Craft com­peti­tors up for chal­lenge

Albany Extra - - Sport - Cameron New­bold

Strong fields have again nom­i­nated for the 2018 Al­bany Surf Craft Chal­lenge, con­sist­ing of a surf boat and ski race that be­gins in Princess Royal Har­bour on Sun­day morn­ing.

More than 20 surf boats and 20 skis have al­ready en­tered the an­nual 13km race that starts in Princess Royal Har­bour and fin­ishes in front of Al­bany Surf Life Sav­ing Club at Mid­dle­ton Beach.

Al­bany will have one men’s boat crew and three women’s boat crews, while Den­mark is also join­ing the event, with a pos­si­bil­ity of two boats tak­ing part.

Sev­eral strong metropoli­tan clubs will com­pete at the event, with North Cottes­loe chas­ing more suc­cess in the men’s open divi­sion, while City Beach claimed the open women’s ti­tle in 2017.

Regis­tra­tions are still open for the surf boat and ski races and close on­line at 4pm to­mor­row.

A 2km beach run will also be held as part of the event, with en­try $5 a per­son and regis­tra­tions taken on the day. ASLSC pres­i­dent Rob Ma­son said en­try num­bers were strong across the board.

“We have 26 boats registered and 23 skis,” Ma­son said yes­ter­day.

“We will prob­a­bly end up with a sim­i­lar amount to last year, around the 150 in­di­vid­ual peo­ple mark.”

The surf ski race starts at 8.30am and the surf boats shortly af­ter.

The beach run is set for 11am.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Nick Walker, Alex Wells and Ja­son Bre­sanello are look­ing for­ward to the Al­bany Surf Craft Chal­lenge on Sun­day.

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