Courtesy of Scott Atkinson, Editor of ‘The Water Skier’ magazine published by USA Water Ski, below is a PDF of the “Down to the Wire” article which appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of ‘The Water Skier’ magazine.
From the stats below, take a guess which days we saw Rounds 1 to 4 of the 2011 worlds. These are the site hits for skirace.net during the 2011 worlds.
WORLD’S RACE #4
SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Conditions for race #4 of the 17th World Titles, were once again, smooth as glass water with no wind at all. The temperature was to get to 27 degrees and things were warming up quickly.
The crowd numbers had grown a lot, with the ‘Celebrate Redcliffe’ Festival bringing a curious crowd to the shore to watch this extreme sport in action at its highest level.
The Moreton Bay Regional Council are the Major Sponsor of the World Championships and cannot be thanked enough for their support.
The first race of the day, with two World Championships still up for grabs, was the Open and Formula 2 Women.
Americans Katelin Wendt and Erin Saunders, Aussie Maddi Boyer, Kathrin Ortlieb from Austria and Adelaide Cox, from New Zealand, were all still capable of taking out the Open title, after dropping their lowest points race, should anyone else make a mistake on course, or in their timing at the finish line. Lauryn Eagle was not back to ski in a last ditch attempt to end her horror World Title bid, after her heavy round 3 fall and gutsy ski post fall.
In the Womens Formula 2 there were 3 different winners in the previous races, Leanne Campbell, Tania Teelow and Trudi Stout, all from Australia. They were up against Austria’s Katharina Hebenstreit and Sabine Ortlieb, Belgium super star Lena Feringa and American Lori Dunsmore Cheryl Ruston and Dawn Wallace, all able to either win, or place in today’s race, or overall on points. It was that close.
All boats lined up along the beach as crews anxiously awaited the hooter to announce 15 minutes until a start.
Channel 7, in live crosses to their morning show, ‘Sunrise’, had interviewer James Tobin try water skiing, as well as interviewing the round 3 crowned, Aussie Junior World Champions, Jack Houston and Kelsey Feros.
The live online feed was also active again, with the world class production beaming the World Titles out over 53 countries, live, to critical acclaim. By the worlds end the total was 27,479 total streams, with the Worlds website reporting 70,000 hits, on the first day alone. That does not include skirace.net and the Ski Racing Australia website hits and streams too. All were running the stream. It was great to see the embracing of newer technology to way beyond tweets and end of day result sheets to find out details of what was going on. The dvd should be a cracker !
Back to the racing though, and all of the Womens crews were now lined up for the race of their lives.
Commentators Dave Bishop, Troy Kennedy and Tim Dubios were running thru the run lists and explain to new comers on the shore, how things were being calculated and what was at stake for each athlete and their crew.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go ! was the call, as all Open Women skiers got off to a blinder of a start on the flat conditions.
Coming around for the first time it was Katelin, followed very closely by Erin, Maddi, Adelaide and Kylee Jones.
In the F2 Women, the first lap leaders were, Leanne and Trudi, with Trudi leading the 2nd wave, 30 seconds back.
Next lap Katelin had pulled out 2 rope lengths on Erin, knowing that a 3rd win would give her the title after 2 previous series wins.
Trudi Stout was now having a battle with Leanne Campbell, with both moving out huge amounts from Tania Teelow, in 3rd and the rest of the field. It was apparent that we were in for a real battle for each of the titles.
Over the next few laps the battle between Erin and Katelin was still underway, with Erin running alongside Katelin now. Maddi Boyer was still holding out 3rd place, but was starting to lose touch with these two super athletes, as was Kylee Jones, behind Merc Force.
Trudi and Still Kid’n were now only 4 seconds behind Leanne and Atomic Boats, needing to win by 40 seconds to take the title. Leanne knew this and was not giving her an inch without working her butt off to do it. They were absolutely flying in the now sloppy water conditions. Katharina Hebenstreit, behind Stormy, had now moved up to 3rd placing.
Erin now made a move on Katelin and was travelling quickly around the outside line, half a rope length up, then further and further until she was a whole rope length in front. Trudi made up another 2 seconds, then dropped 4.. would she run out of time or energy ?
Over the next few laps it was Erin Saunders, behind 99 Psycho Clowns F1 that had moved out 3 – 4 ropes lengths from Katelin, with Wendt Racing. Not able to lose touch with Erin, yet not pushing her to go faster, the Wendt’s only had a tiny window of time on points, that they could finish within.
Leanne and Trudi were now lapping at about 2 seconds a lap faster than the Open class ladies. Trudi was being forced to go around lots of boats on the corners, losing precious seconds that she needed.
With around 15 minutes left it was still Erin, Katelin, Kathrin Ortlieb was now up to 3rd, behind Still Smercn’, Maddi, then Kylee.
F2 was back to an all Aussie affair with Leanne leading a still fighting, but slower lapping, Trudi, followed by 2 time World Champ Tania Teelow, behind With Envy.
With about 2 minutes left in the race it was Erin Saunders leading by 9 seconds, needing 20 to win the title.
The Blue Flag was raised, signalling the last lap and Erin had increased that to 13 seconds.. she was going for it with about a 3 turn buoy lead !
