Tannum claims State gold

TANNUM Sands under-21 men's boat crew sweep Tony Davis is steering towards more titles after his crew won the Queensland title at North Burleigh yesterday.

Racing in small swell, Davis combined with Shannon Chynoweth, Joel Sherwood, Jason Bedford and Matt Bellert to win by four lengths from their arch rivals, Maroochydore.

Tannum had to work for their win after going under water ear- ly in the race to fall about four boat lengths behind the frontrunners.

Everything started falling into place at the turn, getting around the can in one stroke and then getting onto a runner heading back to shore.

"We were about 100 metres off the beach and the boys kept the sprint going,'' Davis said.

This crew has been together for the past two years and it was the first State title for Chynoweth and Bedford.

The Tannum crew is now chasing a treble.

They are set to secure the VB Cup at Coolum this Saturday, where they will race for double points, and will chase the Australia title at the nationals at Kurrawa from March 28 to April 2.

Emu Park collected a silver medal on the weekend in the under-17 surf belt event with Jake Simpson wearing the belt.

His team-mates were Casey Lee, Christopher Blanchard, Clancy Auriac and Paul Urquhart.

Another Capricorn Coast State medallist earlier in the week was Yeppoon's Darryl Blackburn, who placed third in the 45-49 years men's rescue tube.

Narrowly missing medals, finishing in fourth place, were Emu Park's Daniel Rye (open men's flags), Yeppoon's Amber Olde (under-19 women's flags) and Yeppoon's Bill Robertson (45-49 years men's ironman and surf ski).

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