Batemans Bay crews excel at Aussie Open

BATEMANS Bay returned home from the Australian Surf Rowers Open with a gold medal and a bronze medal after the masters women’s and open men’s crews both excelled at Stockton.

The women’s 160 masters crew of Tracy Innes, Barb Van Luin, Danielle Herron and Karen Gleeson took out the gold medal for the third year running, while Neil Innes’ open men’s crew claimed third in a thrilling final.

A three to four-foot swell with an outgoing tide tested competitors when they had to cross a challenging offshore sand bank 100 metres from the starting line on the third and final day of competition.

“It was our third win in a row, which is really great so we’re just thrilled,” Tracy Innes said.

Meanwhile, the colts men’s crew won the NSW Open title at Manly Beach last weekend.

Notable Australian Open results:

Open men’s

First - Bulli Gold

Second - Palm Beach Pirates

Third - Batemans Bay A

Fourth - North Cronulla Gold

Fifth - Currumbin Huscals

Open women’s

First - Tugun Hunters

Second - Jan Juc Black Mumbas

Third - Elouera Wilko

Fourth - Kurrawa Krankitz

Fifth - Bilgola Black

Sixth - Helensburgh Stanwell Park

Seventh - Moruya Vikings

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