Bridport out to make waves at Clifton Beach

THE Bridport Surf Life Saving Club will be flying the flag for the North of the state at this weekend's third round of the Navy ASRL competition at Clifton Beach today.

Bridport Surf Life Saving Club services manager Paul Hawkins said the club, which has about 60 per cent of its membership base from the North-East, said they were using the Navy series as a stepping stone to the state series finals in March.

``We have been finishing around mid-field (in the first two rounds), and given the fact the club is only four years old and this is only our third season racing surf boats, that is a good result,'' Hawkins said.

Bridport will have crews in the masters and men's reserve categories, but Hawkins admitted there was a lack of experience among the group.

Hawkins said Carlton Park and Burnie crews were the two to beat and were measuring sticks for  Leg 2other competitors, saying they were teams that they were aiming to be like ``in years to come''.

``But being realistic our goal this weekend at Clifton Beach, where there can be a bit of a wave, is to finish the race in one piece,'' Hawkins said.

Over 20 crews making up 110 competitors representing approximately 11 clubs from across the state will battle it out.

Racing will start at 1pm today, with the finals to begin about 2.30pm.

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