March 12 - 18, 2017: Issue 304

2017 NSW Surf Life Saving State Masters Championships At Blacksmiths Beach

Palm Beach SLSC's Fiona Rae, Karen Begg, Annabelle Chapman and Di van Ooi - just a few medals!
The 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships have been run and won over two days at Blacksmiths Beach this week. Newport’s Stuart Meares took out the 55-59 Surf Race, Nick Carroll (Newport) won the Ironman, while Palm Beach SLSC and Warriewood SLS Clubs, even with only small teams, won in the water and on the sand.

Reports, Results and Pictures courtesy of Surf Life saving New South Wales  HERE

Warriewood SLSC's Rustys - State gold medal Surfboat crew - photo courtesy Phill Deer

2017 NSW Surf Life Saving State Opens Championships At Blacksmiths Beach

Newport winning in the water and on the sand: Open Male Beach Sprint Jake Lynch 1st, Blake Drysdale 2nd, Dean Scarff 3rd (Colloroy SLSC).
A full program of Beach Events and a number of team Water Events headlined a scintillating second day of action at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships at Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie on Saturday.

On the back of a dominant day on the sand Newport surged to the overall lead in the club point-score ahead of Manly with Bate Bay clubs Wanda, Cronulla and North Cronulla rounding out the top five.

Over 2,300 of the state’s finest surf life savers have gathered at Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie for their chance to etch their name into the history books as the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships got underway on Friday. The Championships conclude today, Sunday March 12th.

Catch up with what's been happening so far - reports and photos by Surf Life Saving New South Wales HERE

2017 Pittwater Woman Of The Year

The Hon. Rob Stokes and Deborah Carter - AJG Photo.
The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches International Women's Day Breakfast was attended by 210 people this year, including many previous Pittwater Women of the Year. 

Sophie Stokes (representing local Pittwater member Rob Stokes) announced the selection of Deborah Carter as Pittwater Woman of the Year for 2017. Deborah was elected in 2015 President of the Pittwater RSL Sub Branch, the first female to hold this position. Currently the Honorary Welfare & Membership Officer at the Pittwater RSL Sub-branch, Deborah also holds the position of Vice President of Northern Beaches District Sub Branch.

The guest speaker, Superintendent Doreen Cruickshank APM, gave a fascinating talk about growing up in country NSW and joining the police force. Changes to the roles of women in the force in the 45 years Doreen has served have been spectacular. 


Farr 40 2016/17 John Calvert-Jones National Championship - Hosted By Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

F40Nationals 2017 three wins to Angophora on day 1 - Photo by Crosbie Lorimer
Farr 40 2016/17 John Calvert-Jones National Championship March 10-12, 2017 hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron with racing offshore on Saturday and in Sydney Harbour on the Friday and Sunday

Four races into the Farr 40s’ John Calvert-Jones National Championship on Sydney Harbour and an almighty tug-of-war is on between last season’s all-conquering team and the current season front-runner.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Angophora and Martin Hill’s Estate Master are three points apart after the opening day in southerly winds that averaged 17 knots. Angophora posted scores of 1,1,3,1 and Estate Master 2,2,2,3.

“We have a lot of experience on the boat but we’ve only raced together at the states and we weren’t sure how it would come together,” Belgiorno-Nettis said. “Overall I think we made less mistakes and the boat seemed to be fast, thanks largely to my steadfast trimmers Bob Wilmot and Sam Williams who I’ve sailed with for 10 years now.”

Reports by Lisa Ratcliff and photos by Crosbie Lorimer HERE
F40Nationals 2017 big swell on Sydney Harbour  - Photo by Crosbie Lorimer

Autumn In Pittwater 2017

Turimetta Beach Sculptures - photos by Bea Pierce

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