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F1 Team Germany Launch in Style

André Schürle, the driver from the F1 Team Germany water ski racing team recently arranged a superb event in Lech am Arlberg, Austria.

Skier & Boat Photos: Aussie C/Ships & World Selections 3&4 @ Lake Charm

Below are a selection of the boat and skier shots from In Tha Zone Images at the recent Aussie Titles / World Selections Race 3 & 4 at Lake Charm in Victoria. Rob Storum gives a special thank you to HB Promotions for getting him down for the Championships and to Brian Nutley and Ian Pearse for getting the lines he needed.

World Water Ski Record Attempt – 31 Jan

In Straham, Tasmania on Saturday 31st January 2009 at 7am, hundreds of skiers, assistants and organisers attempt to beat the long standing record of 100 skiers set by Cairns & District Powerboat and Ski Club on 18th October 1986. Watch the Cairns record here.

Wayne mawer was one of the skiers in 1986

Wayne Mawer was one of the skiers in 1986

Strahan’s attempt is planned for Sunrise on Saturday however all day Saturday and Sunday is reserved for a backup in case of bad weather or technical difficulties.

See for full details.

New TS Model Bernico

One of Bernico’s customers has asked them to build a TS model with twin Merc 300 short shaft engines on a Bernico trailer.

Dave Morris & Dean Hanckel Accident

Stephen Robertson of Australia writes …yesterday (06.30am Saturday 24th January – Sydney time) 2 of my very good friends & former fellow ski racers David Morris & Dean Hanckel were involved in a tragic accident whilst on a training ride for an upcoming ironman triathlon, they were struck down by a truck causing Dave’s death, at this stage Dean is fighting for his life.

2009 Club Marine Southern 80

In under 2 weeks we will know the winner of the 2009 Club Marine Southern 80.

Check out the Southern 80 website for all the competitor information, including briefing sheets, schedule of events, purchasing of entry passes and race day programs.

Watch a podcast of an interview with Mark Cranny from Team Hell (Hellrazor, Hellbent, Tru Blue), a 4 time past winner of the Southern 80.

Catch all the action about the 2009 Club Marine Southern 80 on the Southern 80 website.

Final Results for the Gannawarra Shire Australian Speed & Marathon Championships 2009

Well the 2009 Gannawarra Shire Australian Speed & Marathon Championships have been held. Final results can be downloaded from the SRV website
Photos will be available soon on the In tha Zone website.

Aussie Selection Races 3 & 4 Run & Done

21 Jan update – By Neville Fry —
Wayne Mawer has taken out the forth selection race at Lake Charm – second was Chris Stout, third Ben Gully. Unfortunately Peter Proctor’s boat had another problem before half way through the race –  Peter was leading at the time. These two skiers have not had a full race without a mishap, when they do it will be a good race.


Selection Race Highlight Results
Note: On the official results for the 4th day of racing, there is no “1” for 1hour. So you probably need to add the hour onto the Men’s times below. e.g. Wayne didn’t do the race in 3 minutes and 34 seconds.

You can find complete selection results for F1, F2 & Juniors here at the Ski Racing Victoria web site

Day 1Day 2 Day 3Day 4

Men’s F1 World Selection Race 4

Tru Blue
27 laps
Wayne Mawer
Mark Cranny
Damien Matthews

27 laps
Chris Stout
Noel Griffin
Mike Kelly

Merc Force
Ben Gulley
Don Gulley
Gerald Gulley

Women’s F1 World Selection Race 4

Still Crazy
19 laps
Cara Jochinke
Geoff Jochinke
Rod Hogben

19 laps
Bethany Pledger
John Jnr Robertson
Adrian Pickering

16 laps
Lauryn Eagle
Danny Knappick
Rory Brown

Men’s F2 World Selection Race 4

Force This
25 laps
Mark Weaver
Troy Kennedy
Jason Bennett

Tuff E Nuff
24 laps
Daniel Cotton
Brent Wisemantel
Andrew Fyfe

24 laps
Richard Souwer
David Tidswell
Trent Souwer

Women’s F2 World Selection Race 4

Tuff E Nuff
19 laps
Trudi Stout
Brent Wisemantel
Andrew Fyfe

Still Sparken
19 laps
Kylee Jones
Craig Boswell
Murray Hackett

Stalker Evinrude
18 laps
Susan Cartwright
Brad Groves
Shaun Williams

Junior Boy’s World Selection Race 4

Sudden Force
12 laps
Jack Houston
Greg Houston
Kevin Boylan

Smack That
12 laps
Ben Hackett
Wayne Harrison
Murray Hackett

Tru Blue
12 laps
Ben Pearse
Mark Cranny
Damien Matthews

Junior Girl’s World Selection Race 4

Prime Time
10 laps
Sarah Teelow

Chris Teelow
Adrian Pickering

10 laps
Maddison Boyer
Danny Knappick
Rob Henderson

10 laps
Natalie Keys
Bernie Elliott
Graham French


19 Jan – Wayne Mawer won the third Aussie selection race in Men’s F1 at Lake Charm. In the other selection races, Cara Jochinke won the Women’s F1 whilst Trudi Stout won Womens’ F2. Daniel Cotton secured a win in Men’s F2 and in the Juniors it was Jack Houston and Sarah Teelow taking the honours.

