As training for the George Bass Surfboat Marathon heads into its final full-on weeks, Tathra crews received a welcome boost.
Bega Rotary and the Tathra Lions have donated a new rowing machine each to the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, for use by all club members - although the rowing crews will certainly make good use of them.
Margaret Taylor and Charlie Bloomfield of Bega Rotary were on hand to make the presentation on Sunday as the Tathra men's and women's veterans crews pulled back into shore.
Ms Taylor said their rowing machine was purchased through proceeds from the regular Rotary book fair and adds to eight surfboards Bega Rotary donated to the Tathra surf club last year.
"We love what the club does," she said.
"We're really excited to be partnering with such a worthwhile organisation that covers so many positive outcomes in the community."
Scott Meaker from the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club said everyone was very appreciative of the donations from the Rotary and Lions groups.
"Now with four rowing machines we can train as a crew together - that makes a massive difference, getting timing and technique in sync," he said.
"They will be getting lots of use. It's good for the club as a whole, not just our rowers."
The George Bass Surfboat Marathon is taking place from December 29 and will run through until January 4.
Teams make their way south from Batemans Bay to Eden across seven stages of competition with Bermagui to Tathra the biggest of the journey - covering 35km.