Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club sent an ominous warning to its rivals after dominating the Club to Pub surfboat race on Saturday.
The club entered two men’s and two women’s crews in the Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club (PSLSC) hosted event.
In perfect rowing conditions, Tathra’s men’s open crew completed the 10 kilometre journey in just under 55 minutes, claiming line honours from Narooma.
The women’s A crew won its first gold medal after taking out the veteran ladies category, and in doing so finished third overall.
Tathra’s men’s B crew came second in the veterans category, while the women’s B crew finished third in the veterans.
Tathra surfboat captain Sharon Clarke said the club was going through a resurgence.
“It was a great day and conditions for rowing were perfect,” she said.
“The club has had a resurgence in the number of members who have become involved in rowing.
“All rowers are trained volunteer lifesavers who undergo their bronze training and then undertake proficiencies each year to enable them to continue their lifesaving duties.
“The club has been amazed at the number of patrollers who are keen to take up rowing as well. It is a great team event. All crews did a great job at the weekend.”
The Club to Pub race was resurrected in 2012 by PSLSC boat captain Chris Briggs after a nine-year hiatus.
Clarke said the race was ideal preparation for the upcoming surfboat season.
“Clubs usually have to travel up to Sydney to get some competition,” she said.
“Training is one thing, but a race against your Far South Coast peers is a great way to see how that training is paying off. I think all clubs who participated had a good time.
“We hope that Pambula will put the event on again next year, and Tathra is thinking of doing something similar as an annual event.”
The Tathra crews will be heading to Sydney over the next two weekends to take part in the Roosters Run on Georges River, and the Bondi to Watson Bay Ocean Race.
In other events on Saturday, Narooma’s Nick Ziv won the men’s surf ski event, while Pambula’s Kym O’Halloran won the women’s leg.