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon. Pictured from the front are Unto Holopainen, Nigel Constable, Glen Wilton, Jae Constable, Johnny Davis, Stuey Croser, Brendan Constable and Rod Patmore (obsured).

EIGHT IN: Narooma all jumping into the boat after the seventh win on the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon. Pictured from the front are Unto Holopainen, Nigel Constable, Glen Wilton, Jae Constable, Johnny Davis, Stuey Croser, Brendan Constable and Rod Patmore (obsured).

EIGHT IN: Narooma all jumping into the boat after the seventh win on the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon. Pictured from the front are Unto Holopainen, Nigel Constable, Glen Wilton, Jae Constable, Johnny Davis, Stuey Croser, Brendan Constable and Rod Patmore (obsured).

EIGHT IN: Narooma all jumping into the boat after the seventh win on the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon. Pictured from the front are Unto Holopainen, Nigel Constable, Glen Wilton, Jae Constable, Johnny Davis, Stuey Croser, Brendan Constable and Rod Patmore (obsured).

Bermagui crosses the finish line on Day 7. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui crosses the finish line on Day 7. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula finishes its race. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Pambula finishes its race. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui ride into Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

Bermagui ride into Pambula. Photo: Stan Gorton, Narooma News

BUTT NAKED: Bull A's row butt naked!

BUTT NAKED: Bull A's row butt naked!

Camp Narooma at the Pambula Beach oval.

Camp Narooma at the Pambula Beach oval.

Camp Narooma at the Pambula Beach oval.

Camp Narooma at the Pambula Beach oval.

CURRY POWER: Support crew including  Graeme Swayer cooks up the secret weapon for the final leg - Michael's at Dalmeny delicious curry!

CURRY POWER: Support crew including Graeme Swayer cooks up the secret weapon for the final leg - Michael's at Dalmeny delicious curry!

The boats put in at Eden on Satuday for the final leg.

The boats put in at Eden on Satuday for the final leg.

Team Narooma poses for a photo before the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon.

Team Narooma poses for a photo before the final leg of the George Bass Surfboat Marathon.

Team Narooma and its Day 6 trophy at the oval at Pambula.

Team Narooma and its Day 6 trophy at the oval at Pambula.

Narooma ski paddler Nick Ziviani finishes at Pambula Beach on Day 6.

Narooma ski paddler Nick Ziviani finishes at Pambula Beach on Day 6.

Team Narooma on stage at the final day presentation.

Team Narooma on stage at the final day presentation.

Narooma sweep Brendan Constable celebrates after another win on Day 6.

Narooma sweep Brendan Constable celebrates after another win on Day 6.

“Our preparation was the key to doing well and I also want to thank the wives, families, community and sponsors for their support over the last couple of months and during the race.”

He also singled out Ray Hirst, Glen McDonald, Billy Wilton, Chris Young, Paul White and Cheryl Constable for setting up the camps and helping during the race, Graeme Sawyer for his help with training, masseuse Jacinta Ryan and also support boat drivers Cameron Rowley and Stan Gorton.

Bensley's Buses Braidwood donated the use of the bus.

Narooma Surf Life Saving Club president Steve Dobson joined the race safety committee and Brendan praised organisers for shortening the changing the courses when the weather was bad.

The Narooma crew now plans to enter surfboat sprint races including the Country Championships in Mollymook later this month, as well as in local carnivals.

“Sprinting is a different kind of racing, so we are going to be on a learning curve,” he said.

Bermagui sweep Rob Shaw also thanked his rowers, supporters and sponsors.

“It was a successful campaign and Bermagui was the only mixed crew,” he said. “The girls did an awesome job racing against the men.”

He also praised the two young rowers Rowan Blake and Luke Kingston, who at age 16 and 17 stepped up with only three months’ notice.

He too said the race organisers did the right thing shortening and reversing the legs to keep the crews safe.

He singled out support boat drivers Dave Rhodes, Reg and Judy LeCompte and Rob Pollock from the Broulee club, as well as the sponsors and parents who helped out during the race.

And Bermagui hopes to back for the next George Bass in two years’ time.

OVERALL RESULTS

The overall results for the Dial Before You Dig George Bass Surf Marathon 2013/14 are as follows:

Ski paddlers -

1. Michael Locke (Bulli) 2. Dean Little (Red Head) 3. Buttel (Wanda) 4. Altman (Torquay) 5. Morton (Stanwell Park) 6. Ziviani (Narooma) 7. Vipond (Mooloolaba) 8. Granger (Pambula) 9. Lenehan (Moruya) 10. King (Lakes Entrance) 11. Kelly (Pambula) 12. Solly (Anglesea) 13. Solly (Anglesea) 14. Mead (Wanda), Ryan (Moruya), Porter (Anglesea), Poland (Nowra Culburra)

Open Men's boats -

1. Bulli (1 point) 2. Moruya Vikings (6 points) 3. Rod's Wollongong City (18 points) 4. Moruya DBYD (19 points) 5. Ken's Wollongong City (26 points)

Men's Vets boats -

1. Narooma (0 points) 2. Northcliffe (11 points) 3. Bulli (17 points) 4. Tathra (17 points) 5. Queenscliff (27 points) 6. Bermagui (35 points) 7. Pambula (40 points)

Open Women's boats -

1. Torquay (1 point) 2. Moruya Met Caloundra (10 points) 3. Broulee Capitals (10 points)

Women's Vets boats -

1. Avalon Beach (5 points) 2. Broulee Bats (9 points) 3. Tathra (14 points) and Anglesea (14 points)

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