In Formula 2 excitement was building for the Super-Mum of Aussie ski racing. One more lap with no dramas and it was hers. Trudi was now leading the day’s racing, but it would not be by enough.
Greeting the Chequered Flag was Erin Saunders, followed closely by Katelin Wendt. The American Team went nuts ! The World Title now belonged to Katelin Wendt, coming home just 10 seconds behind Erin, but winning on points overall. Both skiers won 2 races, but dropping her worst result it was Katelin by about 4 points. Kathrin Ortlieb, from Austria, came home third this super exciting race and also claimed the Bronze Medal overall on points.
In Formula 2 Women, the World Title went to Leanne Campbell, skiing behind Brent Wisemantel and Andrew Fyfe, in Atomic Boats.
Winning the day’s racing, but not the title was Trudi Stout, who really put in a huge performance trying to scrape back those precious seconds. Leanne finished just 12 seconds back, but 15 points up, securing the title, with Katharina Hebenstreit and the Stormy crew in 3rd place on the day and overall.
Leanne came thru with her Aussie flag held high, doing a drive past and the large crowd cheered loudly. Katelin received no less praise as she came back to shore, with cheers of ‘USA, USA, USA..’ booming from the bank. Both skiers had conquered the massive physical and mental battle that it takes to win a world title and had risen as the best in the world in Women’s water ski racing.
The Juniors race was next on the schedule, and although they both won their respective World Titles after clean sweeping the first 3 races, Kelsey Feros and Jack Houston, or ‘Back to Back Jack’ as the commentators were now labelling him, came to prove their dominance at the Titles and lined up once again to try for 4 from 4.
The minor placings for outright and all important team points were still on offer, so the racing was guaranteed to be at the same high standard as seen previously.
The Great Britain’s Jame Frame, Mitchell Horan from New Zealand, Trevor Wendt from the USA and Lloyd Woolman from Australia, were all still capable of gaining an overall placing. As was Tayla Wright from Australia, defending junior girls World Champ Yolien Bormans from Belgium and Columbia Cox from New Zealand in the Junior Girls.
Go! Was the call and the Junior Boys were off. All were away 30 seconds later in the Junior Girls. Almost everyone got away to a blinder and in an instant all crews were at top speed on the smooth water.
Coming around for the first time, with the race chopper overhead, it was WC Jack Houston and Team Stinga, leading by a rope length from Trevor Wendt behind 7, Thundernuts towing Lloyd Woolman and Jake Frame behind 99 Psycho Clowns F1.
Kelsey wasn’t having as easy a start as Jack, with Tayla Wright behind ORSM and Yolien Bormans behind Burnin’ on the outside of her around the turn buoy for the first time. Yolien gave a massive wave up and pulled alongside Tayla.
At around the 13 minute mark the placings were to look the same for the girls, Tayla really taking the challenge on to Kelsey, with Yolien dropping back about a rope length.
Jack was now leading the Junior Boys by a long way, as the battle raged between Lloyd Woolman and Trevor Wendt. 99 Psycho Clowns F1 had a short stop, with what looked like a motor issue, but were back into it later, a couple of laps down, with Jake Frame now out of the picture for outright placings, but still out to get some GB Team points .
The battle raged on in the Junior Girls class with all 3 top skiers still within a rope length of each other.
Jack Houston had moved so far into the lead in the Boys class that he was now overtaking the Girls and taking a lap from them. His dominance is remarkable in this class.
Trevor and Lloyd next caught the ladies, locked in their own battle. Lloyd had to beat Trevor by 55 seconds, so Trevor wasn’t letting him out of his sight.
Around 26 minutes into the race and Lloyd was now making up 7 seconds a lap on Trevor. By commentary calculations, he needed to keep this up until the last lap to win by just one second and take home the Silver Medal.
Tayla and Yoliens were still at it, and as the Blue Flag was raised there was just one rope length between them.
To greet the chequered Flag, to loud applause, was Jack Houston, the first skier to ever win back to back Junior World Championships, with a dominance of 8 World Titles races, for 8 wins all up. The crowd on the bank cheered loudly for him as he skied into history. Will he be our first Kelly Slater ?
But what of the race for the Silver and Bronze?
Over the line 44 seconds back, it was to be Lloyd Woolman and the Thundernuts crew, over a minute in front of Trevor Wendt. This gave the young Aussie from Victoria the Silver Medal, by just 12 points from Trevor overall.
Kelsey Feros also showed her complete dominance taking out her 4th race and a clean sweep of all races to add undisputed, to her World Title’s name.
Tayla and Yoliens were to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in this race, but Tayla came home only 5 seconds in the lead. This meant that Yolien could add Silver to her Gold medal from Belgium’s 2009 Worlds. Tayla skied herself into the Bronze Medal position after the two of them really had some great racing over the 4 race series. It only came down to 5 points in the end.
Both teams did fly bys past an appreciative crowd, proudly holding their Aussie Flags up high and receiving the Aussie war cry back, ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi’ Oi’ Oi’!’
As the skiers were being interviewed on the main stage and podium area, the Open and Formula 2 Men all converged on the beach area for the last time.
