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Navy George Bass Marathon - Results Day 1

Navy George Bass Marathon - Start Day 1The Navy George Bass Surf Boat Marathon has kicked off with a flying start in Batemans Bay on Sunday morning.

More than 1500 people crowded jetties, the bridge and shoreline to watch the 15th George Bass Marathon kick off.

This year’s marathon is set to make history, with men and women crews competing in every single leg of the 180km event.

Female competitors from North Steyne, Woolamai, Moruya, Canberra, Broulee, Woolamai/Bilgola, Bermagui took to the water in the first leg from Batemans Bay to Moruya.

There was some very close racing in the open men’s division with crews from Tathra, Narooma, Pambula, Canberra, Bulli, Burnie (Tasmania), Port Kembla, Broulee, North Steyne, Batemans Bay and Moruya battling it out.

Race director Bert Hunt said the first day was full of highlights and showcased some excellent racing.

"It was very competitive in the open men’s, Burni from Tasmania held the lead to the end of the river mouth before being overtaken by the Canberra Vikings," he said.

"The Vikings held on to the lead for much of the race until one of their oars broke."

"They were then overtaken by Batemans Bay who battled out with North Steyne to take out the first leg."

"It was very competitive and great to see."

Navy George Bass MarathonThe Royal Australian Navy came on board as major sponsors of this year’s race, and feel there is a very close connection to the marathon and the navy according to Rod Harrod, Director Personnel.

"This is a very positive relationship between both organisations," he said.

"What the George Bass stands for is very special to us, George Bass and his crew of naval officers sailed the coast of Australia in a whaling boat in 1798 and we are quite proud to be involved in an event in his memory," he said.

"George Bass would have sailed the coastline at around the same time of year as the marathon, both surf life saving and the navy have fit young men and women and have a big emphasis on team work so it is quite fitting that we get involved."

Mr Harrod said he was very pleased with the launch.

Navy George Bass Marathon"It was just outstanding and fantastic to se so many people involved and come along to witness the spectacle."

"These sort of things don’t just happen and without the solid teamwork involved it wouldn’t have gotten off the ground."

He said he looking forward to seeing how the week’s racing unfolds.

Racing continues tomorrow with the Moruya to Tuross sprint leg of 19 kilometres. First race leaves at 9am from the Moruya Surf Club.

To watch the marathon live visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/navy/georgebass.

Navy George Bass Surf Boat Marathon 2007-08

Day One - Batemans Bay to Moruya - 27 kilometres

All winning times on day one are new race records.

Open Men
First Batemans Bay 2 hours 20 minutes 44 seconds
Second Burnie 2 hours 22 minutes 21 seconds
Third Bulli 2 hours 22 minutes 55 seconds
Fourth Canberra Vikings 2hours 23 minutes 20 seconds
Fifth Broulee 2 hours 23 minutes 36 seconds

Veteran Men’s
First North Steyne 2 hours 29 minutes 32 seconds
Second Bulli 2 hours 32 minutes 45 seconds
Third Tathra 2 hours 37 minutes 04 seconds
Fourth Narooma 2 hours 38 minutes 38 seconds
Fifth Pambula 2 hours 43 minutes 13 seconds
Sixth Port Kembla 2 hours 57 minutes 52 seconds

Open Women’s
First Woolamai 2 hours 39 minutes 19 seconds
Second Moruya Vikings 2 hours 40 minutes 10 seconds
Third Bermagui 2 hours 47 minutes 12 seconds
Fourth Moruya 2 hours 51 minutes 12 seconds
Fifth Broulee 2 hours 53 minutes 39 seconds
Sixth North Steyne 3 hours 14 minutes 39 seconds

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