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PAMBULA MASTERS WOMEN TAKE LINE HONOURS IN MARATHON DAY 6

The Pharmacy 777 George Bass Surf Boat and Dial Before You Dig Ski Marathon is drawing to a close with the penultimate leg completed today. 

Pambula Masters women were the first crew to arrive at their home beach completing the 27km leg from Tathra. 

Bulli again took out the Open Men, while North Cronulla took out the Open Women. Wanda took out the Masters Men, fending off fierce competition from Narooma and North Cronulla. 

There was some great racing with Mollymook, competing in their first bass, neck and neck with Long Reef and Coogee in the Men. 

In the Open Women’s Moruya took home second place for the second day in a row with a strong performance. Broulee finished in third while the Broulee Canberra Capitals came through in 4th. 

In the ski race Paul Buttle took out the Open race, while Nick Ziviani and Joe Hasley took out the Double ski. 

All competitors were delighted to hear from Pambula sweep Wanye Kent at today’s presentation and see he is doing well. 

Marathon organiser Andrew Edmunds said all rowers and paddlers were looking forward to the thrilling finish at Eden tomorrow. 

“While the first place getters in each category are sorted we still might see some movement in for second and third depending on the results,” he said. 

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Results Day 6 

Open Men
1st Bulli
2nd Coogee
3rd Long Reef
4th Mollymook
5th Pambula
 
Open Women
1st North Cronulla
2nd Moruya
3rd Broulee
4th Broulee Canberra Capitals
 
Masters Men
1st Wanda 
2nd Narooma
3rd North Cronulla
4th Grange
5th Tathra
6th Broulee Capitals
7th Wollongong City
8th Noosa
9th Pambula
10th Bulli 
11th Warriewood
 
Masters Women 
1st Pambula
2nd Torquay
3rd Darwin
4th Broulee
5th Avalon Beach
 
Ski 
1st Paul Buttle 
2nd John Pattinson
3rd Nick Kirby
4th Gavin Granger
5th Stephen Bunney 
6th Nathan Vipond
7th Dave Schofield 
8th Craig Vipond 
9th Jacqui Keough
10th Warwick Ward
 
Double Ski
1st Nick Ziviani and Joe Hasley
2nd Brendan Cowlend and Tony Ireland.

DAY FOUR - ROWERS SUFFER HYPOTHERMIA IN TOUGHEST DAY YET

GBM Day 4

Day four of the Pharmacy 777 and Dial Before You Dig Ski Marathon has proved to be the toughest day yet on the water.

Competitors in the marathon faced two metre swells as they rowed in to a 26km per hour southerly wind for the 24 kilometre leg from Narooma to Bermagui.

Three competitors of the Broulee Bats Masters Women side were treated for mild hypothermia, while a Avalon Beach rower sustained a knee injury.

Broulee Bats Sweep Justin Zutt said losing a few rowers made for an extremely difficult day in the office.

“We still had around 12 kilometres in the course to go, it was hard enough going with eight rowers but dropping back to six for the back half of the race made it really tough.

“We’ll monitor everyone this afternoon and are hopeful we’ll have them back in the race tomorrow.”

Bulli Open Men have just about locked away the overall win with another strong performance today finishing the race in under 3 hours.

Paul Buttle won the Open  Ski, while Nick Ziviani and Joe Hasley won the Double ski race. Jacqui Keough spent the longest time on the water for the ski competitors paddling for over four hours. Meanwhile paddler Simon Steinhouse has unfortunately had to withdraw from the race due to illness.

In the Masters women Pambula again have remained undefeated as have North Cronulla in the Open Womens.

Marathon organiser Andrew Edmunds said those leading crews are in a almost unbeatable position in the overall pointscore.

“They’d pretty much have to come last every leg from here on out which shows how strong they have been,” he said.

“In the Masters Men category however that race is still wide open, as are the remaining podium places in the other categories.

“It’s really quite close for the other crews vying for a place.”

Mr Edmunds praised the entire fleet for today’s effort.

