Rotary of Yeppoon Club's Robert Blyde at the I Crab Classic held at Coucom's Crab Pots and Fishing Gear in June which raised funds for the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service. Photo Contributed / The Capricorn Coast Mirror
Rotary of Yeppoon Club's Robert Blyde at the I Crab Classic held at Coucom's Crab Pots and Fishing Gear in June which raised funds for the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service. Photo Contributed / The Capricorn Coast Mirror Contributed RCC

Crab lovers help RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Service

THE RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service has received a donation of $6572 thanks to organisers and crab lovers at the inaugural I CRAB Classic held last month.

Held on the Capricorn Coast from June 3-5, the event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Yeppoon which was established in September 1959, some 57 years ago.

Since then the club has carried out invaluable community service work locally, nationally and internationally in pursuit of the Rotary motto, 'Service Above Self'.

Rotary Club President Robert Harris told the Capricorn Coast Mirror the club was delighted to stage the first I CRAB Classic which is a crabbing competition like no other.

"This event is the initiative of Yeppoon crabbing guru Alan Coucom and his crabbing mate Darren Ireland," Mr Harris said.

"We are grateful that Brett Green of Green Steel Rockhampton agreed to be this year's naming rights sponsor. This enabled us to make available, as this year's major prize, a 3.5m, tinnie and trailer plus safety gear."

Cooee Bay Marine and Quintrex Boats combined to make this $4500 prize possible.

With perfect weather conditions, and plenty of mud crabs about, close to 100 entrants participated in the competition.

Some massive mud crabs were weighed in but the mightiest crab was not the winner, as this was a mystery weight competition.

The category winners were Junior: Dash Lindley at 0.786kg; Senior: Rob Blyde with 1.372kg and overall Graeme Miles with 0.946kg, who drove away with the tinnie, trailer and safety gear.

Crab racing, crab tying, cast net throwing and crab eating competitions were just some of the attractions on the day.

"This event, being such a large undertaking, involved input from virtually all of our club members, as well as quite a number of friends of Rotary," Mr Harris said.

"We are most grateful for the support of our platinum, gold and silver sponsors who have all taken a leap of faith this year with the inaugural event."

Tentative dates for the 2017 I CRAB Classic are May 26-28.

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In joining Rotary? Just email rcyattendance @gmail.com or visit sites.google.com/site/ yeppoonrotary, or phone 0499755522.



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