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New Zealand to Host the World Water Ski Racing Championships again in 2015

New Zealand to Host the World Water Ski Racing Championships again in 2015

23 Apr 2014

New Zealand has been announced as the Country to Host the World Water Ski Racing Championships in 2015.

The New Zealand Water Ski Racing Association is proud and very excited to announce that New Zealand will be the host country for the 2015 World Water Ski Racing Championships. Wellington will be the host city for next year’s champs that will be held from April 8th – 19th 2015. This is the second time that New Zealand has ever hosted the world titles after a very successful event was held in Rotorua and Taupo in 2007.

The World Champs will bring together the worlds’ best ski racers to compete for 6 titles including Men’s Formula 1 and 2, Women’s Formula 1 and 2 and Junior (Under 17) Boys and Girls. Teams and their boats are expected from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Spain and USA. Skiers will create quite a spectacle and are expected to reach speeds in excess of 160KPH on the Wellington harbour courses based around Oriental and Evan’s Bays.

The teams will compete in 4 rounds over the course of a week, with a day on, day off schedule and the competitors having their 3 best results count towards the world titles. The Junior skiers ski for 30 minutes plus one lap with the Women for 45 minutes and the Men for 1 hour respectively.

The last worlds were held in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain in September 2013 and were dominated by Australia. New Zealand picked up a Silver and 5th from Mitchell Horan and Natalia Flexman respectively who competed in the Junior categories. Both Horan and Flexman along with many others hope to be selected again to represent their country in front of home nation support along with a much larger New Zealand Team.

Both the Event and the New Zealand Team are in need of Sponsorship and should you wish to be involved in any way please email or call Bevan on 027 667 9858 Our website and facebook page will be the main source for updates and event information.

Brad Dutton.

2013 Berri 90 Water Ski Race – Entries Now Open !

The 2013 Berri 90 Water Ski Race is going to held on the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd.

Entry forms are now available and can be downloaded here.

** Entries close Friday 11th October.

2013 Feros Hotels Sydney Bridge to Bridge Entries Now Open !

The Feros Hotel Group, 2013 Sydney Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Race is on again !

Please go to to find out more about one of the greatest ski races in the World.

The annual Bridge to Bridge Ski Race is one of the longest running and most prestigious ski racing events in the Southern Hemisphere.
This race will be conducted on 23rd & 24th November, 2013 and runs for some 112km on the Hawkesbury River, from mouth of the River to Windsor in Western Sydney

• This event is conducted under the SRA Rules
for the 2013 – 14 season. The NSWWSF Ltd reserves the right to refuse entry to any competitor.

• Entries close Friday, 11th October 2013 and must be completed online on the Bridge to Bridge website.

• Pre Race scrutineering, if required, and collection of Race Packages on Friday 22nd
November 11:00 am

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Feros Hotel Group

6:00pm at Governor Phillip Park Windsor

• RaceSafe H2O
: Competitors are required to pick up a RaceSafe H2O kit from Governor Phillip Park on Friday
.You will be supplied with the unit, briefed on how to fit it and instructed on how to use the device.

• Briefing for Saturday Events will be held at Sackville Gardens commencing 7:00am. Full details will be published in the Briefing Sheets supplied to all competitors and published on the website.

• Sunday Briefing Sheets will be supplied to all competitors and published on the above website.

• The Hawkesbury Hotshots is a time trial to decide the start positions for Sunday’s Super Class, Unlimited Inboard & Unlimited Outboard.

One Hell of a race at the Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Water Ski Race

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In ideal Spring like ski racing conditions, the Hellrazor team have won back to back Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 ski races in a dominating weekend for the crew.
Not only did they win the Sackville Sprint, missing Stinga’s 2009 record of 09.23mins, by just 2 seconds. Team Hell backed it up on the Sunday, with an outright win, 1st in Super Class and once again, they were just seconds off their own 2007 record of 41:08mins.
Peter Procter and Jason Walmsley skied hard and showed their river racing dominance will be continuing this season, for others to chase and aspire to.
Superman could not emulate their 2009 & 2011 wins and were relegated to 2nd place on both days, towing Daniel Graziano and James Buser.
3rd went to Merc Force in the fast conditions both days too. Daniel Cotton and Kris Knights are teaming up for this season and showed they can keep the others honest behind Don Gulley’s super quick Force boat.
Sapphire Racing, the Velocity/ Mercury package towing Tom Smith and Aaron McQualter, came flying home on the Sprint course to register 4th place.
5th outright Saturday went to Ben Hackett and Jack Houston, skiing from the Unlimited Inboard class. The young guns flew home, but just missed Agitator’s 2011 record by 2 seconds.

The weekend’s racing started with the Social Classes though and in Unlimited Social the win went to Bad Temper ( the Everingham Temper ), towing Jason Jones and Darryn Williams. It was great to see the old girl back on the water and on top of the dias again.
MOC Social was taken out by the flying Cyclone, Running Riot, towing Kane Marks and Ben Jefree. 2nd place went to the crew of Electric Shock.
F2 World Champions, Brent Wisemantel and Andrew Fyfe, crewed Team 50 to a win and record in Formula 2 Social, towing Jesse Burns and Dale Jamison. 99PC Team 4 were nipping at their heels, as were Top Gun F2, taking out 2nd and 3rd placings in the class.
SMOC Social saw identical times to the half way point for Hardback Racing and Slab. Kevin Dahlberg must have driven his heart out on the way home, as the HardBack Racing team came out the winner by just 5 seconds, missing the record time by just 14/100ths of a second. Robbie Skennerton and John Cartledge did the hard work out the back, just as did, Slab’s skiers Travis Patterson and Adam Forgacs. 3rd place went to Hornet Racing towing Joel Hore and Jarryd Tannenberg.
In the Women’s Social class, Dave Bishop guest drove Still Sparkin’ to a great win, towing Cara Procter and tayla Stent. 2nd went to Resident Evil towing Sarah Brooks and Amber Lees, just 31 seconds back. The Force trifecta went to Andy Smith’s Wild Thing, towing Jacqui Cadden and Stephanie Barens.
Loosin’ it had an all the way win in Stock 6 Litre, towing Michael Rodgers and Brendon Fogarty.
The Under 200hp Class is always close. Tony Mithen had his little green LabSport flying along to wipe nearly 2 whole minutes off the record. Mac Batchelor and Rhys Duggan did the hard work out the back to take it from No Fear, with Iceman unfortunately not making it home to claim 3rd.
70mph class saw the Roughnutz guys take the win, towing John Davies and Adam Jones. 2nd in the class went to The Irrigator, just 1 second slower on the way home, after identical upward leg times.
60mph Social is always a big class and this year didn’t disappoint. Natalie and Jason Martin’s Bullseye took back to back wins, but unfortunately Ross O’Brien and Aaron Beckhaus didn’t beat last years time on their home water. 2nd place went to the Broken Arrow crew, with Paul and Darryl Weir skiing and 3rd was Harrasment towing Brayden and Jacinta Harris.

The Veterans class was Danny Cropper and Rick Love’s to lose. They had pole position behind Hellbent, on absolutely flat water and boy, did they make the most of it. Although they didn’t beat the record time, both would have enjoyed themselves immensely, I’m sure. 2nd place went to the cheeky little boat, Smithy 2 racing, towing Tim and Jon Horbury and rounding out 3rd position were Chris Bennett and Robert Williams behind G6.
In an absolutely inspiring effort, Alex Handley, although missing a start, composed himself to not only, still beat the Disabled record by 3 seconds, but to hit an amazing 103mph on the course, behind Tiger Force racing.
His time was second fastest only to Hellbent in Veterans.
Senior Social was won by Melissa Parker and Lisa Nutley behind ASM.
Under 16 Social saw all 4 crews finish. Emma Barnes and Alyssa Long skied behind Critta and came in for the win. Korrupt was next home towing Brooke Hammond and Grace Savona and Georgia Coaldrake and Rochelle King came home in 3rd behind Coldy’s. 4th was Extreme Meltdown.
In the under 13 Social Blaze Branson and Riley Fogarty won the class by a country mile behind Teachers Pet. Air Force 1 were next home towing Lachlan and Ethan Brown and in 3rd place were Beau and Topaz Edwards-Dart behind the cheeky Labsport Medusa.
It was great to see Nellie McMillan skiing in under 10s behind Mum & Dad, carrying on the great McMillan ski racing dynasty. Nellie won by just 29 seconds from Merc Force towing Travis Pick and Atomic towing young Max Cotton into 2nd and 3rd place.

As mentioned earlier the Sackville Sprint was taken out commandingly by the Hellrazor Team, missing the record by just 2 seconds.
Superman were the next boat to round the final corner and Daniel Graz and James Buser skied themselves into 2nd place. Merc Force, Sapphire Racing and Blazen were the next finishers in the Sprint, with only Burnin’ not completing the course. It was in this order that they finished.
For the first time this year, a new sprint opportunity became available to all competitors, to improve their starting position in their class on Sunday, and to also give crews another chance to race over the weekend, on the shorter Sackville – Windsor course. It proved to be a hit !
There were still the Unlimited Inboard/ Outboard racers too, all fighting to get a great starting position.
Stinga Racing took out the fastest time clocking exactly 10 minutes. Close behind were Wild Thing, the ultra quick 6 litre, Ultra Troublemaker, Temper (Force), Cyclone Racing 2, TopShot, Blown Inheritance, Hellbent, Gotta Go and Prima Donna.
All crews retired for the afternoon after the Presentation, to plan strategies, prepare their gear and swap ‘what if’ stories, before Sunday’s racing.

