Legends honoured in Wanda surfboat launch

Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club launched its newest surf boat, the aptly named Legends, earlier this month.

The boat's full name, Legends - rowers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, honours the club's great rowers of those past eras, many of whom were present at the launch.

Wanda deputy president Nathan Spinner said Wanda SLSC had a proud surfboat history and tradition dating back to their first boat launched in 1946.

"We've had many champion competitors row for our club across the three decades that this boat has been named," he said.

"This new boat, Legends, recognises their contribution to the Wanda club, both in the past and present. They have laid the foundations for where we are today with surf boat racing.

"We're extremely appreciative to Gerard Malouf and Partners for donating the boat, such generosity allowing us to strengthen our ever growing surf boat section and keep surf boat tradition thriving at Wanda."

Mr Malouf and wife Dana officially christened the boat, along with Wanda club patron Solly Stevens, before Wanda competitors carried it to the water for its maiden voyage.

It was rowed on its first official outing by Wanda under-23 female crew of Amy Grice, Sorrell Handforth, Stephanie Kentwell, Mollie Lombo and swept by Brendan MacAlpine.

Mark Speakman MP and Mayor Carmelo Pesce were among the guests at the launch, together with surf club life members, members and supporters.