TALENT ON DISPLAY: Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club surf boat crews contested round one of the Queensland Cup recently at Coolum Beach.
TALENT ON DISPLAY: Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club surf boat crews contested round one of the Queensland Cup recently at Coolum Beach. Contributed

Risk will determine Tannum club's strategy at Queensland Cup

BIG surf and high winds threatening to disrupt the running of Queensland Cup Surf Boat Series may keep some Tannum Sands crews from competing this weekend, depending on the risk involved.

Sweep Phil Massingham is confident all of the experienced crews will be fine in the conditions, while being cautious when throwing in the more green rowers.

"We will make decisions of risk assessment and control options," Massingham said.

"Conditions will dictate what happens down there and what race plans are.

"It won't worry the experienced crews, but we have a couple of newer crews that might not get to race if it is too wild."

A big event for both the new and campaigned crews, the Queensland Cup may find itself starting at Mooloolaba rather than Coolum if the conditions are tough.

Less brutal swell would make the round a safer option.

"With the big swell and high winds it might be moved," Massingham said.

"At this stage, we have got eight crews going.

"Roughly half of my crews, and the others with Tony (Davis) as sweep."

Whether or not all eight crews are able to take part remains to be seen.

Decisions could be made on the day.

With the conditions in mind, Massingham predicts a very vigilant approach to competition.

He is not expecting too much from any crew.

"Tony's juniors I am expecting to come out on top," he said.

"My A-grade will put in a good performance.

"The new ones though would be good to go out and have a go. So the expectation is vastly different."

Tannum Sands has already had a lot of success this season with three crews selected to represent Queensland.



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