The morning of the Hi-Tec Oils H120 ski race, the same dead still conditions were present, as was the heavy morning fog. It lifted and burned off with the morning sun, as competitors readied themselves for an ‘on time’ start and yet another glorious sunny Sydney day.
Mark Cranny launched Hellrazor out of the water on ‘Go!’ and within seconds their superstar skiers had their arms in the air and said ‘catch us if you can !..’ to the other crews.
One by one all crews, right through to 60mph, faced the starter and headed off to Wiseman’s Ferry halfway point.
When the spray settled it was once again Hellrazor in a commanding position outright, and ready to rumble on the way home.
At the finish line, the crowd were treated to live Hi-Tec Oils boat demonstrations, both on and off the water, as well as all of the static stalls covering the Marine Stadium.
The Top End Sprint’ was run for the Powerboat racers, from Sackville to Windsor, with a huge variety of race boats taking part and keeping the crowds entertained.
Word came through that all crews had been given their 10 minute siren at Wisemans and were preparing for the trip home.
Could Team Hell do it again ? Would Jason Walmsley remain the most decorated outright athlete in the race’s history ? ….All would soon be answered.
The anticipation built back at Windsor as the first Super Class boats were nearing home.
Everyone rushed to the grassy banks in time to see Mark Cranny, Damien Matthews, Jason Walmsley & Peter Procter come screaming around the final corner and up the last straight on full trim, to record the time to beat.
Try as they may, Superman was relegated to 2nd place and Merc Force 3rd, in Super Class. Team Hell had done it again ! 41.32 minutes to finish the longest 2Up river race in Australia.
Stinga had some trouble starting the boat at Wisemans Ferry, but got everything back in order and on track and they still won Unlimited Inboard in a time of 44:25mins. Wild Thing towed Jared Coey and Justin Cadden in to 2nd place, with Temper (Gerard Atkins, Zac Burns) in 3rd place.
In Unlimited Outboard, 1st place went to Cyclone Racing 2 towing Steven Berry and Craig Gordon to a back to back win. Watersports Marine placed 2nd and Ballistic Still came 3rd.
Super Slak Racing won 8 litre and took over 1min 40 off the record, towing Dylan Stevenson and Zac Welch. It was another Speedmaster hull, Carlton Dry Racing, that took out 2nd place by just 2 seconds from Pure Evil.
One of the most incredible 6 litre boats ever raced, Scott Nind’s Ultra Troublemaker, won the class and broke the record by over a minute, placing 8th outright. Skiers Ray Ball and Tyron Naismith beat home Joel Massey and Chris Bennett easily, behind Nothin’ But, to take the win.
The MOC class was also won in an amazing new record time, by Evinrude Ace Racing. The guys took 3:50mins off Twisted’s previous time ! Congratulations go out to their skiers Shane Floyd and Darren Reilly. That must have been a tough day at the office ! 2nd in MOC was Running Riot and 3rd went to Cyclone Raicey.
In Formula 2 it was great to see Miss Force and Team 50 go head to head in one of the biggest classes of the weekend. They both beat the record, with Miss Force coming home the faster of the two. 3rd placing went to Brimstone Racing towing Curtis Horbury and Donald Baker.
The Under 19 Boys class was won by Jack Heather and Sam Handley, behind Tiger Force racing, followed in 2nd place by Out Numbered towing Jamie Moret and Brayden Jameson.
Slab won the SMOC class by only 10 seconds from Hardback Racing. 3rd was Commited towing Ethan Davitt and Ryan Campbell.
Under 16 Boys saw Dave Coldy’s brand new Revolution hull, Warspeed, come home with the gold, towing Jack Coaldrake and Luke Harrison. 2nd Went to Bree Turner and Ben Moret behind Knackers and 3rd went to Meltdown.
In the Open Womens class Resident Evil towed Sarah Brooks and Amber Lees to a great win. Trudi Stout and Madeleine Brien registered a time, just 6 seconds back from them, to come in 2nd behind Ring of Fire. Gambler towed Madison Smith and Stephanie Barens home for a 3rd placing.
Loosin’ It took over a minute off the Stock 6 Litre record, towing Michael Rodgers and Brendon Fogarty home in a time of 58:09mins.
Brooke Langham and Crystal Gordon absolutely owned the Under 16 girls class behind Triple 666, leading home Brooke Hammond and Grace Savona, behind Korrupt. After a long time to the half way, it was great to see Holly Prazczalek and Shantelle King claw their way back into 3rd position with Rush.
The Under 19 Girls was won by Extreme Meltdown towing Lucy Savona and Ashlee Cuff. 2nd placed was Living the Dream Racing towing Paige Martin and Reilly Russell.
Noosa’s No Fear team won the under 200hp class, recording almost identical times up and back. They towed Greg Reason and Adam Smidt. Medusa and Messy Racing weren’t far behind, in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Zorro, towing Michael Hall and Jessica Smith, took 16 seconds off Still Kidn’s 2010 record in 70mph. They beat home Team Galaxie (Jason & Scott Whitfield) & Harrasment (Brayden & Aaron Harris), in this large class.
Under 13 Boys was won by Teacher’s Pet after setting identical times as Pop and Me, to Wisemans Ferry. The winning skiers were Riley Fogarty and Blaze Branson and 2nd placed were Carter Robertson and Alex Welch. The hard luck story of the day went to Critta, who made it to Wisemans almost 3 minutes quicker than the eventual winner. Just 50 metres from the finish line one skier lost their handles. It cost them the win, but they still came home 3rd after a gutsy finish that the crowd cheered loudly for.
60 mph saw yet another record tumble, with the crew from Wotdyamean taking 34 seconds off the previous time. 2nd place went to Burn n Wood and 3rd to the Broken Arrow team, in another full class.
The new ‘RaceSafe’ tracking system was used throughout the weekend and after a few hiccups, all reports and feedback from those that experienced it at home, on the bank, or in the boats was largely positive.
The Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Committee would like to thank everyone connected in so many different ways, that helped to pull together an exciting new H120. Thank you especially to those that spent their whole weekend sweeping the river for logs and manning the rescue boats. We all really appreciate it.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Hi-Tec Oils for their continued support of SRNSW and your major sponsorship of our events.

2013 Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Ski Classic Entry Form and Entry Details.

2013 Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Ski Race
24 & 25 August 2013

The longest 2 Up Ski Classic is back, from Windsor to Wisemans & Return


** Entries close Thursday 25 July 2013 **

They are available to fill in online @

Entries received without payment will not be accepted.
No Refunds will be available after Friday 2 August 2013.

Please read the information sheet for event entry details.

2013 H120 Event Information

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Wade Bennett’s YouTube Australian Ski Racing Movie Channel hits 250,000 views

My Youtube channel ( My i.d. is ” Badlad77 ” ) has clocked over 250,000 views !

Thanks to everyone that has supported the page and of course watched my movies.

I’m up to a total of 332 movies on there now and they range from Old School stuff from 1989 onwards to today.

I have tried to include individual skiers names to the Tags on each applicable movie to help potential sponsors to find footage of you.

If there is a movie of you that I’ve shot and there is no tag, please let me know and I can add it easily.

I’m also able to load unlimited timed movies on my channel, so if you have a movie longer than 20 minutes, feel free to send it to me @

Dont forget to subscribe to my channel, to see the latest movies as they hit the net !

Troy Dolan passes away – Funeral details

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of one of the Old School greats Troy Dolan.

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Troy started racing in the early 80’s behind his Dad Peter’s Bullet, Boss Hogg, and quickly became one of the Super Stars of the sport.
Teaming up with the Action crew, Troy regularly won many titles and awards.

Condolences to Peter, Val & Sonia Dolan and Troy’s two young boys and Cindy and his many friends and extended family at this sad time.

Troy had such a beautiful, gentle and very cheeky soul. By all who knew you – you will be greatly missed. Forever in our hearts!!!

Troy’s Funeral details are, Wednesday 2nd January, 11am at Mulqueen Funeral Directors, Bridge St, Bendigo.

Australian Ski Racing and Marathon Titles Entry Forms and Details.

The Australian Titles will be held at Lake Charm in VIctoria, on Friday 11 – Sunday 13 January 2013 and will be hosted by Ski Racing Victoria.

Click for a full listing of the Schedule with notes and for a copy of the registration form @ the SRA website @

A different format will be running this year with the event being held over a 3 day weekend.

** Entries close Wednesday 2nd January 2013.

Entry Form and Schedule of Events are available to download, also from the SRV website.

Entries can be submited by:

Mail: SRV Secretary , PO Box 2017, West Essendon, VIC. 3040
Fax: 03 8616 9337
Scan and email:

Please ensure that you have read the notes on the entry form as to the numbers of classes you can enter, the costs, late fees and briefings.

Skiers may nominate in one Age Division (i.e. Age & or Open), Social Men or Women, One Engine class
and One Marathon Class.

Raceday Registration period from 7:30am until 8:30am each day when all competitors for the day are
required to attend for brethalysing and skier helmets will be checked.

A Roster system will be put in place to assist with running of the event. All people entered will be added to the roster and expected to help out when required. Please check the website for the roster Wednesday prior to the event to find out when you are rostered on. If you can’t volunteer during the allocated time you will be expected to find a replacement or you will not race. By entering you accept this condition of entry.

* Facebook event page @

HellRazor wins the Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 – Full Report


The first race of the 2012-2013 Super Series’ was an action packed success, with close racing in all classes all weekend and lots of record times absolutely obliterated.

The Sydney Sun gods were smiling, rewarding competitors with smoother water and low winds.

The race program introduced a few different skiers & boat combinations for this season, as well as some brand spanking new boats, never seen raced before.

As such the gossip on the bank was running in overdrive. Who would it be that takes it out ?

The Sackville Shootout, a 33km race for Sunday’s pole positions, from Sackville to Windsor, was a race that came down to a 1 second gap over the finish line between last year’s winner Superman and Queensland’s Blazen towing current F2 World Champion Grant Turner and Nth Qld’s Mark Weaver.

Stepping up into Super Class, after a few years of domination in the Unlimited Inboard class, was Darren Stewart and his super quick boat Agitator. Towing Kris Knights and Justin Cadden, the guys really kept the front 2 boats honest, finishing just 16 seconds back, beating their Unlimited record time by 4 seconds. ..Cant wait to see the new Force in action !

Following in 4th place was Hellrazor, towing Super Class newcomer Jake Tegart and former World Champion Jason ‘Zig’ Walmsley. Sapphire, the Mistress, Hellbent, the B, Elm Street and Top Gun rounded out the top 10 Super Class entrants, all within 1 minute of the winning time.

Saturday morning the racing started from 9am and the Social Class crews raced from Windsor to Sackville and return, followed by the Sackville to Windsor only, Veterans, Juniors and Disabled.

There were a lot of standout performances, with the MOC record being lowered by around a minute by the team from Cyclone Warning. Mitch Mulcahy and Jake Vanzetta also nabbed the race record in the Formula 2 social, behind 99 Psycho Clowns Team 4. Kylee Jones and Stephanie Barens skied their hearts out behind Andy Smith’s brand new Force hull, Wild Thing, to knock around a minute of Kylee (and Ann Procter’s) 2008 record in Womens. The Noosa Heads based team No Fear won and set a new record in the 200hp class.
Sunday dawned, with crowds building quickly, ready for the 9am blast off. Once again there were fantastic, still conditions greeting competitors.

Superman had earned the pole position and the instant the flag dropped, you could see that it was going to be the same ‘catch us if you can’ attitude, as the year before. The Superman skiers, Daniel Graziano and Daniel Cotton were pumped and waving for more almost as soon as they surfaced.

Agitator followed them from the start area with the same gusto, the boat launching out of the water when Darren floored it.
The rest of the crews left with only a few problems and the crowd waited expectedly for the half way mark results to come over the PA.

When the spray settled it was Mark Cranny’s Hellrazor, with a mere 9 seconds over Agitator. Another 30 seconds back was Superman, followed closely by Hellbent and The Mistress, just 1 second apart.

The first of the Unlimited Inboard boats took the next placing, with Stinga, towing Jnr World Champion Jack Houston and superstar Ben Hackett a further 3 seconds back.

The race isn’t all about Super Class and the other classes saw some really quick ½ way efforts, which they hoped to emulate on the way home.

Back at the Start/ Finish line, the crowds were being entertained by some awesome Powerboat races by the UHPBC, as well as checking out the myriad of trade display tents.