The selection races have been run as part of the Australian Titles week and hosted in Victoria.

EAME Racing Seminar – March 2009

Please find herewith the invitation for our “1st EAME RACING SEMINAR 2009” which will take place at Amsterdam on the weekend of March 14, 2009.

US Marathon Series Opener @ Havasu

The NWSRA has a Marathon Series Season Opener at Lake Havasu on 21 & 22 Feb. You can get the flyer with full details here and book accommodation at the Nautical Inn Resort

Announcing the birth of Giacomo Cassa

Carlo Cassa has proudly announced that at 20:45 on 18 Jan in Cantù (Como), Italy, Barbara brought their son Giacomo Cassa into the world.

Who was the guy talking in the video?

Jeff Barrus has published a snippet of footage of the 2008 Catalina DVD which is scheduled for release on 15 Feb.

Who’s voice was on the video and when?

Hugo Van Loon Passes Away

Vera Van den Bossche of Belgium writes … Dear all, It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all that Hugo Van Loon at the age of 64, passed away this morning January 13th caused by a heart attack.

Hugo was a well known figure amongst us, not only as International Judge but also as former racer, Chairman of WSV Racing,  Belgian Judge and Organiser of the Antwerp edition for the Worlds 2009.

The funeral will take place on Saturday January 17th at 09.30 a.m. in the Church of Sint Katarina at Stabroek (Belgium).

Howard Haig Passes Away

14 Jan update

Services for Howard
Saturday, January 24 @ 2:00 pm

The River Christian Reformed Church
459 E Highland Ave
Redlands CA 92373
909 798-2221

Gathering following:
Redlands Country Club
1749 Garden St
Redlands CA 92373
909 793-1295


Many will already have heard the terribly sad news that Howard Haig passed away on 9th January.

Howard was returning from a trip to Miami and was taken ill whilst at the airport. An ambulance took Howard to hospital, he was stabilized, but then passed away.

So many people will be saddened by the loss of this most charismatic and friendly member of the water ski racing world and my thoughts go to his sons Todd, Michael and other family and friends at this difficult time.

Entries close for the 2009 Club Marine Southern 80

With over 500 entries and 250 boats, the entries are now closed for the 2009 Club Marine Southern 80. This promises to provide plenty of action on the water.

The 2009 format has been changed dramatically from previous years events. With some races cut and more events on the water on Saturday.

Friday 6th February, will see the Breakfast with the Stars take place in the Aquatic reserve, Heygarth st Echuca. Over 50 boats and their teams will be on display from around 7am to 9am. People will be able to wander through the display, chat to the teams, have breakfast and meet some of their ski racing heroes.

There will safety scrutineering for selected boats only (boats will be notified by special mail at least one week prior to the event) , occurring at the MWSC’s office in Annesley st Echuca from 12 noon. Briefing for all team captains will also occur in the Annesley street from 12 noon to 5pm, on the half hour.

Friday night will see the official welcome to sponsors & supporters of the event, at the Launch night to taking place at the Victoria Park boat ramp. Tickets can be purchased online via the Southern 80 website at $75 per person.

Saturday morning (7th February 2009) will see the social classes start at Torrumbarry at 8.30am. They will make the journey to the Victoria Park Boat ramp, with them arriving by around 12 noon. This means that the river will be closed to all boats between Torrumbarry & Echuca, for the running of the event.

In Hare street Echuca, the Super Class boats will be on display, along with many other teams. Why not wander through the street, see the teams and visit some of the local Echuca stores. Entry is free.

From around 12 noon the action moves to the Five Mile Boat Ramp, where the Veterans, Junior Social, Sub Junior Social, Senior Social, 60mph and 70 mph, and Tadpoles, all leave for the journey to Victoria Park Boat Ramp.

At the conclusion of a sweep of the river and then the top 40 boats will leave at 1 minute intervals to determine their starting places for the Sunday run. First to leave will be Team Hell in Hellrazor (last year’s winner) with the other 6 Superclass boats following.

Following them will be 14 Superclass B boats, including, Chief, Fastcash, Mirror Image, Syndicate, Mistress and others.

Then the Presidents Invitational Dash will see a further 19 boats tussle out for their pole positions in their relevant classes.

Presentation of the Saturday classes will take place on Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of racing.

The Victoria Park Boat Ramp area is an esky free zone with entry to the area $30 for a two day pass or $20 each day. The area caters for all the family with food and drinks, car simulations, trade sites, drag boats, junior power boats, Moomba Water Ski Show and much more.

