Dunn?s surf boat efforts impress
THE EFFORTS of Regen Dunn were the highlight of a mixed weekend for all the Tannum Surf Lifesaving Club surf boats in the Queensland Cup at Coolum Beach.
As reported in yesterday's The Observer, the talented Tannum Turbos under-21 crew had a topsyturvy weekend.
Unfortunately it was a similar story for the rest of the Tannum crews, but Dunn shone out like a beacon individually.
After the Turbos' dramas, Dunn was drafted to replace an injured Cameron Chynoweth and helped them win their event, while also starring for Tannum's top reserve grade crew.
The team of sweep Tony Davis, Dunn, Brett Rowe, Paul Kelly and Murray Stacey dominated in the heats before bowing out at the quarter-final stage.
But it wasn't all bad news, with Davis saying his crew were stiff to be hit by a bad wave.
'We were a bit unlucky with that wave which cost us a chance of going through,' Davis said.
'But our boat speed was truly amazing right throughout, I was rapt with how we went as were a number of our rivals, who said we had the best boat speed of anybody.'
The Sharks reserve grade crew of sweep Doug Grimwood, Angelo Paolatto, Adam Treaner, Tim Madden and Ken Pollock had their share of hassles, but performed well.
After the Turbos' boat was ruled out, they shared their boats with the Sharks, which resulted in key adjustments to their boat and oars between each race.
Even so, the Sharks still were able to score a number of second and third placings, a credit to the team under the circumstances.
Meanwhile, the women's crew of Mel Frost, Leisa Lowe, Angela Mills and Helen Sherwood, with Davis as sweep, were unable to race due to rough conditions on Sunday.
It was a massive blow for the crew, who were set to compete in only their second carnival.