Christopher Stout had already won the Open Mens Title the day before, with 3 from 3 wins, but still lined up to take on Aussie mate and rival Peter Procter, American Troy Hooker, and Great Britain’s Russell Cox and Dan Ellis.
The Formula 2 Men were the last class to be decided, with a World Title still up for grabs.
Aussies Grant Turner and Mark Weaver had absolutely dominated over the previous 3 rounds.
With only slight leads to Andy Anderson and Cameron King from the USA, Daniel Cotton from Oz, Marc Avella from Spain and Dave Vansteelant from Belgium, heaps of guys were still in the mix for outright medals.
The crews readied themselves to race and as they all took their grid positions in front of the starter, the massive crowd were on the edge of their seats.
Go! Was the call over the PA and the Open Men were away !
As they hit top speed, the F2 crews were also away and racing cleanly.
The first time around it was to be Chris Stout and Burnin’ by a rope length to Peter Procter and Tru Blue. Following closely in 3rd was Troy Hooker behind Merc Force.
The F2 men saw the start of the Turner vs Weaver battle for gold. Shooter vs Team Weaver respectively, with two of the best outboard drivers in the World, Peter Lewis and Brent Wisemantel at the wheel.
The spray was still settling on the other places but Marc Avella, behind Labsport Boats had the slightest lead from Daniel Cotton, behind Atomic Boats, boat 373 towing Andy Anderson, Dave Vansteelant, behind Still Kid’n, Dave Sewell and Bernico Boats and Cameron King, behind boat 73.
You could throw a blanket over them.
Around the 10 minute mark the Open Mens placings read Stout & Procter, with nothing in it, followed by Hooker, Cox and Ellis trying to hang onto the 2 flying Aussies.
In Formula 2 Team Weaver had pulled ahead from Shooter, with 373, Atomic, Labsport Boats, Still Kidn’ and Robertson Racing all still pushing hard behind them.
Mark Weaver knew that he had to beat Grant Turner by more than 20 seconds and this champion skier was not going to give in. He passed the crowd again and gave a massive wave up, screaming for more speed, building on his lead further.
Stout v Procter came screaming around the corner again and a huge collective gasp came over the crowd as Peter fell off.
He was ok and as quickly as possible the guys had him back in his ski and in the water. This was not before the mighty twin rig Tuff N Up tried to drive up the inside of the turn buoy that he was sitting at and choked the propellers in Peter’s rope. Luckily for Peter, they had a spare rope on board, but unlucky for Great Britain’s Russell Cox, who’s race was now effectively over, as the crew tried desperately to clear the tangled mess.
In F2 Grant Turner and the Shooter boys had caught back up to Mark Weaver, passing just as Peter took off in pursuit of Chris Stout and those valuable overall points.
They were now followed in 3rd place by Aussie Daniel Cotton and Atomic Boats, Andy Anderson, Marc Avella and Will Newland filling the next placings.
With 21 minutes left, Peter Procter was starting to make up a little ground on Chris Stout, but the fall meant that they were on the same straight as each other. He was now chasing Troy Hooker, trying to use his incredible fitness to make up ground.
Then, the unthinkable for Mark Weaver. His crew had a short, unscheduled stop at the far end of the course, virtually handing the title to Grant Turner.
It was only around 20-30 seconds, but enough to lose all that he’d built up in the race.
Grant took advantage of his good luck and the Shooter crew flew off into the spray and out of sight.
With the pressure off him, Chris Stout smartly went into safe mode and Grant, his river racing partner was going so nuts that he overtook him.
Peter Procter was lapping at about 5 seconds a lap quicker than Chris, desperately chasing Troy.
As the Blue Flag was raised, it was to be Chris Stout leading Open and great mate Grant Turner leading Formula 2.
This was to be how it ended too as they both skied past the Chequered Flag, to big cheers from the crowd.
Chris Stout, winner of all four races of the Worlds Series, became the first ever skier to win a Junior, Formula 2 and Open World Championship with his victory.
The 2nd and 3rd placings weren’t yet decided in the Open Mens and a quick finishing Peter Procter came home just behind Troy Hooker on corrected time, after receiving a 5% penalty from the Judges for on-course infringements.
The Silver Medal overall went to Peter Procter and the Tru Blue crew and Troy Hooker left the World Titles as a Bronze Medallist.
Grant ‘Pidge’ Turner and the Shooter guys were bursting with excitement when they hit the boat ramp as people swarmed to the ramp to congratulate both them and Stouty & the Burnin’ boys on their victories. It was great to see two Queensland Teams on the winner’s podium.
Also from Queensland, Mark Weaver finished 2nd in the race, even after Team Weaver’s stop, and 3rd place went to Marc Avella from Spain and Labsport Boats.
Overall Mark Weaver placed 2nd on points and took the Silver medal and Andy Anderson and the crew from 373 claimed the Bronze Medal for the Championships.
Thank you to everyone that competed, officiated, assisted, sponsored and brought you the 17th World Water Ski Racing Championships.
Special Thanks to Moreton Bay Regional Council and Mercury Australia, for being the Major Sponsors of the Titles.
