The field packs Convent Beach for the annual Convent to Main Beach Swim in 2004.
The field packs Convent Beach for the annual Convent to Main Beach Swim in 2004.

Iconic surf race set for record

By TONY WHITE

ORGANISER Barry Cribb's phone has been awash with inquiries for this year's Convent to Main Beach Classic swim.

And a little under two weeks before the 18th running of the popular event on Tuesday, December 27, Cribb is predicting a record number of competitors.

The event has become an icon on the annual surf calendar attracting swimmers throughout NSW and Queensland and even Victoria.

"I've had more calls from people wanting to enter than at any previous time," the 78year-old Yamba Surf Life Saving Club stalwart said.

"They are coming from everywhere.

"I'm pretty confident we will have record numbers."

In 2003 there were 242 swimmers in the 1.2km handicap event and last year that number swelled to 296.

Cribb said an TV, radio and print advertising campaign would swing into action soon which he hoped would boost entrants.

"The way things are going I'm tipping between 300 to 400 swimmers," Cribb added.

Under the auspices of the YSLSC, whose members act as safety personnel throughout the course, the Convent to Main Beach swim is the first in a trifecta of North Coast swim classic's.

The annual Coffs Harbour swim will take place on February 26 and a month later, March 26, the third leg is conducted at South West Rocks.

"Anyone entering all three events will be eligible for a random draw with the winner receiving a valuable accommodation holiday package," Cribb said.

Inquiries for the Convent to Main can be directed to Cribb at the YSLSC on 66462462.



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