George Bass shark sightings continue

SHARKS have again been causing some concern for paddlers and surf crews during day six of the George Bass Marathon on Friday.

Surf ski leader Michael Locke said he was concerned by shapes he saw which he thought was a large shark.

"I really thought it was a shark, but it turned out it was just three big seals chasing us," Locke said.

Meanwhile, second placegetter in the surf skis division Paul Buttelle said he definitely saw a shark nearby to his ski which caused a bit of a scare.

When asked if he could describe the size of it he said it was "big enough to paddle quickly in the other direction".

"I really only saw the fin on it and that was enough for me to get away from it," Buttelle said.

Crews in surf boats also said they had witnessed more sharks, which was a little nerve wracking for crews while switching places at sea.

Pambula Surf Life Saving club stalwart Jacqui Keogh said it was a common occurence and the crews didn't think about it too much.

"It's really common, you just see them out there and the support boats spot them all the time," Keogh said.

"It is a little bit concerning when you have to swap crew out there, but there are so many other things on your mind that you just don't really think about it," she said.

Today's leg was not the first time sharks have been sighted during this year's George Bass as a shark approached the oar of a surf crew's sweep during Tuesday's racing as well. 

Day six results:

Open men's boats: 1. Bulli, 2. Moruya Vikings, 3. Rod's Wollongong City.

Men's veterans: 1. Narooma, 2. Northcliffe, 3. Bulli, 4. Tathra.

Open women's: 1. Torquay, 2. Moruya Met Caloundra, 3. Broulee Capitals.

Women's veterans: 1. Avalon Beach, 2. Broulee Bats, 3. Tathra.

Ski paddlers: 1. Michael Locke, 2. Paul Buttel, 3. Dean Little.

Overall standings:

Open men's boats: 1. Bulli, 2. Moruya, 3. Moruya DBYD.

Men's veterans: 1. Narooma, 2. Northcliffe, 3. Bulli, 4. Tathra.

Open women's: 1. Torquay, 2. Moruya Met Caloundra, 3. Broulee Capitals.

Women's veterans: 1. Avalon Beach, 2. Broulee Bats, =3. Tathra and Anglesea.

Ski paddlers: 1. Michael Locke, 2. Dean Little, 3. Paul Buttel.

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