Also to all of those that came and watched and displayed your goods, as well as the massive number of Volunteers that brought the Ski Racing Worlds to Queensland for the first time, for 10 glorious days of racing.
Thanks to all of the Commentary and Visual & Audio crews, for bringing the Worlds to the World, for those that couldn’t make it Down Under.
We hope that you took home a lifetime of good memories and had a little taste of Queensland & Australia. Please come back again soon!
Lastly, to all World Champions and Competitors, thank you for making this a World Titles to remember, with your sportsmanship, goodwill and dedication to your dreams.
: ) Wade
www.powerboat-world.com writes: The powerful Australian Water Ski Racing Team has swept all before it as it posted an astonishing performance during the 2011 World championships staged on Queensland’s Moreton Bay.
John Mewett is an amateur photographer living opposite the race venue and has kindly shared the shots that he took at Moreton Bay. More will be uploaded later to John’s site.
Worlds Race #3
The Sunrise on Day three of the 17th World titles, revealed a course of dead flat water and no wind at all, in direct contrast to the conditions that heralded the start of the World Championships.
The ‘Dolphin Discouraging’ boats were out nice and early once again, doing their figure 8 drive-bys and this looked like the answer to the hold-ups of Day #1.
The Open Women and Formula 2 Women were first up, and as they lined up along their start grids, there was a huge crowd gathering at both ends of the foreshore.
This race was to be run on a different course to the previous two days, with the starts visible to all spectators, as well as the racing to be run almost parallel with the foreshore.
It was definitely better for spectators, as they could now see how hard the skiers and boats were working in the races, instead of just during the end turn area.
The Women all got away cleanly, bar Lori Dunsmore, who uncharacteristically missed her start. Like the champ that she is, she was up and racing in an incredibly quick time.
Coming around for the first time, it was Lauryn Eagle leading the way, trying desperately to make up the ground, points and placings, lost in the first two races. She lead thru both Katelin Wendt and Erin Saunders from the USA, by a small margin and they all headed back up the course on lap two at breakneck speed.
In the Womens F2 Class the first wave came thru, with Leanne Campbell leading from Tania Teelow, behind With Envy and Lena Feringa from Belgium.
Trudi Stout, skiing behind Still Kidn’, immediately stamped her desire for a win on the race, in the second wave, making up 1 second in the first lap on the Ladies racing, a wave in front, followed by Sabine Ortlieb, Cheryl Ruston and Dawn Wallace.
The next lap it was to be Lauryn Eagle with one rope length to Katelin, with Lauryn and the Superman crew, trying their hardest to build up as much of a lead as possible in an attempt to outweigh the previous 2 race’s of bad luck on points.
Team 50, towing Leanne was starting to make space on With Envy, towing 2 x World Champ Tania Teelow and Revolution Racing, towing Lena.
Trudi Stout had already caught 1st wave skier Paula Newland from Great Britain and headed off chasing down Leanne and the girls.
In the Open Women, Lauryn was really stamping her authority on the race and had moved to 3-4 rope lengths in front of Katelin & Erin. Columbia Cox was holding onto 4th position.
At about the 12 &1/2 minute mark, the Red Flag was unexpectedly held up and all competitors forced to stop, as Dolphins had been spotted dangerously close to the course. With the incredibly tight environmental impact rules that these World Titles have had to adhere to, the race boats and crews returned to the shore, re-fuelled and re-set all of their ropes, etc, and got themselves ready to start racing once again.
The re-start was under way within ½ an hour and crews quickly hit top speed once again.
Once again it was the Lauryn, Katelin, Erin fight for the lead, but as they all straightened up, disaster struck for Lauryn as she fell heavily, right in front of the crowd. For a few tense moments she lay, barely moving on the water, but thanks to the production cameras, we could see her up closely and could see that she was conscious, lying flat on the water, but consciously moving her arms around, getting her bearings again.
This gave the lead to Katelin, who stormed back up to the far end turn buoys, with Erin closely behind and Maddi Boyer, from Australia, skiing behind SBR, moving into 3rd place. Kathrin Ortlieb also moved up a placing, to 4th place.
In the Formula 2, when the spray settled it showed us that Trudi Stout was the quickest on the course, out of the two waves, behind Still Kid’n. @nd in F2 was the leader of the first F2 wave, Leanne Campbell, behind Team 50, with both Tania Teelow and Lena Feringa breathing down her back.
As both Katelin and Erin passed Lauryn the next time around, we could make out that she was up on the side of the boat, and showing massive courage, was now hopping onto the deck and putting her Rail back on again !
With Envy, was the next casualty, pulling into the centre of the course and ending Tania Teelow’s day.
The next lap had the commentators manning their stop watches and revealing the Trudi was now 5 seconds up on Leanne, who was really taking even more ground away from Lena.
It was heart warming to see Superman running out Lauryn’s rope again and getting her back up onto the top of the water, but with a noticeable hunched over skiing style, that just looked like she was carrying a lot of pain to achieve it.
Unofficially now in F2, it was Trudi, Leanne, Sabine, Katharina and Lena had dropped back to 5th position.
