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Update on Barrie Beehag Ski Race

In a week’s time the Barrie Beehag ski race is set to hit the Mighty Murray River between Deep Creek Marina Moama and Torrumbarry Weir.
There is a navigation restriction in force from 6am to 6pm will be established on the Murray River from 525m upstream of the 1662km River marker to the Torrumbarry Weir. All persons within the vicinity must comply with any directions given by NSW Maritime Officer or Police Office. No unauthorized vessels are permitted to enter the area during these times.
Competitors briefing starts at 7.30am at the top of the boat ramp at Deep Creek Marina. After briefing and competitor breath testing, the boats and crews enter the water, all leaving the marina by 9.30am, making their way to the river behind the start line.
Race Programs are now available in Echuca / Moama.
At around 10am the first boat – Blazen will be the first to leave the start area – it took Blazen 11:47 minutes in 2009 to make it to the Torrumbarry turnaround. Will they better their time this year or will the next boat away Hellrazor towing Peter Proctor and Daniel Campbell do a better time? Or one of the other Superclass teams such as Blowncash, Sapphire Racing, Recoverys Reflection, Gassa, Elm Street, Hellbent or 99 Psycho Clowns F1 – take the prize for the fastest time to the turnaround point.
Class 2, the Unlimited Inboard and Outboard class will be led by Temper towing skiers Gerard Atkins and Troy Barens.
8 Litre – Class 3 will see Sportspage lead the way – this team have been consistent performers in the Barrie Beehag event over the years and it will be interesting to see how they perform on the water this weekend, towing seasoned skiers Steve Rowe and Nathan Glynn.
Class 4 is MOC Expert with Thundernut leading the way towing Brett Dominguez and Anthony Pickles over the other 10 boats in this class.
6 Litre Expert – Class 5 is the biggest class of the day with 20 entries will see Ultra Trouble Maker lead the way towing Jason Cartledge and Grant Turner.
Class 6 is SMOC Expert with Sonic Boats towing Aidan Rowe and Brendon Brown first on the water for this class.
200HP Outboard is Class 7 – Sky High will lead the 3 other boats in this class, they will be towing Scott Collins and Lisa Clancy.
Under 19 Boys and Girls, will see the boys team of Frantic first off in this class towing Dylan Cuff and Beau Duggan.
Class 9 Junior Boys and Girls (under 16 years of age will see Mac Batchelor and Lloyd Woolman skiing behind Wild Turkey lead the class.
Class 10 is the 70mph class and Supaduck will the lead boat in this very competitive class with Don Haddrell doing the driving.
Class 11 is the last class for the event, with Em4Metal leading the teams away here with Emily Dykas and Isabelle Carlon doing the skiing.
The last boat away is Against the Grain with the Grech family, and they are competing in the 60mph class and they leave at 12:09pm.
Once all of the teams have been accounted for at Torrumbarry Weir, the return journey can start.
During racing, results will be updated via the Southern 80 twitter –
The Deep Creek Marina area is a family friendly area, with an entry fee of $2 per person or $5 per family. Drinks and food will be available in the area, along with merchandise for sale, face painting and a great shady area to watch the action unfold on the river.
The event is conducted by the Moama Water Sports Club in conjunction with Murray Rivers Edge and Deep Creek Marina Hotel.
The 2012 Club Marine Southern 80 is to take place on 10th, 11th & 12th February 2012 Entry forms for this event will be available online at from Friday 18th November These entries close on Saturday 31st December 2011.
For further information regarding this event, you can visit the Southern 80 web page and follow the links to the BB Ski Race Classic or phone the Moama Water Sports Club on 0354806754.

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