With the news that the first boat had left Wisemans Ferry, they quickly returned to a great vantage point on the Marine Stadium banks. The anticipation increased as the commentators updated the crowd as boats passed thru iconic Hawkesbury river marker points.
The racing was as tight as it gets between the crews of Hellrazor and Agitator.

As the crowd surged to the water’s edge, Hellrazor came screaming around the last corner pulling some really big numbers and big trim and looked like they may have the race by the horns. As they slowed after the line the crowd was alerted to another boat appearing around the corner. It was Agitator and Darren and the boys were pulling every last bit of horsepower out of the mighty PFM motor !

Try as they may, it was to be Team Hell’s day though, with the smallest of margins, just 4/100ths of a second separating them after 120kms.

3rd in Super Class went to last year’s winner Superman, followed by The Mistress.

The Unlimited Class was an all the way win for Team Stinga Racing, followed by Andrew Griffin and Richard Souwer behind Burnin’. Andy Smith’s new twin turboed Wild Thing, towed Joel Massey and Jared Coey into 3rd place.

The Under 19 Boys was won by Stalker, towing Jamie Moret and Mitch Horan, even after one of the boys lost their balance doing a bunny hop for the crowd and lost their handles at the start.

The Edge won the 6 Litre class towing Reece Wood and Johnathon Earl, missing the record by just 9 seconds.

A new record was created by the super quick Cyclone Racing 2 in Unlimited Outboard. Towing Aaron Sawtell and Craig Gordon the guys stripped a massive 7 minutes off the previous record time.

8 Litre class saw yet another record go in the perfect conditions. Russell Dick and Travis Patterson beating the old mark by 1min 13secs behind Quick Decision.

Running Riot, towing Shane Bru and Steve Beatie took out the MOC class title with an emphatic win, as did Labdance in SMOC class towing Peter Hunter & Shaun Thomas.

Formula 2 class won by the quick Speedmaster boat, Masterstroke. Glenn Campbell towing two Australian 2011 Worlds team members in Kylee Jones and Trudi Stout to a new record.

Interestingly F2 was the fastest of the MOC, SMOC and F2 classes.

The crew from Brute Force won the Stock 6 Litre division convincingly, with a great ski by Brent Whitelaw & Adam Gulliver.
In a hotly contested under 16 boys, Se7en took the honours towing Jack Harrison and Jesse Burns.

The Open Womens class was won by current F2 Womens World Champion Leanne Campbell and 2 x World Champion Tania Teelow, behind Nick Feros’s Prima Donna in 55:53mins.

NSW Boat of the year, Shotgun, towed current Jnr girls World Champion Kelsey Feros and Danielle Coyte to a great victory in the Under 19 girls class, while Crystal Gordon and Jessica Smith paved the way to a win in the Under 16 Girls class behind Raicey.

The 200hp division is always a hotly contested class and this year again it did not disappoint.
Messy Racing, Tony Mithen’s quick little green Victorian LabSport boat came home nearly 3 minutes under the record towing Mac Batchelor and Ross Harris. No Fear and Medusa were 2nd and 3rd respectively and were also under the previous record time.

The 70mph class went to The Secret, towing Daniel & Scott Bothamley.

60mph class was won by Burn N Wood towing Qld champ Caroline Linden, alongside Adam Nolan.

Under 13 boys was won by Big Loll, towing Luke Harrison and Carter Robertson and the Under 13 Girls was won by Brooke Hammond and Emma Barnes behind Thunderstruck, with their proud Dad’s in the boat driving and observing. Critta came in 2nd and Mad Ranga in 3rd place.

The Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 was a resounding success and the Committee, Volunteers, Judges and all others associated with the event are to be congratulated.

Congratulations to Mark Cranny, Damien Matthews and their champion skiers Jason Walmsley and Jake Tegart on your outright win with Hellrazor. It was especially great to see Jake take out his first ever major river title.

He is testament to how hard work and determination are rewarded in this sport.

** Full results pdf’s are @

Kiwis Put The Challenge Out to All Aussies!

Kiwis Put The Challenge Out to All Aussies!

14 Aug 2012

Calling all Aussie Superclass / Unlimited Boat Owners !!


Come to New Zealand and race the most unique and exhilarating race in the world !

Some facts you may not know….

An ALL Aussie TEAM has never won the NZ Bridge to Bridge (or Twin Rivers)

An Aussie DRIVER has never won the NZ Bridge to Bridge (or Twin Rivers)

An Aussie BOAT has never won the NZ Bridge to Bridge (or Twin Rivers)

Yes we know Warlord came from Australia – but No boat has been shipped to NZ for the race and won it !


Come to NZ for this great race.

Dates are:

Twin Rivers – 6th of October

NZ Bridge to Bridge – 27th & 28th of October

Come for both and take out our King of the Rivers as well.

Storage and pick up of the boat from the wharf is sorted, you just get it here we will look after it. * Tow vehicle provided.

Call or email me now.

Brad Dutton

2012 Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic Organising Committee
WK: 0064 7 8494809
MB: 0064 27 4102383

2012 Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Entries Closing Friday 10th August

The 2012 Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Ski Race, held from the 24th-26th August, looks to be a spectacular start to the 2012-2013 Super Series.

The race is an exciting prelude to the new season, with a lot of new boats and crew set-ups set to go hard in the longest 2 up ski race in the world.

Major sponsors Hi-Tec Oils continue their support of Ski Racing NSW, sponsoring the H120 event and we must thank them for their ongoing support.

Last year’s winner Superman, towing Daniel Graziano and Daniel Campbell, took out the Sackville Sprint, Super Class and the race outright last year in a super quick time of 43:10mins.

In doing that it joined Stinga as the only other 2 time winner of the event. Jason Walmsley, Chris Gelle, Daniel Campbell and Daniel Graziano are all gunning to become the first skiers to win the race outright three times.

Stinga’s record from 2010 of 41:25mins is up for grabs and could quite possibly be taken out by the F21 Force Stinga in the Unlimited Inboard division, towing Ben Hackett and Jack Houston. Others from that class will be keeping them honest though, as it has become one of the most hotly contested classes in ski racing.

Friday sees McDonalds, at McGrath’s Hill, hosting both the registration and the Show and Shine in the huge car park area.

The action Saturday starts early, with the Social Class crews racing to Sackville and return from 9AM. Following them from Sackville, back to Windsor, will be the Veterans, Juniors and Disabled classes.

At 1pm the Sackville Sprint and Open Time Trial, sees both the Super Class and Unlimited crews fighting for pole positions for Sunday, as well as the Time Trial, which, from this year, is open to all competitors to enter and experience.

Sunday morning will see the first boats and skiers leave from 9AM and racing to Wiseman’s Ferry. Once all crews have arrived safely, the turnaround begins for the sprint home at approx 12PM.

Spectators at the Governor Phillip Park stadium at Windsor, will be treated to live racing and demonstrations on both Hydroplane boat racers, as well as the jet powered Mud Boats, while they await the races return leg.
It should be really good fun to watch and experience, so make sure you head to Governor Phillip Park, Windsor for the full gamut of action ! ..starts, finishes and half time entertainment !

Presentations both days for all classes will be at approx 3PM.

We look forward to seeing you there !

For entry Forms and Event Details, please go to

Ski Racing NSW Open Day details (July 29th)

Ski Racing NSW will once again be holding a pre season open Day, at the Upper Hawkesbury Powerboat Club, Windsor, on the 29th July.
On this day you can bring your boat and safety gear along to have a scrutineer look over it for the season, do you CPR and First Aid tests, membership forms and more, all in the one day !

Newcomers to this great sport can inquire about the sport and submit your SRA membership forms and find out the requirements to race, while meeting current members, checking out the boats and having a top day !

* Boat Scrutineering – please book a time with John Timbs 9451 3909 or

* License Testing for Drivers & Observers – please book a time with John Timbs on 0431 026124

* First Aid & CPR Course – Please book session times with Naomi Smith – 0437 747538 or

* Membership Renewal – Please download the relevant forms from the SRA website @ and bring with you

* Gear for Sale – If you have any ski gear you would like to sell bring it along

** BBQ – Sausage and Steak sandwiches + cold drinks available **

Any questions regarding the Open Day please call Mark on 0417 656392 or

2012 Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Ski Race Entry Form and Event Details

Please hit the links below to access the Entry Form and Information Details for the 2012 Hi-Tec Oils Hawkesbury 120 Water Ski Race.

** Entries close 10th August.

2012 H120 Entry Form (pdf)

2012 H120 Entry Form (Word)

2012 H120 Entry Information Sheet (pdf)

More information @


Ski Racing Australia’s calendar for the 2012 / 2013 season has been released, with an exciting combination of Classic River Racing, State Point Score competition and Grand Prix’s.

See the attachment below for a full listing of events, including a breakdown for each state.

The calendar is subject to additions and amendment, World Championship Selection dates will be confirmed for the latter half of 2013 upon the confirmation of a venue and date by the IWWF.

If you have any questions, please email or call 0409 418 791.


Sydney 1 Up Bridge to Bridge Draw

The 1 Up Sydney Bridge to Bridge is on this weekend, coinciding with the annual Power Boat race up the mighty Hawkesbury river.

* Hit the link below to view it.

Bridge to Bridge 1up Draw

Best of luck to everyone this year : )

Ski Racing Australia now on Youtube

Ski Racing Australia have opened a Youtube account and have been adding heaps of interviews and races.
Subscribe today to receive the latest movie uploads.

Click here to check out Ski Racing Australia's page

Speedweek Club Marine Southern 80 (Sunday) show, now online to view

After a long wait the Speedweek Club Marine Southern 80 special (the Sunday show) is available to view @

The Beechworth Bakeries Bakers Blitz 2012 is also there to view.

New Movies from Australian Ski Racing from Wade Bennett

Hi All,
I’ve put together a few movies from this season’s racing here in Oz.
Once you’ve watched the movie hit your ‘Back’ button to come back to this page.
As I’m not paid at all for my work, please take the time to click on a Google Ad on my YouTube movies ‘Badlad77’. (the bigger the better!:)
It costs you absolutely nothing more than a single mouse click.
Cheers, hope you enjoy all of these clips.
Wade B )

The top 2012 Southern 80 Water Ski Race Finishes

Hellrazor & Burnin' 2012 Southern 80 Bakers Blitz starts




2011 Open & Formula 2 Men Australian World Titles Team Selection Water Ski Race


2011 Junior Boys & Girls Australian World Titles Team Selection Water Ski Race

Open Men – 1992 Lake Cooper National Water Ski Racing Titles

Superman winning the Mercury Marine H120 Water Ski Race Outright

Sapphire Racing @ 108mph finish 2011 Mercury Marine H120 Water Ski Race

Sudden Force @ 115mph @ 2011 Mercury Marine Hawkesbury 120 Water Ski Race

Firebird @ 108mph finish 2011 Mercury Marine Hawkesbury 120 water ski race


2012 Ski Racing NSW 1 Up Bridge to Bridge entries now open ! ..Dont miss the cut off !

Sunday the 27th May 2012 heralds the 76th running of the Bridge to Bridge Power Boat Race on the picturesque Hawkesbury River.

The Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club will again host the historic Power Boat event and have asked Ski Racing NSW to be a part of the event by holding the Ski Racing NSW 1 Up Bridge Ski Race.

This year we have been limited to a total of 120 ski race boats.

Although we are limited to 120 starters all SRA members not running the ski race are invited to run the Power Boat Race with the UHPBC.
The UHPBC will issue a day licence for all SRA members who wish to run their boat up the river and this can be done with or without an observer.

Unfortunately we are not able to include skiers from the Under 10’s classes in any class of racing for this event.

As in previous years the Ski Racing will commence once the power boats have completed their event, with a proposed start time somewhere around 11am at Brooklyn .

The start of the Ski Race will be as per previous years with ‘Grid Starts in classes’ the order of the day, so each class can ‘fight it out’ in side by side action.

The event attracts some of the fastest ski racing boats in the Country and will provide another great spectacle to see if our guys can beat the times laid down by the power boaters.

** Entries close Thursday 3 rd May, 2012 unless the quota is filled before this date.
Entries will be accepted in a date logged order.

** Remember that we are limited this year to no more than 120 boats to compete in the 1 Up Ski Race.

Entry fee $230.00

Come along and compete !

Enquiries to Mark Jamison Mob: 0417 656392

Forward Entries by one of the following:
Mail: SRNSW Race Entries, 39 Farrer St , PARKES NSW, 2870
OR by Fax (02) 6863 4697
OR Email:

Important 1 Up Bridge to Bridge and Ski Racing NSW Calendar changes

**IMPORTANT Bridge to Bridge 1up & NSW Calender changes**

Due to a number of changes to the 2012 NSW racing calendar, please find below the updated calendar of events for the remainder of the season.
At last week’s NSW committee meeting the following amendments were made:

Bridge to Bridge 1up – Change of Date

Due to a predicted king tide on the Hawkesbury during the week leading up to the 1up Bridge, SRA has removed the sanction for 6 May.
Ski Racing NSW in conjunction with the Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat club would like to announce that the new date for the 2012 Bridge to Bridge 1up will be 27 May.

Entry Forms will be available on the NSW website

*** Please check the new calender carefully.***

1 April – Wisemans Ferry

AM: Series Race round 4 2up race only – Entries close 29 March
– Entry forms are available from NSW Website
PM: Washed out races from Series Race round 2
– Entries will be carried forward from Round 2.

Please advise if any of these entries need to be amended.

28 & 29 April – Wisemans Ferry

Combined State Titles and Series Race round 4 (1up races only).
All points accrued during the races will go towards the 2011/12 pointscore.
State Titles entries received prior to the washout will be carried forward to this date.
Please advise if any of these entries need to be amended.

12 & 13 May – Wisemans Ferry

Series Race round 5

27 May – Bridge to Bridge 1up

2012 Southern 80 Bakers Blitz & President’s Invitational now online to view

The 1st of the Club Marine Southern 80 shows, covering the Beechworth Bakeries Baker’s Blitz and the Fearless President’s Invitational are now available to view on the Speedweek website.

Check out all of the action from this years sprint for pole positions !

Commentated by Dave Bishop and Troy Kennedy, this show also shows the incredible images of Blazen’ burning, and The Syndicate losing their rudder from previous years.

Brace yourself for the 100mph+ fall by Daniel Shipp !!

Click here to watch !

Pics –

Bullet Boats, Under New Ownership, announce the Release of the New 1950 model

* Press Release..
BULLET BOATS hold numerous records and awards, they have achieved more in their history than any other similar vessel.
This makes Bullet Boats the thoroughbred and leader in ski boats and ski race boat innovation, proving over their long history that they are still the best designed boat available today.
Bullet Boats still holds a world water speed record with a 1750 tunnel deck bullet called Bullet One.


A new factory on the Gold Coast signifies an exciting new era for Bullet Boats.
Visit our website for more info & build specifications or call us on 0417 173 257

All Bullet boats are manufactured on the Gold Coast in our new factory using only the best materials and latest design construction that is second to none.

All Race models in the bullet boat range hulls will be constructed by the way of vacuumed infused, this is the latest technology in boat building that gives maximum strength whist keeping the weight at a minimum.

The new owners of Bullet Boats and Bullet Racing have a strict quality control system in place.
A new hand picked boat building team is in place that has extensive knowledge, Passion and experience in creating custom built
race boats.

This puts Bullet Boats at the fore front of the industry and with the above mentioned this means our product has unbeatable build and strength quality. With unmatched attention to detail we intend to exceed our clients expectations.

These are exciting times for bullet boats and bullet racing with new models to be released this year.
Bullet Boats was established in the 1970’s and have been the benchmark for Ski Race boats and Ski Boats throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Bullet Boats info & prices


1950 Bullet release

Bullet Boats Pty Ltd

Factory Address:
6/2 Gateway Drive, Coomera,
Queensland, 4209

1950 trailer

Newcastle Harbour Australia Day Marine Spectacular – Only a few more places available !

Newcastle Harbour Australia Day Marine Spectacular – Only a few more places available !

12 Jan 2012

There are only a few places left open for (FREE!) entry in this event, in front of 3-400,000 people !

We only allow 24 boats to run in the Newcastle Spectacular and everyone runs together in 4 races, so it is a great day from the boat or the shore.

It’s also a great way to show your sponsors stickers on your boats in front of a large crowd.

Contact Ken Cheetham before the 21st Jan on
to secure a place for you and your team.

Harbour Master Training Tribute – WC9901

A special Training Tribute to Stephen Robertson will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
It will be run from 7:30am until 10:30am on Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Harbour and beyond is the training choice for Stephen Robertson, AKA – Harbourmaster AKA – WC9901.
As a tribute to a legend and a friend, we would like to invite you to take part in a nostalgic tribute ski from Sydney Harbour, around Lion Island and back into Sydney Harbour.
We invite anyone capable and keen, to make the run up the coast. We will be following the same path travelled “more times that you’ve had hot dinners” by Stephen himself. This is NOT a race. Its a tribute to someone who offered our sport so much, and we make this journey as sign of respect in memory of Stephen Robertson.

You all know the score…. No drag ski’s (74 INCH MAX). No long ropes. 21 foot boats… Of course, if you want to, you can break the journey up, and share the load. The point is to have great day! Kids, you can do this, no doubt!

Its important that we all stay safe. So, meet at Watsons Bay – 7:30am sharp, on Saturday 21st January.
Please contact Alex Ross or Ken Cheetham if you’d like to be involved. Its important that we know who will be on the water.

More information to come, but at this stage, after we are all back safely, we will congregate in Sydney Harbour for a social ski, some lunch, and catch up.

Alex Ross – 041840077
Ken Cheetham – 0414 995 513

Facebook Event Page for the Harbour Master Tribute

‘The Beast’ takes the Rollo’s Marine Yamaha N.Z. Bridge to Bridge Title

The 28th running of the Rollo’s Marine Yamaha Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic was again a fantastic and popular event in 2011.

The country’s best Water ski racers, powerboaters, jetskiers and Thundercats gathered in Hamilton for the annual event.

There was also a good contingent of Australian’s out to offer strong competition.

The weekend was full of drama with 3 out of the top 8 boats in the main race on Sunday with drawing after Saturdays race day.

It all started on Saturday morning with the Waikato Security Novice and Masters race from Hamilton to Taupiri return. The competitors in the Masters class were competing for the Tony van Deursen Memorial Cup. Tony was tragically killed in a ski racing accident just 5 weeks prior to the Bridge to Bridge and he was a well respected and popular man. This mean that everyone wanted to win it and win it for Tony. Warlord did an impressively quick first leg time down to Taupiri with Kevin Vahtrik of Australia on the back. They looked as though they would take it out with ease in a new record time but blew one of the engines in the return leg just out of Taupiri. This left the door open to Rick Powell of Taupo skiing behind newly imported rig out of the USA ‘The Beast Racing’ and ‘Messiah’ towing Mark Luxford of Auckland. The Beast had a 9 second lead at the turn around point only to find the wrong river on the way home at the fork in Ngaruawahia. This let Messiah through to take the title and make Mark Luxford the first winner of the Tony van Deursen Memorial Cup. Brett Seabrook of Auckland was 2nd, John Main of Hamilton 3rd. Not only did Warlord do damage in this race but Hawkes Bay rig ‘Attitude’ also withdrew from the main race after blowing an engine towing a skier in the novice race.

Social class was taken out by 2009 Long Race winner Force Fed, towing Australian Rhys Duggan. This was where the winning stopped for Force Fed though – they also blew an engine in the Time Trial on Saturday afternoon. This meant the big contenders for the race were dropping like flies and scrambling to find other boats to run behind for Sundays event. Messiah took out the Time Trial without too much problem a clear 2mins ahead of 2nd place, Stinga, and 3rd place, Muscle Milk. So that was the starting order for Sunday’s main event. The 82km sprint from Cambridge to Taupiri and back to Hamilton.

The first 12 boats all had perfect starts which is very unusual for the difficult starting area down in Cambridge. Disaster struck early on for the Messiah team towing Bevan Turksma and Vaughan Hyde – both previous winners of the race. They blew their engine coming through the Narrows, 5 mins south of Hamilton on the run down stream to Taupiri. This left the door wide open for the next 5 boats to battle it out for line honours. When the teams arrived in Taupiri they were in the following order; Stinga, Mayfair Pools, Hoofit, Muscle Milk and The Beast. The 5 boats spread by just 19 seconds.Mayfair Pools a new rig for 2011 with the skiers of B Jammin from previous years – Rick Powell and Mark Preistly. Hoofit was leant to the Attitude team of Dave & Tracey Hanks and skiing broths Logan & Jaaron Fritz. Muscle Milk had Bevan Scott and Aussie Chris Vigenser on the back.

The run back, was all or nothing and the horsepower shone through in the end with The Beast managing to turn a 19 second deficit into a 23 second win. The team of Colin Eagles (driver/owner), Jack Horan (observer, Cambridge), Mitch Horan, 15 (Skier, Cambridge) and Will Groves, 16 (Skier, Victoria, Aus) were as surprised as anyone when their names were read out at prizegiving, being the first Under 19 team in over 10 years to win the event. The big 21ft Nordic hull out of the USA with the Mercury Racing 1075HP and 6 Drive getting the job done.

The twin rig Bullet ‘Stinga’ was 2nd with Matt Hodson, Adam Smale, Paul Mitchell and Andy Cardno and 3rd and first MOC boat was ‘Mayfair Pools’ with Grant van de Vegte driving, Brendan Macpherson, and Rick Powell and Mark Preistly skiing. Attitude were 4th overall and 2nd in MOC.

5th Overall and 1st in Formula 2 with a new record time was the Yamaha powered rig Smokin, driven by Sam Fenwick with observer Chris Wilkins and young skiers Kane Carter and Daniel Tuffin. They were also 2nd in Under 19’s to The Beast. 2nd in F2 and 1st in Ladies was the team of Sleaze with Jeff Weake and Mike Dunstall towing Jordan Bradley and Adelaide Cox . The Sleaze team also took out the King of the Rivers overall title for the combination of times between the Bridge to Bridge and the Twin Rivers held 2 weeks previous over in Thames.