Katelin was going so hard that she soon overtook Kylee Jones from Australia, just as 99 Psycho Clowns F1, towing Erin Saunders, headed for the centre of the course with motor trouble, effectively ending her day, after holding onto the 2nd position. This moved Maddi Boyer up to 2nd position, followed by Katharin, Kylee and Lauren in 5th.
Trudi had, by now made up the 30 seconds on the wave in front and was running side by side with Leanne.
Lauryn had shown her mental toughness and was now back to full race speed.
Then incredibly, both Trudi and Leanne took over the 1st and 2nd outright positions in the race, with Katelin in 3rd. On this lap both F2 girls overtook 3rd and 4th place in F2, lapping each of them.
The Blue Flag went up and Katharina decided it was now or never and overtook Maddi Boyer and was to hold onto second over the final lap.
Katelin took the Open Womens race, with Katharina 2nd and Maddi 3rd.
In F2 It was Trudi Stout, followed by Leanne Campbell and Sabine in 3rd place.
There was a short presentation, hosted by Dave Bishop, as the Junior skiers waited on the beach for their chance to shine.
For both Jack Houston and Kelsey Feros, one more win would mean 3 in total, thus securing them a World Title each, so the pressure was really on these Champions to have a clean, trouble free run.
The water conditions were still calm and flat, as the crowd built on the shore, hoping to be witness to some history being made.
Jack made the most of it, going to an early lead over Trevor Wendt, Lloyd Williams, Jake Frame and Mitchell Horan.
The next time thru past the crowd Jack had already stamped his authority on proceedings, pulling out 1 & ½ rope lengths.
In Junior Girls It was Kelsey Feros, behind Prima Donna, leading by only ½ a rope to Yolien Bormans, who had the outside draw behind Burnin’. Further back was Tayla Wright, behind Neville Freeman’s ORSM, with Columbia Cox bringing up the rear, behind Sacrifice.
Kelsey extended that lead to 1 & ½ rope lengths on the next lap.
Jack was still roughly the same distance in front of Trevor. Lloyd was around 1 rope length in front of Jake as they staged their own two man war.
About now, Trevor put the bit between his teeth and started to catch back up to Jack slightly, eventually coming right up alongside him, as if to say ‘Don’t forget about me mate’.
Luckily for Jack, he managed to have the inside pole, as Trevor took the wide way around Columbia Cox and Sacrifice. This lost him all of the ground that he’d worked so hard to regain unfortunately and Jack was back out to a rope and a ½ lead again.
Kelsey couldn’t shake Yolien although at this point Yolien and Burnin’ jumped into Kelsey’s wash. No one on the shore could figure out if it was tactics or not.
Jack Houston had to make sure that he didn’t get distracted by the Chopper that was tailing him and Stinga. With a little over 10 minutes left in the race, Lloyd and the Thundernuts crew started chasing down Trevor, eventually overtaking him and laying claim to the current 2nd placing, with 5.8 seconds made up in a flying lap, for the young Victorian skier.
With the Blue Flag being raised Jack was now miles in front. Lloyd won the mind games with Trevor and Trevor conceded his place, dropping into Lloyd’s boat wake.
Kelsey came thru for her last lap as well, out on her own.
As each of these Super Star young Aussies crossed the line, the crowd gave them a round of applause and huge cheers.
Second in Junior Boys went to Lloyd Williams and Trevor came thru for a 3rd placing.
This gave Jack the distinction of being the first ever skier to win dual Junior World Championships.
Kelsey also became the 2011 World Title holder, after both of them had won their previous 2 rounds/ races earlier in the week. Kelsey was followed home by Tayla Wright and Columbia Cox.
As you are able to drop your worst result for one race in the 4 race series, and due to them both winning the first two, wrapping up their campaigns early must have been a huge load off for them both.
As each of them did drive by’s in their boats post race, both were armed with the Australian Flag, and proudly displayed it for the cheering crowd.
Making their way to the ramp and shore, they were both mobbed by well wishers and deservedly so.
While they were being presented to the crowd on the main stage, the Open and F2 Men took their places on the beach.
This was another World Title that could go the way of 2 race winner Chris Stout, but not if Peter Procter had anything to do with it.
All boats left the starting area cleanly and all Mens skiers were absolutely hauling, going down the first 2 untouched pieces of water.
Rounding the crowd’s corner for the first time, it became evident that this was going to be a hum-dinger of a race between these Champs. Stouty with a World Title at stake and Peter trying to get a large enough gap between the two of them, to nullify the previous winning results of Chris’s.
Chris was not playing into Peters hands though, with everything to gain and nothing to lose as he pulled out around ½ a rope length.
Troy Hooker was still in the mix, though dropping back further each lap. He was still in 3rd place though.
99 Psycho Clowns F1 had trouble going up the very first straight, with Great Britain’s Russel Cox in tow and retired from the race.
In the F2 Class, it was Team Weaver, followed by Grant Turner and Daniel Cotton behind Team 50, that were really flying.
Grant Turner wasn’t going to be out skied though and within a few laps, had caught and passed TWR.
Stouty, this lap, pulled his lead out to a rope length now. ..Then 2 as Pete got traffic in his way. The inside pole is a huge advantage in racing this close.
