Macksville-Scotts Head Surf Life Saving Club's annual carnival draws huge numbers

The Macksville-Scotts Head SLSC annual surf carnival was held on November 18 and 19 and featured two rounds of the North Coast Surf Boat Series as well as a Masters Carnival on the Saturday and an open carnival on the Sunday.

Despite some unfavourable weather with a strong north easterly chop on Saturday and passing showers on both days the carnival was a great success.

In the boats, the carnival featured a debut performance in competition rowing by Jason Rolff who teamed up in the reserves crew of David Walshe, Catlin Hockey, Brent Russo and with Warren Whitten from the Minni Water Club capably providing some relief rows.

As usual, the Captain, Keith McKay, performed in the sweep role steering the crew out and back without mishap.

The reserves crew also put together a crew for the Whale Cup where the surf boat is rowed by two women and two men.

The reserves crew were finding their feet in the Saturday’s rowing but by Sunday had trialed a number of combinations to put in a win and some good places to move up the rankings to third.

In the Whale Cup the Macksville-Scotts Head crew ran second.

The 200 year crew of Keith McKay, Ken Laverty, Steve Russo, Michael Coulter and Rick Andrews blitzed the racing on Saturday with five wins from five starts but were brought back to earth on Sunday managing only two wins and a second from five starts in the smoother conditions.

Clearly they do better on a heavier track and will need to adjust their training accordingly.

The Masters carnival on Saturday was attended by over 70 competitors from clubs as far away as North Bondi to Maroochydore.

Individual and team events were hotly competed.

The overall point score kept throughout the competition saw local club Hat Head finish on top of the table.

The Sunday craft carnival saw 50 competitors battle out multiple team relays and events in more favourable conditions.

Thanks to all of the Macksville-Scotts Head Clubbies who helped out in the running of the carnival with a special thanks to Andrew and Penny Moran for all of the patrol and catering responsibilities, David Brunsdon for spending an excessive amount of time on the jet ski performing water safety, Greg and Chris Bell, Dianne Laverty, Ken McKay, the effervescent Darell Perks, Angie Walker, and Anna Walshe.

Thanks to Ray McDonagh from Surf Life Saving Mid North Coast for his support along with the other officials including the Surf Sport team from Branch that made the weekend a great success.