“It was cold, wet and windy in a very tough and grueling day on the ocean with a number of competitors and crews on the water for more than four hours.

“The competitors did a great job, as did their support boats, water safety and medical team keeping everyone safe.”

Tomorrow’s leg is the longest for the week, a 36 kilometre slog from Bermagui to Tathra.

RESULTS DAY 4 Narooma to Bermagui 24 km

Double Ski
1st Nick Ziviani and Joe Hasley
2nd Brendan Cowled and Tony Ireland
 
Open Ski
1st Paul Buttle
2nd John Pattinson
3rd Nick Kirby
4th Stephen Bunney
5th Gavin Granger
6th David Schofield
7th Nathan Vipond
8th Warwick Ward
9th Craig Vipond
10th Jacqui Keough
 
Masters Women
1st Pambula
2ND Torquay
3rd Darwin
4th Avalon Beach
5th Broulee Bats
 
Open Women
1st North Cronulla
2nd Broulee
3rd Broulee Canberra Capitals
4th Moruya

Masters Men
1st North Cronulla
2nd Wanda
3rd Narooma
4th Tathra
5th Grange
6th Bulli
7th Noosa
8th Broulee Canberra Capitals
9th Pambula
10th Wollongong City
11th Warriewood
 
Open Men
1st Bulli
2nd Coogee
3rd Long Reef
4th Mollymook
5th Pambula

Bulli takes DAY THREE in George Bass Marathon

OPEN WATER: Bulli's Open Men's crew have won three legs in a row, and look set to claim the 2018 George Bass Marathon title.

Bulli and North Cronulla were yesterday leading the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon, both crews dominting through the first three legs. 

The third leg of the race began at Coila Beach, with 13 surf skis and 25 surf boats on the water.

The course took the crews around Potato Point and Dalmeny before pulling into the beach near Narooma Surf Club, a 22 kilometre trek.

The crews were greeted by fantastic rowing conditions, with the only negative a slight south-easterly wind.

That didn’t stop the boats from flying down the coast, however, as the winning time of one hour, 46 minutes, and 45 seconds was more than 15 minutes faster than day two’s 18-kilometre leg.

Narooma’s Masters Men’s sweep Brendan Constable said day three’s leg was important to his crew.

“Hopefully it gives those boys a little extra to come home as quick as we can,” he said. 

“It’s probably one of the most important legs to us, and I think it’ll spur them on a bit.”

Bulli’s Open Men’s crew won on all three days, and had a solid lead in the competition heading into day four.

Crew member Adam Barlow admitted day three’s leg was the toughest so far.

“Today was the big test,” he said yesterday. “We burnt a lot of energy yesterday (Monday).”

“We figured this would be the day that everyone would come out and have a crack at us.

“It took us a little while to shake them, and Long Reef just kept coming at us all day.”

North Cronulla’s Open Women’s crew copied the feats of Bulli, taking home their third successive leg win in a time of 1:53:09.

North Cronulla also entered a Men’s Masters crew in the competition, and spokesperson Steve Swane says the mix helped their preparation.

“We’ve got a good group of blokes and girls who have been training well together,” he said.

“Our men finished fourth today which was a bit of a bummer, but it was one of those off days.

“We’d like a big downhill skid tomorrow; we’d love a big north-easter to come in.”

Pambula’s crews have faced a unique challenge this year, with their sweep  Wayne ‘Superman’ Kent suffering a heart attack after day one.

Crew member Andrew Holt said his crew were fighting hard in spite of the setback.

“Super had trained up one of the new rowers to be a stroke, and I told him he’d be really proud of the way he rowed today,” he said.

“We’ve kept his thongs in the boat, and we’re not going to take them out.

“The whole group will be happy to see some of the people down home. They’re pretty keen to get back down on our turf.”

Barlow believes the key to the rest of the competition is tactics.

“There’s a temptation to keep your best four going and really thrash them, but you can fall apart at the back end,” he said.

Swane echoed these sentiments, and said recovery was also key.

“Whoever can recover the best will do the best tomorrow,” he said.

