Log in

George Bass News

George Bass Navy

“Navy George Bass Surfboat Marathon

Newsletter No 8 December 07

New Major Sponsor Announced

The Royal Australian Navy have agreed to join with us as the Major Sponsor for the 2007-08 “Navy George Bass Surfboat Marathon”. The committee is delighted to announce this sponsorship and look forward to working closely with our sponsor in providing a great event.

4 Weeks to start:

All’s now in place to make this another enjoyable Bass experience for all those who are joining us on this 15th George Bass Marathon.

The field will range from the very competitive to the enthusiastic which has always been the strength of the Bass. It’s our aim to provide a race catering to all levels of surfboat rower and it’s testament to the success of the race that many crews keep coming back to enjoy the experience.

Initial Briefing:

The initial briefing will be held at the Catalina Country Club, Beach Rd Batehaven starting at 1.30pm Saturday 29 January. This is a must for all crews, support personnel & powerboat drivers. A full folder of information will be supplied to each team at this briefing. This includes all you need to know about camp sites, start times, location maps and generally who’s who in the zoo. You will have an opportunity at this briefing to ask any questions and talk to the people responsible for making the week happen. This is where everyone receives your Bass tee shirts & badges.

1st Camp Site:

On Saturday 29 January you can move into the grounds of Moruya High School. Your access is best off Bergalia St which is the last Street to your right when leaving Moruya driving south. Power, showers & toilet facilities are all available here but don’t forget to bring spare long power leads and distribution boards.

Everything else you need to know about further camp sites will be available at the Initial Briefing at the Catalina Country Club.

Campsites Update:

Camp 1: December 29, 30, 31 & Jan 1 first 2 race legs plus the ability to stay for the 3rd leg into Narooma.  Moruya High School – plenty of space, good shower/toilet facilities available.

Camp 3: Wed Jan 2 Bermagui Reserve – Camp in council reserve with basic toilet facilities, good showers/toilet available short walk from campsite.

Camp 4: Thurs Jan 3 Tathra Country Club good facilities

Camp 5: Frid Jan 4 Eden High School

Camp 6: Jan 5 Eden High School

Rower’s questions about what to wear:

Stay away from seams in pants, vests & gloves. Strapping is your best friend if you are likely to develop a blister. Better to prevent than treat. We have expert medical teams with us but a bloody sore blister is still a bloody sore blister.

Plenty of water and something warm on your backup boat because you will at some stage feel the cold.

New Start Location:

The big change for this years race is that we will be starting at the Clyde River Bridge. This is right in the middle of Batemans Bay township so it will bring new challenges as far as logistics but will provide a massive exposure to the start of the race. Crews are reminded that we will have Television cameras trained on them so take care with the makeup preparation.

Special Rules for River Start:

Starting in the river will require some changes:

- The most significant being that your power boats will not be allowed in the river.

- This will mean that your first crew change can’t happen until somewhere near Snapper Island.

- This will all be clearly spelt out at our first briefing.- The river start will increase the race distance by 15 to 20 minutes.

- Due to this increase male crews will be able to use all 8 rowers for the first leg.

Major Change for Women:

This year the race duration has been increased for the Women’s event. For the first time our Gals will be able to race every day. Please check out the “Race Rules” section for detail but in summary female crews will, be able drop their worst days result. This will mean that you can take a lay day or row every leg and discount your worst result but like every good deal conditions apply so read the fine print.

Share Us...

Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Subscribe to our Mailing List!

Search our Site