The race that almost didn’t happen was decided by a matter of seconds on Sunday when Bulli took out the George Bass Marathon.
The club had a two minute lead heading into the final leg, but eager fans at the finish line spotted the Moruya boat crossing the line first.
If you didn’t have a stopwatch handy, you would have handed the prize to the Moruya club.
However, Bulli didn’t count themselves out and paddled hard to finish just one minute and 50 seconds behind, taking a miniscule lead at the line to claim the win.
Race director Andrew Edmunds said it was an impressive title defence from the Bulli club.
“Bulli have gone back to back and had a strong marathon; taking out three legs, winning the Nick Dixon Trophy and the Curly Annabel Trophy,” he said.
Moruya was awarded second on a count-back from Coogee after and extremely tight tussle for points.
Edmunds also commended the strong Narooma masters outfit who retained their title.
Meanwhile, the Pambula masters women proved a dominant force in the race to win all but one leg of the seven-day feature.
Pambula was the first and only club to enter an under 23s team.
Known as “The Ladz”, the Pambula squad featured two pairs of brothers with the Love and Dickinson combinations, while two rowers from Tathra joined the ranks.
Organisers commended the squad, who were all under the age of 21 and the group were quick to thank experienced sweep Stuart Manson, who guided the crew along the trip.
Manson said the crew had been “rowing better with each passing day” and the future bode extremely well for his young crew.
Results Day 7
6th Ed Gwynne 2 hours 27 minutes 08 seconds
5th Chris Ryan 2 hours 11 minutes 55 seconds
4th Andrew Stone 2 hours 3 minutes 40 seconds
3rd Craig Vipond 2 hours 1 minute 30 seconds
2nd Nick Ziviani 1 hour 54 minutes 26 seconds
1st Stew O’Regan 1 hours 53 minutes 03 seconds
4th Anglesea 2 hours 32 minutes 56 seconds
3rd Broulee Bats 2 hours 16 minutes 49 seconds
2nd Warriewood 2 hours 16 minutes 24 seconds
1st Pambula 2 hours 9 minutes 52 seconds
3rd Wollongong City 2 hours 14 minutes 53 seconds
2nd Broulee Capitals 2 hours 11 minutes 7 seconds
1st Moruya/Long Reef 2 hours 7 minutes 34 seconds
7th Pambula/Tathra Juniors 2 hours 21 minutesd 56 seconds
6th Bulli 2 hours 7 minutes, 08 seconds
5th Yeppoon 2 hours 11 seconds
4th Tallebudgera 1 hours 59 minutes 18 seconds
3rd Tathra 1 horus 58 minutes 10 seconds
2nd Narooma 1 hour 58 minutes 7 seconds
1st North Cronulla 1 hour 57 minutes 22 seconds
5TH Pambula 2 hours 3 minutes 44 seconds
4th Long Reef 2 hours 5 seconds
3rd Bulli 1 hour 57 minutes 57 seconds
2nd Coogee 1 hour 56 minutes 36 seconds
1st Moruya Vikings 1 hour 56 minutes 11 seconds