Last weekend saw a flurry of carnivals, beginning with a twlight beach carnival at Seacliff and culminating in Senior and Boat carnivals on Sunday.
Competitors Zach, Skye, Alex, Maddie, Ryan, Jai, Toni-Anne, Cayden, and Piper, were met with very cold and windy conditions at Seacliff. Coach Dave Palmer pitted the U14s against U15s and the Port Elliot kids found the going tough, except Skye who won her two rounds. They fared better in the relay to make the final and came in sixth.
Dave Palmer contested the Master Sprints coming in 2nd overall and backed it up with a 5th in Open Flags. A big mention is the U/17’s age group with Jai Smart and Toni-Ann Pearce in beach events and Jack Read taking the opportunity to put his training into action finishing 12th out of 20 in his first hit out in the skis.
Sunday in the boat area Port Elliot had four crews representing the Flying Fish and Port Elliot. U/23 Women’s - ‘Socks and Thongs’- Swept by Steve Tummel, Maddie Turley, Anara Watson, Willow McFarland and Tia Mckintosh rowed undefeated for the day.
The Good Ol Boys also swept by Steve Tummel, with new to the crew Eric Sheridan in another comeback. Michael Lippett, Alan Reynolds and Mark ‘Funky ‘Williams rowed strong all day in the reserve grade and as a Masters 240 crew, making the final in Masters, and creditable 5th in Reserve grade.
The Open Woman Chill Factor -Swept by Chris Tascott and new first time rower in Cherysse Fancsali with Tara-lee Irvin, Melissa Rebbeck and Kayla Koop represented in the open division and finished in 5th position.
The Open Men Port Elliot Meat Tray - swept by Troy Irvin featuring comeback rower Barnaby French, joined Michael Forbes, Garth Reynolds and Trent Marles finished 3rd.
The U/23 girls, Open women and Masters men are all focusing on the upcoming World Titles at Glenelg in three weeks.
Also at Seacliff on Sunday, the Youth Division had their first hit out. Approximately a dozen competitors enjoyed the great environment on the beach.
This was the first Open water carnival for most of the Under 14s and while there was a little sitting back to watch and learn they all threw down some good efforts.
Putting a swim team in the water is a great tribute to their give it a go attitude because it was outside their comfort zone. Just about all of them took to the board events and win, lose or draw, they all meant business and were having a blast.
U15s showed the way with bold efforts in the Ironman from Jobe Hendricks and Georgina Tenny. Ryan Pearce put in a personal best and Cayden Byerlee always gives it everything. They set a great example to the Under 14s.