SMOC class was extremely tight with 10 seconds covering the top 3 with the Force Fed using their Back up boat ‘Phantom’ as a spare taking it out after jumping in the boat just minutes before race start.

All in all, with the exception of the weather the event ran very smoothly with several records broken and plenty of fun had by all. The competitors and the New Zealand Water Ski Racing would like to thank all the generous sponsors, organisers and volunteers for making it all happen,

For more details or full results check out

Water Ski Racer Paper Aust – Invitation for Vale Tribute messages to Stephen Robertson

Gail, from the Aussie ‘Water Ski Racer’ newspaper, has offered ski racers a chance to submit their Vale messages for Stephen Robertson to be included in the up coming edition.

There is to be a special Tribute to Stephen in that issue.

The next edition deadline for the Aussie ‘Water Ski Racer’ newspaper is closing on Dec 02.

Please submit them to Gail on the following address,


VALE Wally Hackett

VALE Wally Hackett

Passed away suddenly 19/11/1932 — 16/11/2011.

Wally is remembered by many ski racers over many years as a great competitor and contributor to the sport.

Racing Thunderbolt at Cabrita in the 60’s, winning the 1976 Bridge to Bridge through to many other achievements including assisting in creating Wisemans Ferry as the NSW home for water ski racing.

Wally’s other race highlights were winning Classics, NSW series, Southern 80, Campaigning in the Worlds in the USA, setting records at Sackville (continuous skiing), Newcastle to Sydney endurance and many other titles.

Wally’s team many included notable ski racing identities including Bruce Robberds, Peter Ward, Terry Bennett, Lonnie Hogan, Robbie Woods as well as his sons Brad and Murray and many others.

Wally is remembered by his family and many friends.

Wally’s family extend a welcome to family & friends to celebrate his life.

Funeral details
2.00pm , Tuesday 29th November 2011
Newcastle West Chapel
984 Hunter Street Newcastle West.

After the service the wake will be held at the Chapel.

It is requested No Flowers. We prefer donations to the Heart Foundation on behalf of Wally Hackett.

Rest in Peace Wally.

2010 Feros Hotel Group Sydney Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Race Super Class Special

With thanks to the Super Class crews for producing this, the 2010 Feros Hotel Group Sydney Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Race Super Class Special.
Thanks also for allowing it’s public release.

This is the full length movie from last year’s race of the top crews.

Stinga, Hellrazor, Firebird, Blazen, Top Gun, Merc Force, Agitator, Superman, The B & Sapphire Racing do Battle.

2010 Feros Hotel Group Sydney Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Race Super Class Special

Update on Misty Coldwill’s progress

** Update on Misty Coldwill **

Before the Mercury Marine Hawkesbury 120 the Aussie Ski Racing Community stood up to the plate to help 3 year old Misty and her Family, by raising $10,600 to go towards her ongoing Cancer treatment.

… just to let you all know Misty is going for an operation to remove the tumor off her lung tomorrow. She is doing great thanks to all of the ski racers donations.
So thank you to all that dug deep to help, you should all feel really proud of yourselves and your generosity : )


Put in your 50th Bridge to Bridge Calender, Thursday Evening: 10th November from 7:30pm. VENUE: The Lone Pine Tavern, 15 Rooty Hill Rd, Rooty Hill.

This promises to be a fantastic get together for all past and present competitors and followers of the Bridge to Bridge.

It will feature Photos and Footage of the entire 50 years of the great race.

Darryl Brohman, The Big Man, will be interviewing some of our Legends from 8pm.

Make sure that you don’t miss the stories of Ski Racers Old and New, they’re usually absolute crackers of yarns.

Johnny Gibbs, who will be talking with more Legends thru the night, will also be comparing the running of an Old School Calcutta of the Superclass and other top 27 Boats entered in the 50th Race.

The tickets will be $50 each and the winning Prize Money will go to the holder of the winning boat !

* You have a 1 in 5 chance of scoring yourself a Super Class boat crew, so come on down and join in the fun !

It’ll be a great time to catch up with past and present competitors and swap Bridge stories, also get the hot tips on this years Outright crews, so make sure you don’t miss it.

Bistro Meals Available.

Grand Prix Kanahooka + Series #2 Sunday washed out races Sunday 27th November

Ski Racing Nsw –

Grand Prix Kanahooka + Series #2 Sunday washed out races
Sunday 27th November, 2011

Compulsory Briefing Drivers, Observers & Skiers: 7.30am
Racing Commences: 8.30am

Race 1 8.30am will be under 10 boys and girls. 2 laps
Race 2 Under 13 boys and girls 4 laps
Race 3 Under 16 boys 4 laps
Race 4 60,70 mph + novice 4 laps
Race 5 Under 19 boys 4 laps
Race 6 Under 16 girls 4 laps
Race 7 Under 19 girls 4 laps
Race 8 Womens and juniors grand prix race 30 mins + 1 lap
Race 9 Mens open and F2 grand prix race 45 mins + 1 lap

Contact Ken Cheetham 0414 995 513 or (02) 4655 6147

Late entries up to and including the normal Wednesday entry date for those that want to enter the G/P events and also for the age events. This is the carry over event that was rained out at Wisemans so entries that were in for that date will have been
paid for already.

Click here for Entry Forms.

Draw for the Feros Hotel Group Bridge to Bridge now online

The draw for the Feros Hotel Group Bridge to Bridge is up @

Click Here

Go to ‘Bridge to Bridge’, then hit the ‘Draw’ button, on the site.

The NSW Water Ski Federation, in conjunction with The Feros Hotel Group, are proud to present this year’s iconic 50th Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November 2011.

From its humble beginnings in 1961 when 20 boats took part in the race and the boat Yogi Bear won the race in a time of 1hr33mins, we now see boats from all over Australia and competitors from all over the world try to break the current record time of 38mins.57sec.

Wade on Worlds Round 4



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 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.
It’s inspiring.

: ) Wade

Wade on Worlds Round 3

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.

Wade on Worlds Round 2

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.

Wade on Worlds Round 1

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.

World Titles race #1 called off until Sunday due to high winds and waves

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.

Racing held up by winds, starting very soon. Hope that everyone is enjoying the live feed.

Ski Racing Australia, be proud. Fundraiser for Misty raises more than double the original target !

Special mention must go to the huge amount of support shown over the weekend and indeed the previous 3 weeks, for sick Hawkesbury region 3 year old, Misty Colwill, who is bravely fighting Cancer.

Kevin Boylan, Lumpy and Wade Bennett, joined forces and raised a small fortune to help the family get through this hard battle and to let them know that they are not alone.

Thanks to your generosity and goodwill, we managed to not only hit the original $5000 target, but more than double it, with over $10,600 raised !

Along with presenting Misty’s Dad with the huge donation, at the Hawkesbury 120, to go towards her Chemotherapy and the bills that come with that, the crowd were then treated to watch both Dave Coldy and Darren Osmotherly have their heads shaved as people bid for further action from the guys.

Kevin Boylan said ‘Thank you very much to everybody who contributed to Misty’s fundraiser. We would like to finalise everything by this Friday, cheque’s are accepted, made payable to Misty Colwill and can be posted to me 257 Tizzana Road, Ebenezer 2756
If you require any further information please call me on 0409367251 or 45799304.
Thanks again for all your generous donations.’

Please continue to help show that we aren’t just people that race up and down the River, we care about our community as well.

If you can help this happen further, please call Kevin Boylan or email and lets see Misty and her Family’s lives made easier, to fight this battle for life.

Let’s keep the love coming !
Thanks to all !

Superman dominates at the Mercury Marine H120

In idyllic Sydney weather, the Mercury Marine Hawkesbury 120 water ski race, has been run and won, in a spectacular and dominant display.
Darren McGuire’s big black Force, Superman, dominated the race on both days, taking out the Sackville Sprint for pole positions on Saturday, as well as the main race on the Sunday, towing Superstar Daniel Graziano and last year’s outright winner Daniel Campbell.
Second on both days, nipping at the heels of Superman, was Darren Stewart and the crew of Agitator, racing in the Unlimited Inboard Class. Birthday boy Kris Knights, partnered by Justin Cadden, really had the ever reliable Superclass boat screaming up the river.

Third place went to the Robertson family crew in Firebird, with Steven and Paul on the skis out the back and Barry & John really making the big Nordic hull get up and boogie on their home water.

Leo Welch, proud owner of the brand new Mistress, did a great job in making it home 4th Outright, while putting the boat to it’s first test in a major river race. He said that he had a great time in a straight line, trimming the boat out and sitting it on it’s tail, but the corners were a constant learning curve.

Last year’s Outright winner, Stinga, took out the Under 19 Boys class, with Greg Houston towing his son Jack, the current, defending Junior World Champion and his regular partner in crime in the 2 ups, Ben Hackett, to a fantastic 5th outright. The guys have stepped up out of F2 this year and are sure to be climbing that outright ladder in the not to distant future..

Special mention must go to the huge amount of support shown over the weekend and indeed the previous 3 weeks, for Hawkesbury 3 year old Misty Colwill, who is bravely fighting Cancer. Kevin Boylan, Lumpy and Wade Bennett, joined forces and raised a small fortune to help the family get through this hard battle and to let them know that they are not alone.
Along with presenting Misty’s Dad with a huge cheque to go towards her Chemotherapy and the bills that come with that, the crowd were then treated to watch both Coldy and Ozzie have their heads shaved as people bid for further action from the guys.

Hawkesbury 120 Show and Shine

The action kicked off on Friday, when Ski Racing NSW conducted a ‘Show & Shine’ of competing boats at McDonalds, McGraths Hill, from 3-5pm.
There were big crowds and tonnes of polish being dished out, on both Boats and Cars, with the huge grass area along the front of the complex being utilised to show off these entrants in the afternoon Sun.
There were some fantastic prizes on offer, sponsored by both McDonalds and Coldy’s of McGraths Hill.
The winner of the Best Inboard prize was the crew from What Inheritance. The twin legged boat is spectacular on its own, but teamed up with an enormous Black F350 Tow Truck, it really was a jaw dropping display.

The Best Outboard prize went to the Stout Family, with their slick Bernico, Still Kid’n.

The Under 16 Boys was won by Big Loll, which arrived towed by a matching yellow Hot Rod and tonnes of Balloons.

The top Junior Girls prize winner went to the crew from Knackers.

All winning crews were presented with bags absolutely chock full of fantastic prizes, kindly donated by the likes of DC Waterskis, Mercury Australia, HiTec Oils, Force boats, Wizard Wetsuits and many more and all were received very warmly. The Junior Boys and Girls also had prizes awarded to the 2nd and 3rd placegetters too. A huge thanks to all that donated gear for the packs.

