One of the Yamba surf boat crews competing at Main Beach, Yamba, last year.
One of the Yamba surf boat crews competing at Main Beach, Yamba, last year.

Sweep of support for boat

IF you’re heading to the afternoon party at the Yamba Bowling Club tomorrow, don’t forget to leave your shoes at home.

The Yamba Surf Life Saving Club boaties are hosting a barefoot bowls party at the club to raise money for a new surf boat.

Bowling starts at 2.30pm, with live music to be played on the green by local musicians Paul Comerford and Rod Imeson.

There will also be a barbecue and beers available and the Yamba boaties are hoping for a big turnout.

The club’s new boat has been ordered and should arrive just in time for the end-of-season competitions, including the national titles at Kurrawa.

YSLSC member and co-ordinator of the surf boat fund-raiser, Mick Smith, said the club hadn’t had a new boat for six years so it should give the club’s top crews a real advantage.

“Over the years we’ve done reasonably well at the titles but I think the new boat will give us the edge to do even better,” Mr Smith said.

But before the new boat arrives, the boaties have a big job ahead of them raising $30,000 to meet the cost.

One of the major fund-raising initiatives the club has come up with is selling the sponsorship rights to the boat.

Mr Smith said the club was trying to sell 60 ‘raffle tickets’ at $500 each to businesses and people in the Clarence.

All of the financial supporters would then be invited to a dinner where the winning sponsor would be drawn from a hat.

The winner would get exclusive naming right of the boat, followed by secondary winners who would get their names on the oars and other equipment.

“We’ve only been running it for a few weeks and we’ve sold 20 but there’s still some way to go,” Mr Smith said.

The YSLSC boaties are competing today at the North Coast Surf Boat premiership at Urunga.

The new boat will give us the edge to do even better.



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