IT WAS a day of four fifths and a ninth for Yamba Surf Life Saving Club members at the 12th annual Coolangatta Gold, which started and finished at Coolangatta on Sunday.
Club captain Joe Dougherty was fifth in the 30-39 years 45km race in a time of 4 hours 33 minutes and the "Yamba Oldies" Abe Dougherty, Regan Allard, Peter Rheinberger and Rob Imeson placed fifth in the 45km open mixed relay in 4hr 49min.
The "Yamba Boiz" Kealy Day, Jake Pitkin, James Brodin and Noah Hodgson were fifth in the under-19 32km relay in 3hr 46min and Tasmanian Don Marsh was fifth in the over-50 32km in 3hr 50min. Paul Cromack was ninth in the 30-39 years 45km in a time of 4hr 43min.
Ali Day, from Mooloolaba SLSC on the Sunshine Coast, won the open male event in 3hr 47min from clubmates Alex Tibbits and Josh Minogue.
The open female 32km was dominated by former NSW North Coast stars, with Brodie Muir (former Lennox Head and Byron Bay, now North Burleigh) first in 2hr 58min and the Hancock sisters (former Sawtell, now Northcliffe) Courtney second and Bonnie third. The three women were also members of the NSW North Coast Academy of Sport.
There were 29 starters and a win for a delighted Jane Lawrence (off go) from Sophie Watson (go) and Scott Greensill (50 seconds) in the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club Carl Schaeffer Memorial Handicap Surf Race at Main Beach on Sunday.
Jane and Sophie are unlikely to be off go next start and Scott, who is showing the benefit of his swim training, could also cop a time penalty from the handicapper.
The beach was also a sea of black and gold and some green caps as the nippers continued their proficiencies and more returning and new nippers joined in the fun and games program.
With proficiencies complete the nippers begin their usual training and skill programs on Sunday, with sign-on at 9am, start at 9.15am and the first of the new season nipper-of-the-week awards.
Parents and helpers are reminded that it works well when we have plenty of volunteers to help down at the beach and at the barbecue (the under-8 parents are rostered for the barbecue on Sunday).
Andrew Morris (0432 809 784) and Rob Imeson (0428 462 526) have board and ocean swim sessions through the week for under-8 and older age groups.
Final parent with nippers (must be no younger than five years old) registrations will be taken at the club on Sunday before 10am, at the club office on Friday from 9am-noon and at Elders Real Estate Real Estate, Coldstream St, Yamba, up to 1pm on Saturday.
Later registrations can be made at www.lifesavingonline.com.au.
The Yamba SLSC nippers thank their sponsors for their support and encouragement during the 2012-13 season.
The 2012-13 nipper sponsors are All Terrain Access Scaffold & Edge Protection, Fairways Restaurant @ Yamba Golf & Country Club, Jim's Mowing, LJ Hooker Yamba, Lower Clarence Funerals, Maclean Motors, Tony McFarlane Builder, Yamba Florist, Yamba Physiotherapy, Signcraft, Maclean Variety Meats and Melay Independent Floors.
All club information, including membership forms, is available on the website at www.yambaslsc.com.au.
The Yamba SLSC main club sponsors for the 2012-13 season are: Gold - Elders Real Estate Yamba, Clarence Valley Council; Silver - Westlawn Finance, Yamba Shores Tavern, MasoniCare, North Coast Heavy Towing; Bronze - All Terrain Access, Clarence Valley Review, Maclean Variety Meats, Belinda's Store, Nortec, The Daily Examiner, Yamba Lions, Yamba Rotary and Coastal Views.
Yamba SLSC education director/chief training officer Kim Morgans has an ARTC course on November 17, and a likely spinal management course before Christmas.