Saturday’s Events

The Sackville Sprint and President’s Invitational, proved to be a great race, with Superman taking line honours, towing Daniel Graziano and Daniel ‘Boonie’ Campbell, in a race that will be remembered for big crowds and exciting, high speed, quality ski racing action.
Motor Gremlins saw a huge number of Super Class crews not make the start or finish line. This included Burnin’, Blown Cash, Elm Street, Gassa, Temper and What Inheritance. HellRazor wasn’t there either due to Zig Walmsley’s World Title bid ending, Collar Bone fracture.
One of the most talked about new rigs this season, 99 Psycho Clowns F1, didn’t even make it to the event when the boat jumped off it’s trailer on the way to Sydney and scraped the brand new Velocity hull and Leg along the road.
It really left the race open to all challengers and Superman came charging across the line to post a time 3 seconds quicker than Stinga’s, in last years Sprint.
Commentator Tim Dubois had a radar gun measuring the speed of all of the crews along the home straight and U.S. team, Sudden Force was recorded as the quickest, at 115mph.
Sudden Force 115mph

In other exciting racing action earlier in the day, the Mercedes Benz sponsored Unlimited Social Class was taken out by Temper, towing Gerard Atkins & Robbie Skennerton home in a scorching time of 22:46mins. Only 18 seconds behind them, was Kryptonite with Luke Watts & Stuart Cox & 3rd placing went to Superman 2 towing Chris Schneider & Glenn Kennedy.
The Social Class skiers raced from Windsor Stadium to Sackville and return, the perfect distance for some athletic sprint racing on the silly sticks.

In MOC Social, Showtime, towing Dane Kemp & Jarryd Tannenberg, won by over 2 minutes from Shane Bru and Jason Summers, behind Running Riot.

SMOC Social was one of the largest fields in the morning’s racing. Michael Burke’s flying Force hull, Alien Force, towing Phil Muratore and Ben Pearse, came home with the quickest time out of the MOC, SMOC and Formula 2 Outboards, in 25.55mins.

Agent Orange was over a minute behind, taking the 2nd placing towing Ben Coghlan and Robert Lee. Peter Lewis’s quick little green Lab boat Mercury Pro XS rounded out the top 3, towing Trevor Bray and Susan Cartwright.

The F2 Social Class was next on the course and Brendan Stout drove Still Kiddin’ to victory, towing Andrew Teal and Dale Jamison. Showtime F2 was home next, almost 2 minutes behind, with Justin Hood and Ryan Burke doing the hard work out the back. Sidewinder grabbed 3rd place, towing Mason Vaughan and Mitch Williams.

The Mercury sponsored 200hp Class saw the Noosa Heads Team, No Fear, take the win in a quick time for the little white bullet of 29:35mins. Gregory Reason and Peter Harmer did a fantastic job out the back to record the time.
70mph Social saw Pumped up make up an outstanding 2 minute lead on their opponents by race end. Robert Wilkes and Craig Penney must be wrapped in the team’s Driver, Brad Collins and the way that he shaved the edges of the course to have such a big gap to second placed Resident Evil, in this GPS speed limited class. The big new White Force hull towed Shannon Lewry and Kellie Tiege. Third place in 70mph Social went to the One Vision crew, towing Scott Dixon and Scott Tyrrell.

The always close, Cassell Marine sponsored, 60mph Class, was the last of the Social classes to run for the morning and Nailed came home victorious towing Courtney & Melanie Grech to the win, only 6 seconds in front of Harassment towing Brayden & Aaron Harris. 3rd in this huge class was Bullseye with Ryan Dubios and Craig Dodge.

Once the sweep boat had cleared the course, the Veteran, Disabled and Junior Social classes were the next on the program and didn’t disappoint.
Running in just one direction, from Sackville to Windsor, the Superman crew were first across the line towing super stars Danny Cropper and Kevin Vahtrik, taking 8 seconds off the previous record. Tania Teelow and Rory Brown teamed up behind Twenty Four to take out the second place, just nudging out the twin legged What Inheritance, towing Peter Hunter and Christopher Bennett.
Senior Social is a new class introduced this year and the quick Racecraft Double Trouble, towing Matthew & Paul Wetsteyn, set the standard with a time of 13:29mins.
Wade Bennett teamed up with the Queensland crew of the twin rig 2Wild to take out the Disabled class in 14:13mins. He treated the crowd to a drag race to the finish line with Junior Social class skiers Mitch Mulcahy and Jake Vanzetta behind 99 Psycho Clowns F2, who had caught up to Wade over the length of the course, challenging the former Super Class skier as they entered the last straight.

Mitch and Jake won their class in a time of 13:42 from Rush towing Jack Harrison and Shantelle King and Critta, in 3rd placing, towing Neneh Long and Rachael Stapleton.
Class 36 was the Under 13yrs Social class and the win went to Coldy’s, towing Jack Coaldrake and Ben Moret. 2nd went to LabDance towing Curtis Horbury and Cooper Robertson and 3rd placing went to Brooke Langham and Ellen Jones.
Last to hit the course were the super stars of the future in the Under 10 years class. Carter Robertson took the win and the record by 17 seconds behind Robertson Racing, from Grace Jones, behind Out Numbered and Reefway towing Hayden Atkins. Tuff e Nuff came home in 4th place with Daniel Cotton observing for his son Race.

The scene was now set for Sunday’s racing and after the Presentation, crew’s retired to map out their race plans for the following day and soak up some Hawkesbury River Regional hospitality.


With the fog lifting early on the Hawkesbury, revealing a Sunny, windless waterway, the main race of the H120 kicked off right on time at 9am, with Superman first boat to leave, in the HiTec Oils sponsored Super Class, thanks to their win in the Sackville Sprint. By the end of the first straight they were already pulling 100mph, as if to taunt the other competitors to ‘..Catch us if you can!’

Superman starting Sunday

The rest of the large field of boats from all classes filed off one by one, with most getting away cleanly.
When the times came back from the halfway mark at Wisemans Ferry, it was Superman with a 32 second lead over Agitator, with Mistress, Firebird and Sudden Force from the USA, all nipping at their heels.

They increased that lead by another 22 seconds coming home and as the large crowd rose excitedly to their feet, Superman appeared around the final corner on full racing trim, pulling over 112mph. They stormed up the home straight and claimed their prize as 2011 Hawkesbury 120 Champions.
Superman wins the 2011 H120

2nd in Super Class was the Mistress, notching up a 4th outright time on the boat’s first major race. It’s so great to have the Welch’s back in the mix again, after losing the old Everingham hull at the Barry Carne Memorial at Wagga Wagga in 2010.
Firebird and The Mistress finishing the 2011 H120

First in Unlimited Inboard and 2nd outright was Agitator, with Justin Cadden and Kris Knights looking pretty stoked with the result. The Robertson Family, raced the super quick and super reliable Firebird into 2nd place and 3rd outright in this class. Prima Donna and Nick Feros made a bit of a guest appearance in the Unlimited Class, driving his big F21 Force hard. Nick towed Zac Burns and Kevin Vahtrik, with Hawkesbury legend himself Danny Cropper doing the observing, into 3rd place.
Agitator finishing the 2011 H120

In the B.A.W. Transport sponsored Under 19 Boys Class, it was Ben Hackett and current Junior boys World Champion Jack Houston all of the way, behind Jack’s Dad Greg’s boat Stinga. These two superstars won the class by a staggering 10 minutes, from Smellit and came in to record the 5th fastest time of the day. Strictly Marine came in in third place in this class, towing Sam Handley and Ryan Campbell.
Team Stinga Racing finishing the 2011 H120

Nothin’ But took out the 6 Litre Inboard class, sponsored by the Hawkesbury Hotel. Chris Bennett and Peter Hunter can really hang on behind this little rocket. Kryptonite followed them home towing Luke Watts and Stuart Cox again, after a 2nd outright result in Unlimited Social the day before. 3rd place went to the Racecraft team towing Matthew Wetsteyn and Nicholas Davoll.

DC Waterskis sponsored the Unlimited Outboard class. Joel Massey and Adam Schmidt skied brilliantly to take the win behind Andy Smith’s twin rig 2Wild.Tuff-N-Up grabbed the 2nd place with Delinquent Racing rounding out the top 3.

The 8 Litre Expert class saw Aiden Cuff and James ‘Ringo’ Hogben reunited as partners and taking the win behind Blastn’, with Kyle Mansfield and Wade Stratton close behind them with XS Cash. Double Trouble rounded out the top 3 in 8 Litre, with a top ski by Kayne Partridge and Paul Wetsteyn.
Evinrude BRP sponsored the MOC Class and the winner was Running Riot with some really consistent times. With Adam Kruse and Stewart Tobin skiing, they managed to record each-way times with just 5 seconds difference. 2nd in MOC was Cyclone Raicey followed by Showtime.

One of the largest classes of the weekend was the Mercury Marine sponsored SMOC class. Peter Lewis is always a fierce driver and he also managed to record almost identical times both up and back with just a 9 second difference. 2nd went to the crew of Alien Force from Victoria, and 3rd place in this hotly contested class went to Adrian Royston and Alex Handley behind the brand new Bustin’ Out.
In the F2 Class, two of our brightest hopes at the 2011 World Championships, Lauren Eagle and Leanne Campbell, skied behind Brent Wisemantel’s Tuff-e-Nuff, helping him and Fyfie to go back to back in this class after a top win the year before. Second place in this huge class went to Mason Vaughn and Mitch Williams behind Sidewinder. With Envy also towed another Aussie F2 Womens World Title skier in Tania Teelow, accompanied by Paul Bruton to a great 3rd place.

In the 5.2 Litre class it was Culprit towing Brad Worsley and Shannon Gane all the way and in the Stock 6 Litre Class the winning team of The Sting 2 towed Clayton Witney and Dale Hally had a similar trouble free run.
Coldy’s sponsored the Expert Under 16 boys and just breaking the hour, by under a second was the crew from Underbelly, towing Ben Atkins and Jesse Burns. 2nd place went to The Edge, towing Codey Wood and Cameron Osbourne and in 3rd place was the Victorian crew from 99 Psycho Clowns F2 with Mitch Mulcahy and Jake Vanzetta rounding out a successful weekend’s racing for the guys.

The Open Womens class saw dramas at the start line for Trudi Stout and Sarah Teelow after they sent the Prime Time Trailer off to the half way at Wisemans… with both of their race skis inside ! The girls made the start line in the end thanks to some generous racers offering their skis, posting an almost 3 minute lead at the half way mark. Alas, Lady luck really wasn’t smiling on them on the way home either, but they still managed a great 4th place.

The winners in the open Womens Class were Madeleine Brien and Jessica Tidswell behind Billy Brien’s twin rig, Ring of Fire. 2nd went to Precision towing Ashlee Debakker and Tayla Luhrmann and 3rd placing was secured by Rapid Pulse, towing Seanne Kelly and Latasha Gane.

Cowper Smash Repairs sponsored the Under 19 girls division and the winner there was Smack That, towing Jessica Wood and Sarah Brooks, followed home by Shot Gun with Kelsey Feros and Dani Coyte out the back.