In F2 It was now Grant Turner and Target in the lead by just metres, from Team Weaver, 373, 73 and Bernico Racing.
Still Kid’n, leader of the 2nd wave, towing Dave Vansteelant of Begium, were already 24 seconds down on the first wave.
The leaders broke into 2 distinct 1st & 2nd and 3rd & 4th battles, with Andy Anderson and Daniel Cotton trying desperately to out maneuver each other for the minors.
Crowds were treated to a fly by of twin 99 Psycho Clowns outboards, racing each other, towing both Alioune Cisse from France and Richard Kirk from Great Britain.
Weaver Racing managed to get up on the inside pole of Target this time and had pulled up a rope length from the advantage. Peter Procter had pulled up a ropes length on Stouty too and was right besides him. A lesson in never giving up.
At the 24 minute mark we saw Stout, again with the lead, pulling away from Peter.
The current provisionals had the leaders as Open – Chris Stout, Peter Procter, Troy Hooker.
F2 – Mark Weaver, Grant Turner, Daniel Cotton.
At almost 29 minutes it was Stout with a commanding lead. In F2 Daniel Cotton had caught Pidge/ Target and looked like he was off after Weaver.
Chris Stout had built a lead of 10 seconds up from Peter, with Troy still in 3rd. Over the next 10 minutes Peter made up 4, then another 2 seconds, and by the end of it, was up beside Stout, challenging him again.
In F2 the lead boat was Team Weaver, with 4 or 5 rope lengths, from Target, with Atomic slipping back a fair bit on that lap.
Unbelievably, just laps later it was Turner again, leading by a country mile, with just 15 minutes left.
6 and ½ minutes to go and the Stout vs’ Procter battle showed no chance of letting up. Each of them kept taking then losing a full, then half rope length on each other. This was some epic World Titles racing.
Lap times saw the quickest laps at the time in Open to be Stout with 2:24, while in F2 it was Pidge in 2:34.
With only 2 more laps to go, the Commentary Team erupted with excitement as Marcus Cranny piloted Tru Blue up the inside of Stouty, and they were now a rope length up.
The Blue flag was up as the battles continued.
Fighting it out right to the finish buoy, it was Peter Procter and Tru Blue across first, followed by Burnin’ towing Christopher Stout. The crowd of the bank erupted in cheers, as they’d just watched some great head to head racing. Third place went to Troy Hooker from the USA.
Unfortunately, the driving by Marcus was called into scrutiny, by 5 different on course judges and he was given a 1% penalty for each. This brought them back to 2nd place and Chris Stout was awarded the title of 2011 Open Mens World Champion.
In F2 Class first place went to the crew from Target, towing Grant ‘Pidge’ Turner. 2nd placing went to a valiant Team Weaver, towing Mark Weaver, and 3rd place went to Daniel Cotton behind, Atomic Boats. It was an all Aussie affair.
This meant that the final round of racing would see a race for honours between these super athletes and others waiting to swoop, should any mistakes be made.
At the end of the day, congratulations went to Christopher Stout and Burnin’, Noel Griffin, Mick Kelly, for winning the Open Mens World Title.
This made a bit of history as well, with Chris being the first skier ever to win a Junior, F2, and Open World Title.
Another to be congratulated was Team Stinga, with Greg Houston and Kevin Boylan, towing Jack Houston to his 2nd Junior World Title, as well as becoming the first skier to ever achive that in the sport’s history too.
Kelsey Feros continued her domination of the Junior Girls class and with a clear sweep of wins, securing her first World Title. Prima Donna, crewed by her ‘proud as punch’ Dad Nick, and Brett Armstrong, performed brilliantly to come in for the win.
Below are the final national team points
The official results from round 4 of the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships circulated by Meryl Lee are posted below. Below that are the final results after all four round of racing.
GB Team Captain sum’s up the last race of the World Championships for 2011
Katelin Wendt becomes 2011 Womens Open World Champion
Leanne Campbell becomes F2 Womens World Champion
Grant Turner becomes F2 Mens World Champion
- Australia wins 5 out of 6 World Championship titles
- Jack Houston wins the 4th round Junior Boys & is 1st back-to-back Jnr World Champion
- Chris Stout first person to ever win world titles in Junior Boys, F2 and Open Mens
Action in Mens round 4 as Stout suffers leg problem to allow Procter to take lead. Procter fell & Stout retained the front spot and win the race giving him four out of four race wins this week.
Grant Turner and Mark Weaver were battling it out in F2 to win the world title when Weaver ‘stopped’ for a short while (still remaining in 2nd) allowing Turner to extend his lead and win the world title.
All racing is now over and the full list of world champions is
Mens Open: Chris Stout
Junior Boys: Jack Houston
Junior Girls: Kelsey Feros
Open Womens: Katelin Wendt
F2 Womens: Leanne Campbell
F2 Mens: Grant Turner
Great Britian’s’Team Captain Barry Frame has issued the following update on Team GB competing at the World Championships
Junior Boys World Champion – Belgium 2009
Junior Boys World Champion – Australia 2011
You’ve proved your point Jack!
The grid positions for round 4 on Saturday were circulated by Meryl Lee.
