Who: Hosted by the Central Coast Skindivers Club (CCSC)
Where: Town of 1770/Agnes Waters, 5 hours north of Brisbane
What: A competition not to be missed
When: Sign-on Friday, July 13th 5.30-7.30pm. Competition day, weigh-in and presentation Saturday July 14th.
Why: Because it's our favourite competition in the whole of Australia! :)
It's the competition that we've been looking forward to for the past year - the CCSC 1770 Classic. Last year, the competition attracted over 40 keen spearos from all over Australia to the small town of 1770 - the closest launch spot to the Great Barrier Reef, north of Brisbane. The format of the competition has been praised by SDM, with no other same competition in Australia.
CCSC's 1770 Classic is a competition that focuses on quality, rather than quantity. Competitors are allowed to weigh in 3 fish from the species list, and they receive scores based on the percentage weight of that species when compared to the QLD spearfishing record - the closer your fish is to the record, the more points you receive. Competitors may also weigh in one separate fish for the Most Meritorious category.
- Jai took out the competition in 2011 with some great species including this Barramundi
This year, CCSC has added another element to the competition called the 'honour start'. After signing on on the evening of Friday, July 13th, competitors will be allowed to head for their chosen diving spots at any time, ready to start diving at sun rise on the Saturday. This eliminates any advantage a faster boat may have in getting to the reef, as smaller boats are able to head out at their own pace.
If you are thinking of attending the 1770 Classic, you should RSVP on their facebook page. You will need to be there on Friday night, July 13th, to sign on before 7.30pm. You can head out to the reef at any time once you have signed on, and begin diving at sunrise. Head back in for sign off before 4pm, enjoy the afternoon weigh-in, a bite to eat and then get cleaned up before a night of fun at Presentation on Saturday night at the Agnes Tavern. Sunday is free to pack up and head home, or head out to dive the reef again.AUF , which provides insurance should you have an accident while spearfishing or freediving - well worth it!
Click here for all of the competition info.