“Even when you get out of the boat to get in the support boat to recover, you’ve still got to do it right.”

GEORGE BASS MARATHON WRAP DAY TWO

Bulli have gone a step closer to claiming their fourth straight overall win of the Pharmacy 777 George Bass Surf Boat Marathon with a dominant performance on day two.

The Bulli Open Men crew overtook the entire fleet, while North Cronulla enjoyed their second straight victory in the Open Women. Pambula, who are the defending champions in the Masters Women also took out their second straight victory, while North Cronulla also took out the Masters Men.

It was a challenging day, especially for interstate visitors from Darwin who were greeted with a strong southerly wind and 1.5 metre swell which tested the rowers and ski paddlers on the 24 kilometre leg from Moruya Heads to Tuross.

The day started with a memorial for the late Lesley Pheeney and then the crews set off on the leg.

Female Ski paddler Jacqui Keough unfortunately had to withdraw from the race with a broken rudder.

The Ski paddlers in the Dial Before You Dig Ski Marathon were the first to make it to the finish line. Double ski competitors from Narooma Joe Hasley and Nic Ziviani were the first to cross the line. Paul Buttel took out the Open Ski for today’s leg.

The end of the race was a stark contrast to the drama of yesterday. Marathon organiser Andrew Edmunds said crews were relieved to hear the 66 year old male sweep condition is improving in hospital following his suspected heart attack on the finish beach.

“He is currently awaiting surgery and we hope he’ll be out of hospital in a few days,” he said.

“The situation highlighted how everyone participating in this event are surf life savers first and competitors second, with the Pambula crew, Grange competitor, Mollymook competitor and our surf life savers on duty all clicking into action as soon as the emergency situation arose. 

RESULTS DAY 2 Moruya to Tuross Head 24kms

Double Ski

1st Nick Ziviani and Joe Hasley
2nd Brendan Cowled and Tony Ireland

Open Ski

1st Paul Buttle
2nd John Pattinson
3rd Nick Kirby
4th Stephen Bunney
5th Simon Steinhouse
6th Gavin Grander
7th David Schofield
8th Craig Vipond
9th Nathan Vipond
10th Warwick Ward
DNF Jacqui Keough

Masters Women

1st Pambula
2ND Torquay
3rd Avalon Beach
4th Darwin
5th Broulee 

Open Women

1st North Cronulla
2nd Broulee
3rd Moruya
4th Broulee Canberra Capitals

Masters Men
1st North Cronulla
2nd Narooma
3rd Wollongong City
4th Grange
5th Tathra
6th Wanda
7th Noosa
8th Broulee Canberra Capitals
9th Bulli
10th Pambula
11th Warriewood

Open Men
1st Bulli
2nd Coogee
3rd Mollymook
4th Long Reef
5th Pambula

GEORGE BASS MARATHON GETS UNDERWAY - DAY 1

GBM - Day 1

Day one of the Pharmacy 777 George Bass and Dial Before You Dig Ski Marathon has got underway.

Crews departed Batemans Bay just after 9am this morning and battled the first leg of the seven day 190 kilometre race from Batemans to Eden.

Today’s leg was 31 kilometres with boats and skis arriving at Moruya Beach between 12pm and 1pm. Conditions at sea were fantastic for racing.

GBM - Day 1Unfortunately the day ended in drama with the sweep of a crew suffering a suspected cardiac arrest at the completion of the race. The sweep, aged 66 was provided with first aid treatment by the event safety crew and members of the public and received further treatment from NSW Ambulance before being transported to hospital in a serious condition.

Marathon organiser Andrew Edmunds praised the safety team and participants involved.

“They responded very professionally and we certainly hope the member has a speedy recovery,” he said.

The Bass has attracted crews from all over Australia with competitors from Darwin, Noosa, Torquay and Grange in South Australia lining up against some of the strongest crews on the Far South Coast and NSW.

Mollymook from the South Coast entered their first ever marathon.

In the Masters Women Pambula kicked off their title defence well taking out today’s leg, as did three time reigning champions in the open Men Bulli.

