The infamous Günter Schmutz from Austria has sent in a few photos of some of his new bunnies. They’re posted below and on the main bunnies page.
America’s Andy Anderson has announced a fundraiser night to promote “Puddingstone Fun Day” – a day with entry level races and a unique racing format.
With six of the eight selection races now run and done, there’s a lot of talk about who will or won’t be in the team.
Entry forms for the Mildura 100 are now available on the Mildura Ski Club Site at www.milduraskiclub.org
Fresh from Belgium, the organisers of the 2009 World Water Ski Racing Championships have published bulletin 2 for the big event in July. Vera Van den Bossche and her team have done a superb job of putting together this 21 page information pack. It’s a 3mb PDF file so be patient if your net connection is running on low octane fuel.
Rob Storum was right in the thick of the action again and shares these sensational shots that he captured at Wisemans Ferry on the weekend when Australia’s best fought it out as the Aussie World selection races draw close to their end.
I caught up with Wayne Mawer and Kim Lumley just before the 2008 Diamond Race to see what they had to say about canal racing and the 2009 World Water Ski Racing Championships in Belgium.
Wayne Mawer won another hard fought world selection race today in Australia. Peter Procter was 2nd and Chris Stout 3rd.
More news and photos when they become available.
Calendar for Aussie World Selection Races
Race 1 & 2
Saturday and Sunday 8th & 9th November 2008 at
Race 3 & 4
Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st January 2009
Lake Charm Victoria.
Race 5 & 6
Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th 2009 February are
Saturday 28th March 2009
Lake Charm Victoria
The Moama Water Sports Club hosts the biggest waterski race in the world – “The Club Marine Southern 80” – on the Murray River at Echuca/Moama. It was held over last weekend but was abandoned at 1.50pm on Sunday due to ambulance & paramedic crews being called away for the Victorian Fires. All spectators (100,000) & competitors (2,200) were keen to begin a fund raising effort, thus we instantly raised $1,475 at presentation time.
Instantaneously, Moama Water Sports Club pledged the remaining prize money of $8,000. Ski Racing Australia and Ski Racing Victoria both pledged $5,000 each.
In all, a total of $19,475 has been raised to kick off “The Southern 80 Bushfire Relief Appeal”. This money was donated via the Channel 9 appeal held on the 12th February 2009
You too can contribute to the appeal via following the link to this website, where it will be recognised as coming from the Ski Racing Community www.everydayhero.com.au/southern80bushfirerelieffund
Rob Storum has shared some sensational shots from the 2009 Southern 80 weekend. Rob said; “mate it was one of the strangest weekends I’ve had.
History was made this weekend in the running of the Club Marine Southern 80. The event was stopped twice over the weekend, an event which has never been witnessed in the running of the event.
On Saturday during the running of the Tip Top Bakeries Bakers Blitz and the Presidents Invitational – a race boat lost control whilst competing colliding with two houseboats near the Merool Boat Ramp. The incident saw two spectators inquired. The incident is being investigated by the NSW Maritime in conjunction with the NSW Police. The crew involved in the incident were not injured. Due to the incident, the race was stopped with only a couple of boats to finish the event.
A number of race records were broken during the day’s racing, despite the hot and tiring conditions. Crews were happy with the new format. The crowds of around 60000 which lined the river banks to watch the event were generally well behaved. It was disappointing that some spectators chose to swim on race day, but overall the crowd was well behaved.
Sunday racing started on time, with the Expert classes leaving from Torrumbarry.
At 1:57pm Sunday, Ambulance services Victoria advised the MWSC that they had to leave the event to be deployed to other areas of the state, as Victoria came to grips with the worst bushfires in history.
Without the support of emergency services, the MWSC had no choice but to abandon the event. Most competitors competing in the Expert classes were on the river and / or home; this meant that most classes were able to register a completed result.
The outcome meant that the top 40 boats which included the Superclass boats were not able to run. The results in the classes affected meant that these results are incomplete.
The support shown by the crowd and competitors to the abandonment of the race, was amazing. People continued to support the event, by enjoying the river and peoples company.
MWSC President – Alan McDonald said that “ The safety of our competitors is paramount in our minds. Without adequate Paramedical support the event could not continue. The people of Victoria affected by the bushfires deserve our support.”
During the presentation of the Completed classes, the driver of Stinga, Greg Houston got up on stage and pledged $1000.00 towards the support of a Victorian Bushfire Appeal. A number of other competitors have since donated their prize money. Every ski racer present on the weekend, could recount a link to someone affected the bush fires which have ravaged Victoria.
President Alan McDonald, pledged on behalf of the MWSC the prize money from the classes which were not presented to an appeal.
Results from the event can be found on the Southern 80 website at www.southern80.com.au
A state of emergency has been declared in Victoria, Australia. Ambulance and Emergency Services have been deployed to other regions in the state. The BBC reports here.
Due to this action, the organisers of the Southern 80 have had to abandon the racing today (Sunday).
Please visit the S80 web site for updates on plans.
Plenty of racing took place on the Saturday of the 2009 Southern 80 weekend. You can get all the results here at the S80 web site. More racing Sunday.
Below are the top three from the Baker’s Blitz
Time: 6 mins 50.88 seconds
Ave speed: 175.60 kph
Time: 6 mins 53.26 seconds
Ave speed: 174.33 kph
Time: 7 minutes 23.81 seconds
Ave speed: 162.52 kph
Mark Cranny from Team Hell has won the Southern 80 4 times already. Can he do it again in 2009?
Wim Lamot has issued the final 2009 World Water Ski Racing Championships Promo movie.