In the Under 16 Girls class Crystal Gordon and Jessica Smith came home miles in front of 2nd placed Knackers, towing Bree Turner and Kaitlin Harrigan. A big thanks to McDonalds, McGraths Hill for sponsoring this and many other classes, as well as hosting the Show and Shine on Friday.
200hp Class saw the Queensland crew from No Fear, scrape in by just 4/100ths of a second from Tantrum towing Mike Dart and Shane Russo.
The ever popular 70mph class was won by Team Hercules, towing Luke Nixon and Allen Morris. 2nd place went to Big Smoke Racing, with the big Everingham hull towing Joshua Hargraves and Mitchell Emery. In 3rd place was the crew from Kaoed.

The Under 13 Boys class saw Jack Coaldrake and Ben Moret backing up their win the previous day, in a great display of ski racing. 2nd place went to Wyatt Horbury and Sam Perry behind LabDance F2 and 3rd went to Big Loll towing Michael Boylan and Luke Harrison.

In the Under 13 Girls class the win went to Tripple 666 towing Brooke Langham and Ellen Jones in a quick time, taking a massive amount off the previous record. Korrupt was next with Brooke Hammond and Emma Barnes, with their Dads Steve and Neville driving and observing for them and in 3rd place was Out Numbered towing Grace Jones and Milana Long.

60mph Class was the last class to race home and as usual it was a close race. When the spray settled it was Bullseye with a 30 second advantage, towing Ryan Dubois and Craig Dodge across for the win. They were followed by Peter Frankland and Ashley Mortel behind Too Ezy and Burn N Wood towing Caroline Linden and Craig Ashworth claimed 3rd place.

The Presentation included some side entertainment as both Dave Coldy and Darren Osmotherly lost their locks for charity, raising even more money for Misty and her battle with Cancer. All up over $10,600 was raised. Thank you to everyone that contributed, you’ve definitely made a difference taking a massive burden from her Family’s medical and care bills.

Pink Finns were also fund raising for Women and Breast Cancer, with a charity BBQ operating all day and raising over $2000.

Thank you to the event’s major sponsors, Mercury Marine and HiTec Oils and to all business that held trade displays and sponsored the various classes.

Thank you also to everyone involved in staging, judging, officiating and of course competing, making this, the first of the 2011-2012 Super Series river race classics, an outstanding success.
We hope to see you all back for the Feros Hotels 50th Bridge to Bridge water ski race in November ! It’s going to be huge !

Photography c./ Julie Tegart, Michael Geddes, Wade Bennett

Aussie Ski Racers show how to dig deep for Misty. 1 week left until the H120 to donate !

We have started to help a very sick little 3 year old girl called Misty, in the Hawkesbury Region, who has Cancer, but to do even more we need your help ! … By next weekend’s Hawkesbury 120.

As we all know, this is a very long, expensive fight for life and Misty’s Family are looking down the barrel of losing their Family home.

Our very own Ski Racing NSW practical joker, Dave Coldy, originally offered to fore-go his flowing locks at the Mercury Marine H120 ski race, but only at a price!

He wouldn’t do it for less than $5000 !
Guess what ?!..
The warm hearted generosity of Ski Racers, has so far raised $8070 !!

We now ask your help to hit the magic $10,000 number and double, (or even triple ??) our original target, before the H120, in a week’s time !

Please continue to help show that we aren’t just people that race up and down the River, we care about our community as well.

If you can help this happen, please call Kevin Boylan on
M: 0409 367 251
H: 4579 9304
or email and lets see Misty and her Family’s lives made easier, to fight this battle for life.

Please keep the love coming !

Let’s blow them away @ the H120 when they are presented with the proceeds.

Here is the list of generous people who are contributing to Misty’s fundraiser so far.

Thanks to all !

Please call Boylo on
M: 0409 367 251 H: 4579 9304
and add yourself to the pledge list that he’s compiling.

1. Boylo $100.00

2. Kelly Bickerton $100.00

3. Lumpy $150.00

4. Matt Jones $200.00

5. Dave Langham $100.00

6. Wayne Harrison $250.00

7. Rob Brooks $200.00

8. Rowen Smith $200.00

9. Gary Hayes $200.00

10. Greg Houston $200.00

11. Matt Wastle $100.00

12. Shane Crook $100.00

13. Danny Cropper $100.00

14.Steve Wallace $100.00

15.Mick & Vanessa $100.00

16.Craig Turner $100.00

17. Hawkesbury Radio $250.00

18. Pat Long and Family $200.00

19. Mick & Maureen Cardwell $100.00

20. James Bigeni $200.00

21. Wendy Feros $100.00

22. Trent Eastgate $100.00

23. Graham Keys $100.00

24. Steve Greentree $200.00

25. Peter Hunter $100.00

26. Water Ski Racing NSW First Aid $100.00

27. Mark Jordan $500.00

28. Nathan Miller $100.00

29 Team Target $150.00

30. Tim & Chris Dominguez $ 50.00

31. Troy & Ann Kennedy $100.00

32. Peter & Ann Moret $100.00

33. Darren Wells $200.00

34. Murray & Dee Hackett $100.00

35. Mark and Sharon Jamison $100.00

36. Cassell Marine $500.00

37. TR MarineWorld $100.00

38. Phillip McDonnell $100.00

39. Les Sheather $100.00

40. Stephen Sheather $20.00

41. Craig Kilby $ 50.00

42. Craig & Katrina Wood $100.00

43. Daniel McMahon & Team Psycho Clown $500.00

44. Brian & Kerrie Nutley $200.00

45. Garry Murphy Superman 2 $100.00

46. John Robertson & Family (Priv)

47. Teggart Family $ 100.00

48. Vicki Hargraves $ 50.00

49. ??? YOU ??

Your challenge..Dave Coldy to be Shaved Bald, if we hit the $5000 mark by the H120

Let’s make “COLDY’S” head a queue ball for charity @ the H120 !

There is a very sick little 3 year old girl called Misty, in the Hawkesbury Region, who has Cancer.
As we all know, this is a very expensive fight for life and Misty’s Family are looking down the barrel of losing their Family home.

We have decided to help, but to do that, we need your help !

Our very own Ski Racing NSW practical joker, Dave Coldy, will fore-go his flowing locks at the Mercury Marine H120 ski race, but only at a price !

He wont do it for less than $5000 ! He reckons that he’s safe.. reckons that you guys wont dip into your pockets HA ! LET’S CALL HIS BLUFF !!
…we have raised $ 2500 after just 1 radio show, but need your help to hit the magic number before the H120 !

If you can help this happen, call Kevin Boylan on
M: 0409 367 251
H: 4579 9304
or email and lets see Coldy shine !

** We only have two weeks ! Let’s dig deep for Misty and make Coldy into a Chrome Dome @ the H120 race weekend ! … you know you want to see it !! haha

Here is the list of generous people who are contributing to Misty’s fundraiser so far. Thanks to all !

Please call Boylo on
M: 0409 367 251 H: 4579 9304
and add yourself to the pledge list that he’s compiling.

1. Boylo $100

2. Kelly Bickerton $100

3. Lumpy $150

4. Matt Jones $200

5. Dave Langham $100

6. Wayne Harrison $250

7. Rob Brooks $200

8. Rowen Smith $200

9. Gary Hayes $200

10. Greg Houston $200

11. Matt Wastle $100

12. Shane Crook $100

13. Danny Cropper $100

14.Steve Wallace $100

15.Mick & Vanessa $100

16.Craig Turner $100

17. Hawkesbury Radio $250

18. Pat Long and Family $200.00

19. Mick & Maureen Cardwell $100.00

20. James Bigeni $200

21. Wendy Feros $100.00

22. Trent Eastgate $100.00

23. Graham Keys $100.00

24. Steve Greentree $200.00

25. Peter Hunter $100.00

26. Water Ski Racing NSW First Aid $100.00

27. Mark Jordan $500

28. Nathan Miller $100

29 Team Target $150

30. Tim & Chris Dominguez $ 50.00

31. Troy & Ann Kennedy $100.00

32. Peter & Ann Moret $100.00

33. Darren Wells $200.00

34. Murray & Dee Hackett $100.00

35. Mark and Sharon Jamison $100

36. Cassell Marine $500

37. ??? YOU ??

Thanks to everyone that has already donated !


Vote here for Wakeboarding to be one of the Sports @ the 2020 Olympic Games

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Which sport will join the Olympic Games programme?

With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announcing its shortlist of sports vying for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics, SportsPro is asking its readers, which one of the eight contenders will be added to the programme for the 32nd Olympiad?


While baseball still remains as popular as ever in America, the IOC clearly deemed it to have less appeal on the world stage when, in 2005, it announced that baseball, like softball, would make its final appearance at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Despite making the latest shortlist, the sport is unlikely to be chosen so soon after being excluded, but will the IOC be convinced enough by the new bid to perform an uncharacteristic about-turn?


Softball’s high proportion of female participants may be its advantage over other sports in the list, mainly because the IOC is looking to increase female involvement in the Games. In fact, while the IOC noted the sport’s lack of global appeal for its exclusion from the programme, many were shocked by its decision, considering its well-publicised commitment to gender equality. Though softball has the support of Australian Olympic Committee president, John Coates, will the sport gain enough backing from other members of the board to see it reinstated on the Olympic roster?


The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) was recognised by the IOC in 1967 and, since then, it has grown to include over 90 member nations and organise a number of international competitions. Of the eight sports vying for inclusion, wakeboarding is the only watersport and its popularity is growing worldwide. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the sport “provides great entertainment for the spectators and adds further youthful appeal,” but will that be enough to see it included in the 2020 programme?


Squash’s campaign for a place on the 2020 sports programme has been led by one of the sport’s legends, six-time World Open champion Jahangir Khan. President of the World Squash Federation (WSF) until 2008, Khan believes that, while squash has been trying for inclusion for several years, it should be included “on merit.” Now, the WSF has turned to Vero Communications, run by public relations strategist Mike Lee, who previously worked on the successful summer Olympic bids for London 2012, Rio 2016 and the Qatar 2022 football World Cup bid, as well as the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Having narrowly missed out on the 2012 and 2016 Games, will it be a case of third time lucky?

Sport Climbing

While many in the climbing world doubt whether the sport will actually be included in nine years time, merely being considered by the IOC is widely regarded to be a huge step forward for the multi-discipline event. In 2007, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) was recognised as the world governing body for the sport, giving the newcomers the necessary organisational backing in the face of widespread criticism. Amongst other things, huge costs to build venues, a lack of popularity and doubts about broadcasting appeal have been outlined as reasons why the sport will not be included come 2020. However, despite its opposition, the sport remains popular in Europe and is growing rapidly, so will it be chosen when the IOC meet to announce the winner in Buenos Aires, 2013?

Roller Sports

In its review of roller sports’ previous bid for Olympic inclusion, the IOC cited the sport as having relatively low worldwide reach, little media appeal and small revenues for its failure to include it in the London 2012 programme. On the plus side though, the sport would cost little to stage, as it requires no new facilities, and would appeal to a younger audience. Roller speed skating, one of the sport’s sub-disciplines, is currently present at events like the World Games, the Pan-American Games, the Asian Games and the Mediterranean Games, but will roller sports win over the Olympic committee skeptics?


