With big crowds and beaches packed with tourists it has, for our community, been a bumper season; and happy to relate for our lifeguards and lifesavers major incidents were at a minimum.
“Compared to last season lifeguard rescues and incidents were at a minimum,” Noosa Senior Lifeguard Isaac Smith said. “Christmas and new year of last year, we were hit with those big easterly swells and as a result there were many rescues.
“However the majority of rescues this year were between the two rock walls on the Western Beach and also at the cutting on North Shore.
“With regard to the National Park area our major concern would have to be the Ferry Pools. We were called to several incidents there and just two weeks ago the Noosa lifesavers had a big rescue at the pools. Also there were many cases of severe lacerations in the Park.
“We would like our visitors to be careful of the Pools area, as a lot have been caught by waves breaking over them and as a result many people have received bad lacerations and fractures.
“As a matter of fact the rescue performed by the Noosa clubbies required the Medevac Helicopter to be called in; so please don’t play around the Fairy Pools as it does not have to be a big surf to cause trouble.”
Twin boat wins
Last weekend for the Noosa boat section was indeed a good one when two crews came home their respective carnivals as winner.
The first occurred on Saturday when the Noosa Under 19 girls crew (the Drongos) came home having won their division of the Maroochydore Murphy Builders, Annual Surf Carnival and on Sunday another Under 19 girls crew, known as the Kookaburras, returned from Mooloolaba having won their division.
As this carnival was a state selection trial, their win saw them gain selection to represent the state: the crew consisted of Maya Walsh, Mackenzie Jackson, Chenoa Scott, and Cassandra Rosenkranz.
Lana wins again
In other events at the Murphy Builders Carnival, Lana Rogers continued her winning streak by take out the Ironwoman event and the ladies Taplin Rely finished in third place. In beach flag events Under 17 male Kai Thompson, and female, Amy Kibble both took first place as did the open beach mens relay.
Speaking of the boat section Boat Captain Anthony Fox said: “These were good results for it shows we are headed in the right direction: also it helps us to uphold the club’s 71-year tradition in boat competition.
“Our next big event will be the Australian Surf Rowers League Carnival which will be held at Moolymook in February. This will have an estimated 300 crews in attendance: the biggest boat carnival of the year, now considered by many to be the unofficial surf boat championship of Australia.
“Noosa will have some 40 members in attendance. Our three boat sweeps, Mick Gardner, David Tomba and Stewart Cooper have been getting great results’ so we hope it keeps up.”
“However for Noosa the most important thing is that it will give us the opportunity to publically thank the Mollymook club for the help they extended our boat people (when they became stranded by the recent fires) while trying to get home from the George Bass Marathon.”
At the recent First Aid Branch Championships Noosa again, under coach Lenore Grice, continued on their winning ways by winning all divisions: the open, Under 19, Under 17 and Under 15. For them their next carnival will be the State Championships 15-16, February.
Next week we talk with Sunshine Beach coaches regarding their competition program. For the season ahead; we wish them well.