North Cronulla dominated the Open Women in the opening leg, while Wanda took out the Masters Men and John Patinson took out the ski race.

Day 2 of the Pharmacy 777 George Bass and Dial Before you Dig Ski marathon gets underway from 9am at Moruya beach. A memorial will be held for the late Lesley Pheeney at 8:45am

RESULTS DAY 1 Batemans Bay to Moruya 31km.
 
Masters Women
First  Pambula
Second Broulee
Third Darwin
Fourth Torquay
Fifth Avalon Beach
 
Open Women
First North Cronulla
Second Broulee
Third Broulee/Canberra Capitals
Fourth Moruya
 
Open Men
First Bulli
Second Coogee
Third Long Reef
Fourth Mollymook
Fifth Pambula
 
Masters Men
First Wanda
Second North Cronulla
Third Tathra
Fourth Narooma
Fifth Wolongong City
Sixth Pambula
Seventh Builli
Eighth Noosa
Ninth Broulee Canberra Captials (ACT)
Tenth Grange
11th Warriewood
 
Skis
First John Pattinson
Second Paul Buttle
Third Nick Kirby
Fourth Simon Steinhouse
Fifth Warrick Ward
Sixth Stephen Bunney
Seventh Gavin Granger
Eigth Craig Vipond
Ninth Dave Schofield
10th Nathan Vipond
11th Jacqui Keoughs
 
Double Skis
1st Nick Ziviani and Joe Hasley
2nd Brendan Cowled and Tony Island.
 
 

Pharmacy 777 Announced as Major Sponsor of the 2018 George Bass Surf Boat Marathon

3 George Bass participants from the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club - Geoff Wilson, John Leivers and Peter Waey.  (Geoff is in black cap, John in white cap and Peter no cap)The George Bass Surf Boat Marathon committee are pleased to announce a brand new naming rights sponsorship for the George Bass Marathon, West Australian based pharmacy group - Pharmacy 777.

The George Bass Marathon is held biennially from Batemans Bay to Eden, a 190 kilometre race made up of seven legs over seven days.

Pharmacy 777’s vision is to enhance the quality of life within the community, with a team of pharmacists offering a professional and caring approach to complete healthcare. Their focus is to ensure patient and health care needs are met in collaboration with the wider health care network and local community organisations.

Pharmacy 777 Managing Director Kim Brotherson said partnering with Surf Life Saving and the George Bass Marathon made perfect sense.

“Surf Life Saving is all about saving lives and creating healthy Australians by encouraging physical activity and participation in sport,” he said.

“The George Bass Marathon is the pinnacle of fitness and endurance for Surf Boat Rowing and has a proud history of attracting the very best competitors from all over Australia.

“We’re very proud to be involved with the event and believe the synergies with healthy and active lifestyles and our approach to supporting the community go hand in hand.”

Mr Brotherson said while Pharmacy 777 is currently located in Western and South Australia, the company were looking to expand to the East Coast of Australia in coming months.

“We’re excited to have launched our national Pharmacy 777 Independent Community Pharmacy Network model dedicated to serving the community. We are ready and interested in talking to Pharmacists who share a similar vision, have spirit for innovation and live with passion for making a difference in our patient’s life,” says Mr Brotherson.

Being part of the Pharmacy 777 Community requires strong leadership, shared values and dedication to service. Building and empowering a team of quality people, who share our values and resonate with our vision, is the optimal foundation for our future.

Marathon organiser Andrew Edmunds welcomed Pharmacy 777 announcement and looked forward to their involvement.

“Without the support of sponsors, volunteers, community and local councils the event would cease to exist, so we thank them for all their ongoing contributions and support.

“The Pharmacy 777 George Bass Marathon is the world’s longest and toughest endurance surf boat and ski race,” he said.

“This year is shaping up to be one of the largest in the 42 year history of the event.”

