The Minnie Water-Wooli surf boat ‘Rob Dog’ was launched and christened on Sunday during the club’s annual volleyball fundraising event. In boat are Matt and Rob McLennan, Nash Callaghan, Ash Benfield and sweep Paul Vaessen.
The Minnie Water-Wooli surf boat ‘Rob Dog’ was launched and christened on Sunday during the club’s annual volleyball fundraising event. In boat are Matt and Rob McLennan, Nash Callaghan, Ash Benfield and sweep Paul Vaessen. DEBRAH NOVAK

Sponsors help Minnie gain big

THE Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club will be able to keep pace with its Clarence Valley rivals with the addition of a new surf boat.

Christened on Sunday at the annual volleyball fundraiser, the 210kg purchase, named ‘Rob Dog’ after long-time rower Rob McLennan, cost $10,000 and brings the number of state-of-the-art boats at the club to two.

Club president Tony Benfield says Minnie Water-Wooli will be able to keep pace with its competitors following the latest addition.

Benfield began at the club rowing an ‘almost embarrassing’ 14-year-old boat and was pleased with the latest upgrade.

“Our club has a number of under-19 members that want to row surf boats because of the fact we have got new boats,” he said.

“It’s not so much the technique of rowing but as boats get older they get a bit tired.

“The new boat is about one year old. Our old boat was six years old.”

There will be no shortage of use for the new boat, with Benfield tipping it to be in action at least four days-a-week, multiple times each day.

The club relied on the help of local organisations – Grafton District Services Club, Vertigo Blue, Arc Attack Engineering, Clarence Coast Motors and Indigilink – to raise funds for the new boat.

An average price tag on a new boat is around $27,000, so the help of local sponsors proved telling.

Having two quality boats allows the club to use one to patrol and train in without taking it on the rugged road trip from Grafton each day.

“We needed to get some money to pick up the difference (in cost between selling the old boat and buying the new one),” Benfield said.

“After selling the old one we knew there was a boat for sale.

“It was great that the sponsors were able to help out.”

All sponsors have been invited to a thank you day at the Grafton Rowing Club at 1pm tomorrow.



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