Below are the official results circulated by Meryl Lee for Round 3.
Since this post was published, the OFFICIAL results from round 3 have been posted here.
Wade Bennett provides this full report of round two racing at Moreton Bay.
Sunrise saw the arrival of Race number #2 of the 17th World Championships. It revealed a completely different wind and water combination, which was going to involve much more high speed racing.
Peter Van Gastel of Belgium has pulled together the multiple result sheets produced from the first two rounds of racing at Moreton Bay in an easy to read 2-page summary of who has how many points after two races.
Wade Bennett provides this full report of round one racing at Moreton Bay.
The Opening Ceremony and Welcoming to all competitors, sponsors and spectators, changed from its original route to the Settlement Cove Park Theatre, due to a heavy storm and was held in the VIP tents instead. All attending, were treated to speeches, music, athlete, judge & team introductions.
The traffic at skirace.net certainly goes into overdrive during world championship events and below are the stats for the last week which peaked at over 15,000 on race day 1 & 2. Only half way into the month and already the hits are over 60,000. for September so it’s likely we will see 100,000 hits by the end of the month.
Because Round 1 was cancelled on Saturday due to high winds, the professional camera crew were not available to attend the unscheduled day of racing on Sunday.
SEPTEMBER 11: MEDIA RELEASE from race organsiers: The Australian World Waterski Racing Team have kicked off their 2011 campaign in dominant fashion, winning five of the six classes in today’s championship opener, off the shores of Pelican Park, near Redcliffe, Queensland.
Round 1: Sunday 11th September
Since this post was made, the OFFICIAL results have been published here
Those who logged on to the live feed before Round 1 was about to start will know that the quality was excellent, with sound and a chat facility for those watching to discuss things.
SEPTEMBER 10 MEDIA RELEASE: In a difficult decision for event officials, race one of the 2011 World Waterski Racing Championships was postponed 24 hours today, with the Women’s F1 and F2 classes scheduled to start at 8:00am tomorrow.
With over 1.5 metre waves on the course and due to safety concerns the racing has been called off until tomorrow 8am. Thanks everyone for your patience, but the Safety Officer has deemed it too dangerous to go ahead today.
Racing held up by winds, starting very soon. Hope that everyone is enjoying the live feed.
The organisers of the 2011 Worlds have planned to provide a live broadcast of the racing. We have no information on times & dates but suggest you keep checking on the official web site here.
Details of the 8 national teams listed with their flags below and the individual teams within each are now available online here
I caught up with Australia’s Dave Bishop to talk about the 2011 worlds in this 20minute phone interview.
The Force Factory is excited about the 2011 Worlds as they watch no less than 10 Australian Teams doing their races with a Force.
Force wants to congratulate the following Force teams and wish them every success in the big event:
In a generous and warmly received donation towards the success of the 17th World Water Ski Racing Championships, Mercury Outboards have generously donated an $18,000, 150hp Mercury Optimax Outboard motor, for someone to win !
There are a maximum of 2000 tickets to go on sale @ only $10 a ticket, or $100 for an entire book of ten.
The winner of this fantastic prize will be drawn at the World Titles Closing Ceremony on September 18th.
All proceeds will go towards the running of the World Titles, which are proudly sponsored by the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
If you would like to help join in the success of Queensland’s 1st ever World Titles and would like to help sell, or indeed purchase some tickets, please contact Eloise Anderson @ email@example.com
Many of the Australian Team Members also have a book of tickets to sell.
The 17th World Water Ski Racing Championships will be held @ Pelican Park, Redcliffe, Qld, from the 9th – 18th September.
For more info and event details please go to www.skiracingworlds.com.au
The 2nd official bulletin for the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships is now available below.
New Zealand Team Captain Greg Dutton is proud to announce the New Zealand Team to travel to Moreton Bay for September’s World Championships
F1 Women: Adelaide Cox
F2 Women: Jordan Bradley
Olivia van Deursen
Junior Girls: Columbia Cox
Junior Boys: Mitchell Horan
Mens F2: Ben Mayne
Team Captain: Greg Dutton
Team Manager: Paul Hammond
The team that will represent Australia at the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships is:
The web site for the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships was launched last year. This is where you should find all team details, race reports, results and other information for the big event.
As a reminder the URL is www.skiracingworlds.com.au and remember you can sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the front page and join the 2011 Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/skiracingworlds
British Team Captain Darren Kirkland has announced the British Water Ski Racing Team that will represent GB at the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships in Australia.
The USA has announced their team for the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships.
Moreton Bay, Queensland, was the setting for the Event 6 of the Australian World’s Team Selection Races.
The action continues tomorrow from 9am.
Please find attached the Results and Current Points Standings.
A promotional airfare is available for Europeans travelling to Brisbane. Cathay Pacific have a lead in air fare from £797.00 departing from London Heathrow.
Please find attached the Hospitality and Social Events booking form for the 17th World Championships.
Confirmation due by July 31st 2011.
* Please refer to the PDF for prices. *
VIP Corporate Hospitality
Enjoy this unique event and it’s racing up close and personal and in style with our VIP Corporate Hospitality.