Pharmacy 777

At a Glance – Pharmacy 777 George Bass Marathon
• Day 1 31/12/2017 Batemans Bay to Moruya
• Day 2 1/01/2018 Moruya to Tuross
• Day 3 2/1/2018 Tuross to Narooma
• Day 4 3/1/2018 Narooma to Bermagui
• Day 5 4/1/2018 Bermagui to Tathra
• Day 6 5/1/2018 Tathra to Pambula
• Day 7 6/1/2018 Merimbula to Eden

Crews entered:
Open Men
Bulli, NSW
Coogee, NSW
Long Reef, NSW
Mollymook, NSW
Pambula, NSW
Reigning champions – Bulli NSW

Open Women
Broulee, NSW
Broulee Canberra Capitals, ACT/NSW
Moruya, NSW
North Cronulla, NSW
Torquay, VIC
Reigning champions Moruya/Long Reef NSW

Masters Men
Broulee Canberra Capitals, ACT/NSW
Bulli, NSW
Grange, SA
Narooma, NSW
Noosa, QLD
North Cronulla, NSW
Pambula, NSW
Tathra, NSW
Wanda, NSW
Warriewood, NSW
Wollongong City, NSW
Reigning Champions, Narooma NSW
Masters Women
Darwin, NT
Pambula, NSW
Broulee, NSW
Avalon Beach, NSW
Reigning Champions Pambula NSW

Dial Before You Dig Ski Marathon
Gavin Granger, Pambula SLSC, NSW
Nathan Vipond, Maroochydore SLSC, QLD
Paul Buttel, Wanda SLSC, NSW
Stephen Bunney, Bermagui SLSC, NSW
John Patison, Austinmer SLSC, NSW
Josie Pike, Metropolitan Caloundra SLSC, QLD
David Schofield, Shoalhaven Heads SLSC, NSW
Nicholas Kirby, North Cronulla SLSC, NSW
Craig Vipond, Maroochydore SLSC QLD
Nick Ziviani, Narooma SLSC, NSW
Brendan Cowled, Mollymook SLSC, NSW
Joseph Hasley, Narooma SLSC, NSW
Anthony Ireland, Mollymook SLSC, NSW
Reigning Champion Stew O’Regan

Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT Announced as Major Sponsor of the 2018 George Bass Boat Marathon

Dial Before You DigThe George Bass Surf Boat Marathon committee are pleased to announce long-time supporter Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT are back on board as major sponsors of the 2018 George Bass Surf Boat Marathon and naming rights sponsor for the Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT George Bass Ski Marathon.

The George Bass Marathon is held biennially from Batemans Bay to Eden, a 190 kilometre race made up of seven legs over seven days.

Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT State Manager Dominic Puiu said he was pleased to announce their support of the iconic race.

“The marathon is the world’s longest and toughest surf boat and ski marathon and is unlike any other endurance race,” he said.

“DBYD NSW/ACT has partnered with surf life saving over many years and are proud to be continuing our involvement.

Marathon organiser Andrew Edmunds welcomed DBYD NSW/ACT’s announcement of their ongoing involvement.

“They’ve been like family for the Bass for many years, especially the Dial Before You Dig Ski Marathon,” he said.

“Without the support of sponsors, volunteers, community and local councils the event would cease to exist, so we thank them for all their ongoing contributions and support.

Mr Edmunds said planning was well underway to make the surfboat and ski marathon, in its 20th race, one of the biggest ever with crews from NSW, ACT, QLD VIC and possibly SA and the NT expecting to take part.

“Sue Hunt and the committee have been doing a fabulous job generating interest in the event with a large number of crews expressing interest and our early bird entries closing in September.”

A naming right sponsor for the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon is expected to be announced in September.

The 2017/18 Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT Ski Marathon and George Bass Surf Boat Marathon will be held on the following dates:

  • Day 1 31/12/2017 Batemans Bay to Moruya
  • Day 2 1/01/2018 Moruya to Tuross
  • Day 3 2/1/2018 Tuross to Narooma
  • Day 4 3/1/2018 Narooma to Bermagui
  • Day 5 4/1/2018 Bermagui to Tathra
  • Day 6 5/1/2018 Tathra to Pambula
  • Day 7 6/1/2018 Merimbula to Eden
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