Sunday will see those boats not in the top 40 leave Torrumbarry in expert class order at 1 minute intervals from 8.30am. Gunbower Lions Club will be providing refreshments and food at the Torrumbarry start area for competitors and spectators.

Once all of those boats are accounted for around 2.30pm, the top 40 boats will leave Torrumbarry for the 30 odd minute journey to the Victoria Park.

At the conclusion of racing, around 4.30pm, presentation of trophies to the winners will take place at Victoria Park.

For further information regarding the event you can visit for all the latest results as they happen you can download the results via your mobile phone (provided you have internet access) at – this page will be updated constantly during the weekend.

Aussie River Race Classics on DVD

Ski Racing Australia wishes to advise that DVD orders are now being taken for each River Race Classic for the 2008/09 season.

British Water Ski Vacancy – Operations Manager

British Water Ski has a vacancy for an experienced Operations Manager to play a key role within the organisation to assist in achieving BWS short and long term goals.

Barry Frame is New Chairman of British Racing

Since Tony Williams stepped down from his seat of British Racing Chairman, GB has been busy considering who is the right person to take on the role and take British water ski racing forward in 2009.

Thomas Robert Llewellyn is born

10 Jan – I want to thank everyone for their well wishing comments below, texts and email. We have been overwhelmed with the kind thoughts from around the world. Gabi and Tommy are doing great and he will no doubt be getting to see his first races in the coming months. Thanks again everyone.

2009 Update on Kev

3 Jan
– Hello and Happy New Year,
Thought I would give another update on Kevo. The new year brought special meaning to our family as Kev was coming home. He now is resting at home under the care of his wonderful wife and looked in on by all of the great people that love him and have missed him so much. Kev is in no way brand new yet as he is still weak from the horrible test that he has been through. He still has two drains coming from his side and the vacuum for the cut down the middle of his tummy. He still has weeks of drugs to take for the infections but the great news is they have worked and are working to get them out of his body all the way.They say the cut for the surgery will take a few more weeks to close up and then time to heal from there.

My sister and Kev got to have there Christmas and I know for her it was the best one ever as she recieved the present sent from heaven. I do know that all of you wonderful people that prayed for Kev or just wished him well that it worked and it continues to work. I will never be able to say thank you enough for helping to stop our family from loosing Kev. He was so close at times to leaving us but your prayer and wishes kept him here. Kevo fought like a Sparten for his life and I am so proud to be a part of the love and friendship that has surrounded him during his fight. All of you that helped with your prayer and hope should feel so proud as well as we have saved a life. We have helped one of gods gifts to stay here and continue to give his love and support to everyone he touches because that is who he is.

This will be a great year for our family and for all of you that believe that it is not what you have in your life but who you have in your life, it is not about how hard life will fight you but how you fight back. If you have the love from friendship and the love of family there is not a battle you cant win.This year will be so hard for many with the way the World is today, with jobs becoming less and less and money harder to make. We all need to remember that this is just one of the fights that life brings on to us and how we fight back is what is important. If you have your health and you have your friends and with the love of family you can take on anything.

I believe in my family and my family of friends and with that all of the fights that life will bring on to me are no more than bumps in the road that I will get over and be better for it.Kev has proved this as well, he will get past this and be better for it. Remember when you feel like the world is pushing you down look into your heart and push back !!

I thank you all for being there for my family and I truly love you so much for it.
– Mike

24 Dec
– Hello and Merry Christmas to everyone, I thought I would give you all an up-date on Kevo. He is getting better a little bit each day and stronger each day the same.He is now is a room upstairs from the TCU unit and can get more rest there. His temp and heart rate have been holding for 4 days now and seem to be going in the right direction to get him back to normal. He is now taking walks 3 and 4 times a day and eating solid food. The best news is that the infection seems to be on the run out of his body ! and if it keeps going he will be off the IV’s maybe in a couple weeks. He has a bunch of swelling from holding water but they seem to think that will go away once he gets stable with the diet and walking more and more each day. We are so thankful for all that have been wishing and praying for Kev, we believe that it has made him get better. He is not out of the woods yet but like I told him today ” the trees are getting smaller and smaller and we can see the way out of the forest” we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and know its not another train coming our way. Kevo has fought like a Hero and I am sure he will keep fighting as this fight has a long way to go yet. Please have a happy and Merry Christmas and when you sit and pray before you eat please add this wonderful man to your prayers. My family thanks you very much for that! – Mike Avila

Advertise in 2009 BWS Racing Programme

To help encourage people to attend the 2009 series of water ski races in Britain a glossy A5 programme for all of the races is being produced.

Polar Bear Catalina Ski Rally – Today 10 jan

The 2009 Polar Bear Catalina Ski Rally is getting close and a great way for those in the US to enjoy some off-season time on a race ski.

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