The Red Beach Sirens crew took out the open women’s division at the recent opening round of the NZ Surf Boat Series.
In the flat conditions of Lyall Bay, the crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew and sweep Shane O’Halloran were dominant in snaring five wins from five starts.
The weekend’s contest also doubled as the first selection event for the New Zealand and New Zealand Development crews. Those selected will compete against Australian crews in the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge at Waihi in February.
The Red Beach Pirates placed second on overall points in the U23 men’s division. The club also had two other crews at Lyall Bay. The Boomers competed in the open men’s division which attracted 17 crews. And the Red Beach Bangers had their first competitive outing in the open women’s division which drew 12 crews.
Next up in the series is the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on January 2.