Pharmacy sees worth in surf

Pharmacy stalwarts back the world’s most gruelling surfboat marathon.

Pharmacy business expert and AJP columnist Bruce Annabel, and Gary Cairns, who established Capital Chemist with Roger Tall in the 1980s, rolled up their sleeves to help out during the 2016 George Bass Surfboat Marathon.

Held every two years, the George Bass race is the world’s most gruelling surfboat event.

Open to men and women and established more than 4 decades ago, its organisers say that racing 190kms of Australia’s coastline makes it a standout event in the world’s rowing calendar. It begins at Bateman’s Bay in NSW, and competitors traverse 7 surfboat marathons over 7 days to the former whaling town of Eden, on the NSW far south coast.

Annabel and Cairns helped out during the last leg of the Marathon in Cairns’ boat carrying race officials and referees as competitors approached the finish line in Eden. Annabel personally sponsored the event, and Cairns is a long-time supporter of the epic bi-annual race.

This year’s event was completed despite a week of heavy rain which saw some legs of the race head along river courses.

Annabel’s father, Curler, was the founder of the event which was established more than 40 years ago, and he was the long-time owner and editor of Bega District News.


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