Located on the waterfront you will have the ultimate viewing of the racing for the 4 racing days.
Our VIP Corporate Hospitality package includes, buffet lunch, soft drinks and water, tea and coffee in the comfort of the VIP marquee with inside and outside seating.
Beer, wine and spirits will be available at bar prices.
You will also be treated to guest speakers attending the VIP marquee throughout the event and free pit access.
* Bookings Close 31st July 2011
The official final presentation of the 2011 World Waterski Racing Championships will take place on site at Pelican Park.
Enjoy a sit down buffet lunch on the foreshore with official proceedings closing the event.
Buffet lunch included with ticket entry fee, drinks at bar prices.
Competitors and teams entry is free, however booking is essential. (Competitors and teams will need to produce their event credentials at the venue to gain free access)
*Friends, family and guest passes available via this form.
**Competitor and team passes are strictly non transferable.
* Bookings Close 31st July 2011
Official After Party
The 2011 World Waterski Racing Championship Official After Party will be held on site Saturday 17th of September, 7pm to 12am.
Unwind Saturday night after the inaugural World Waterski Racing Championship in Queensland.
You will be treated to finger food, soft drinks and water, live music, entertainment and more!
This event will be held in our VIP Corporate Hospitality Marquee on the waterfront.
* Bookings Close 31st July 2011.
Confirmations may be faxed, emailed or posted to the below details.
For all enquiries and bookings please contact:
Southside Promotions Pty Ltd 5 Woolboard Rd, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Ph: 03 9646 6922 Fax: 03 8612 3623 firstname.lastname@example.org
World Titles Marquee Garage bookings are essential.
** Limited number available.**
Marquee garages are powered, have lighting and enclosed.
Allocation of garages will be on a first in first served basis.
Marquee garages will be available from Wednesday7th September to Sunday 18th September.
Garage Marquee booking cut off date is 31st July 2011.
Please fax, email or post in your booking to Southside Promotions on the attached details.
Southside Promotions Pty Ltd
5 Woolboard Rd Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Ph: 03 9646 6922 Fax: 03 8612 3623
Here is the event schedule for the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships:
Below is Bulletin 1 for the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships.
The Official Hotel for the World Championships is the MON KOMO, located on the beach at Redcliffe. 99 Marine Parade Redcliffe.
This is a 5 minute drive from the race site.
The Hotel consists of hotel and multi room apartments.
All bookings need to be done through Peta Smail her email is email@example.com
Rick Love says ‘ I cannot express how much I think it is important for the whole Australian Team to stay together.’
‘ There has been a lot of discussion regarding accommodation, there is an Official Hotel and all Team officials will be staying there as well as International Competitors. To create a great Team environment as we had in Belgium I think it would be great if we were all in the same location.’
Welcome to the second Bulletin. The final of the selection series is drawing closer and the Team is nearing its completion.
Australian Worlds Selection Entry Form for races 6 & 7 at Moreton Bay and Current Pointscore Standings.
Please see attached points spreadsheet, please remember that you drop your worst two results, including a none start, none enter, did not finish and even a finish with a points result. It is your worst two results regardless of what they may be.
The 1st official bulletin for the 17th World Water Ski Championships to be held at Moreton Bay Australia is due to be released very soon.
World Selection # 3 Results, Lap Times and up to date Point Standings
World Selection # 4 Results, Lap Times and up to date Point Standings
The entries are due tomorrow Thursday 17 March 2011 for the Australian World Selection Races at Botany Bay.
Click below to download the World Selection Entry Form.
Further details, Intention to compete forms and entry forms are available now @ your State’s website or on here @
Moreton Bay World’s Course Trial Day pictorial, combining the photography of Linda Keys, Mick Kelly, Geoff Anderson & Wade Bennett, to catch all of the boats and crews in action.
A little taste of one of the 2011 World Titles courses, during the Open Mens & F2 Mens, at the September course trial day, Moreton Bay Queensland.
Mick Kelly of www.skiracing.com writes; The World’s Course Trial Day at Redcliffe certainly lived upto its name, with some major trials being encountered.
Wade Bennett reports on yesterday’s race at the 2011 Worlds trial course in QLD, Australia: Big crowds witnessed some great Racing on Moreton Bay for the World Titles Course trial day yesterday. Well done to Chris Stout WC’03’07 and the Burnin’ crew for taking out Open Mens in the race of the day.
The 2011 World Water Ski Racing World Championships will be held September 6 -18 in picturesque Moreton Bay, Queensland.
Queensland Ski Racing is arranging an opportunity on 12 Sept 2010 for teams to see the 2011 World Championships Venue and race on one of the courses.
Click here or on the screenshot below to download full details and the entry form.
The official web site for all 2011 Worlds info is www.skiracingqueensland.com.au
The 2011 World Water Ski Race Championships will be held September 6 -17 in picturesque Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Courtesy of Mick Kelly who runs Let’s Talk Ski Racing in Australia, here is some brief info.
It is rumoured that Queensland, Australia will get to host the 2011 World Championships. As that has never happened before it will be a great change to see the event in the sunshine state.
Queensland, Victoria and NSW Australia are all expected to bid for the 2011 World Water Ski Racing Championships.