Despite being put forward, along with squash, to the final two in the selection process for the 2012 Games, karate missed out on being included due to receiving just a third of IOC member votes, well short of the two thirds required for inclusion. Over the years, the sport has been championed by Ticky Donovan, who helped Great Britain to five consecutive World Team Championship victories. According to him, “it’s the tenth most popular sport in the world and there’s 50 million people training now. We should have been included in the Olympics many years ago – it’s long overdue.” Do you agree with Donovan?


As taekwondo is to South Korea and judo to Japan, so wushu is to China. Based on traditional Chinese martial arts, wushu is a full-contact discipline and would make for interesting viewing for foreigners who haven’t ever seen any action. But, despite the sport’s novelty factor for many, its obscurity and vast array of styles and judging criteria will most likely see it overlooked by the IOC, especially with the better known karate in the running. One proponent of the combat sport is film star Jet Li, himself a former Chinese wushu national champion. According to Li, realistically wushu will not be included for many years to come, but will the IOC take a gamble on the lesser known martial art?

*source – Sports Pro Media

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Ski Racing Nsw –

Unfortunately, we have to announce that we have had to cancel the Grand Prix to be held at Kanahooka, Sunday, August 7, due to there not being enough entries.

We will try to hold the next Grand Prix so our World Team can at least get another race under their belts before the Worlds start, if there are the numbers available.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused, but entry numbers are not sufficient for expenses. Please enter early for the next Grand Prix.

Ken Cheetham

Mercury Marine H120 – Show and Shine Event & Prize details

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Come along and show off your Boat & Team on the eve of the Big Race!









Prizes will be awarded at 5 pm
There will be great prizes for 2nd & 3rd place too !

Prestige and wackiness at Catalina Water Ski Race – LA Times

Link to LA Times story from Catalina 2011

Link to LA Times Pics from Catalina 2011


Ski Racing NSW held the 2010-2011 Presentation Day at Sackville Ski Gardens for all class winners for the season, along with many other awards.

A massive thank you to all that attended and also to those that sponsored, officiated, supported and competed this last season. Congratulations also to all Hi Tec Oils Series Class competitors on a fantastic season of racing.

The Junior Development camps and days have been an outstanding success, proven by the average age of skiers that have taken home honoured trophy’s from the day.

* Thanks to Brooke Gray for the pics of the day.

Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to the following skiers.

• Male Skier of the Year – Jack Houston

Current Junior Boys World Champion, Jack had an absolutely perfect season of World Selection results and his lead up to defend his World Title in Queensland in September looks set to roll on. He just gets better and better.
Jack won 3 National Titles at the Hi Tec Oils Australian Titles in April, amongst a constantly rising plethora of other titles at the State level, in both Speed and Marathon disciplines. He added another 3 NSW Titles to the booty claimed this season too.
He is moving to another level in facing the challenge of racing the U19’s this season, only missing out on the National Title by 2 seconds to Jake Tegart. Also running in Under 19’s, Jack came 2nd in the 1 up Bridge.
Jack and Ben Hackett/Luke Keys have either won or placed in nearly every F2 Social and Expert race behind Brent & Fyfie and Tuff e Nuff at the Sydney B2B, H120, Mildura and other majors all over Australia.
He won this prestigious Male Skier of the Year Title last Season as well.

• Female Skier of the Year – Ann Procter – (Kennedy)

Ann, 4 time World Champion, added some more prestigious Silverware to her Cabinet taking out the Female Skier of the Year title for season 2010-11.
Ann won a total of 4 Titles at the Hi Tec Oils Australian Speed & Marathon Titles, becoming the most trophied skier of the titles.
Her performance at the World Course Trial in Sept 2010 saw an incredible display of fitness, beating #1 Aussie World Team selection Lauryn Eagle soundly.
Her performances throughout the season were always at an elite level, won with the ease and grace of a true champion. She added another couple of NSW Titles to her collection this season as well as a 2nd placing in F2 in the 1 up Bridge, amongst many others.

• Junior Male Skier of the Year – Jamie Moret

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Jamie has had a great season and should be very proud of his results and achievements.
He took out the Australian Title for Under 16 Boys in April. Qualifying as reserve for the Junior Boys division at the upcoming World Titles would have to have been a highlight too, after some great skiing in the Selection Series races Oz wide.
In the Majors he partnered Brayden Jameson, behind Idle Wild. At the Southern 80 they took home 1st placing in Junior Boys and 2nd at the Mildura 100, Sydney Bridge to Bridge and the 2010 H120.
He went solo for the 2011 NSW Titles & 1 Up Bridge to Bridge and won Under 16 Boys, behind Seven at both.
He also competed at the Grand Prix, Region V & SRNSW Series’, with great success.

• Junior Female Skier of the Year – Shantelle King

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Shantelle is definitely a skier with plenty of guts and grit and she showed that in the SRNSW Series, State Titles, Majors and Nats.
This season Shantelle won both the Australian and NSW Title in Under 13 Girls and Under 13 classes, partnered by Jack Harrison, in the majors, behind Rush.
They partnered for a great 2nd place, just 7 seconds behind the winner at the 2011 GTS Mildura 100, and broke the record at the Southern 80 and Grafton Bridge to Bridge (behind Seven) in Under 13’s. This season included an almost 2 & 1/2 minute win at the 2010 H120.
Individually, Shantelle showed her fitness & stamina when she won the under 13 girls class at the 1up Bridge.
She has shown herself to be a force to be reckoned with in Junior Girls and above too, even placing 7th in the Open Womens division at the NSW Titles.

• Most Improved Skier Male – Brayden Jameson

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Brayden competed at SRNSW events & Region V this season and was improving very quickly, reflected by his lap times, all season long.
He came in for a great 2nd placing in Open Men’s, right behind Zig Walmsley at the 2011 National Titles. Brayden also came 4th in Unlimited Outboard, also behind Tuff N Up at the Titles.
At the Club Marine Southern 80 & Sydney Bridge to Bridge, Brayden teamed up with superstar Jamie Moret to win the Under 16 Expert behind IdleWild. 2nd at Mildura and the 2010 H120, again partnering Jamie, the only way is up for Brayden from here.

• Most Improved Skier Female – Jessica Wood

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Jess won the Most Improved Female Skier of the year for the impressive performance that she showed us on the water this year.
She started this last season behind Nutcracker, partnered by Sarah Brooks, at the 2010 H120 where they came 2nd in Social Womens and they won the class at the Sydney Bridge to Bridge too. She won the 1 up Bridge in Under 16 girls behind The Edge and came home with 2nd in Under 19 Girls at the Southern 80.

• Boat of the Year – Superman

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Darren McQuire and the Superman crew had a fantastic season, rounding it out with the award for the SRNSW Boat of the Year.
One of the most consistent Superclass boats running in Australia, the big F21 Force has also been selected to tow both Lauryn Eagle and Jack Whitton at the 2011 World Titles in September in Queensland.
Consistently in the top 5 in Super Class at the Majors, towing Daniel Cotton & Daniel Graziano, the change to the new hull has been a winning move. The boat runs all over the State and Country including the SRNSW Series, Grand Prix, Nats and State Titles coming home with a swag of trophies wherever they go.

Boat of the year:

1. Superman
2. Tuff E Nuff
3. Stinga
4. Shotgun
5. Seven


• Outright 2 up Team – Stinga

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Greg Houston and Kevin Boylan, crewing the mighty Super Class boat Stinga, are always a force to be reckoned with when it comes to 2up racing. This was the season that Greg made the move to a brand new Force hull, retiring the old Connelly, after what can only be described as a stellar career. To win the Bridge to Bridge once is an honour, but 6 times is the stuff of legends. The sport would be poorer without the Team Stinga presence. The upcoming months will see the crew in readiness for the 17th World Titles in Qld.

Ski Racing NSW congratulates all crews on an awesome season’s racing !

F2 Winners – Team 50

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Dave Coldy

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Tiny Tots Encouragement Award – Carlie Stapleton

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Under 19 Girls – 2nd – Nutcracker

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Kenny Cheetham

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1st – 2Up 6 Litre – Loosin’ it

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Most run out of fuel – Steven Coyte – Shotgun

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Tim Dubios

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2nd – 2Up Under 16 Boys – Pop & Me

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Kevin Boylan

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Robert Brooks

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Gary Hazy

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All pictures, Copyright.* Brooke Gray

Racer of the Fortnight – Jack Houston

Aussie Ski Racer, Jack Houston, took some time out of his busy training schedule, to sit in the Racer of the Fortnight hot seat and answer some questions about his stellar career so far and what’s next for the current, defending, Junior Boys World Champion.

What team are you from / do you ski with ?
Team Stinga Racing / Tuff-e-Nuff

When did you start ski racing ?
When I was 8 in 2002

Where are you from ?
I am from Wilberforce, Sydney, NSW.

Do you get much on water training there ?
Only about once a week. Botany Bay is where I do most of my on water training

How do you prepare for each race?

I have a set routine in the morning, which involves 3 Weetbix when I get up. Before a race, I like to isolate myself from everyone else, I have a certain warm-up and stretching session and I eat a packet of red frogs and a banana.

What classes do you like to compete in most ?

Junior Boys, Social Men, F2.

Which race venues do you enjoy racing at the most and why ?

The Hawkesbury River, because its basically my home and Botany Bay because this is where I do mostly all of my on water training.

What sort of titles / championships do you have under your belt ?

I have won 5 NSW State Titles, 6 Australian Titles and 1 Junior Boys World Title.

Who’s been your biggest influence on your ski racing career?

My father has been my biggest influence on my ski racing career. When I was younger I was inspired by him winning all of these races like the Bridge to Bridge, driving the boat ‘Stinga”. One day I wanted to ski behind him and win some races of my own, so I stepped on a race ski, raced my first race and won. It also happened to be my first National Title too.
I loved the feeling of winning so I kept at it and my ability grew and grew as well as my love for the sport. This then got me to achieving my goal of getting to the top of winning a World Championship.
Without my father pushing me along I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I am sure that I have the same influence on him because if I weren’t racing, he wouldn’t be either.

What’s a memorable moment, ski racing, that you would like to share?

The most memorable moment for me was in 2009, winning my first ever World Championship. I will never forget the fourth race at Viersel, when I crossed that line, the pride that I felt was like nothing else, because I knew that I had truly achieved my goal.
That moment was even more special because I had my family and my close friends by my side throughout my whole campaign.

What are the challenges for you each race?

Well being the current World Champion, my biggest challenge is my competition. All of my competitors are out to get me on the water and beat me.
It is almost like I have a big target on my back, and I have to make sure that they don’t reach that target.

What drives you mentally to train and grow as an athlete ?

The feeling of winning keeps me going because there is nothing better than winning in my eyes and if I don’t feel like I have skied well or have gotten beaten. I will go to the gym the day after and train as hard as I can until I feel like I am ready to do my best again.

If a younger or newer competitor was coming through the ranks what piece of advice would you offer?

I would try to stress to them that it is important that no matter how big your goal may be, if you put the time and effort in, you can achieve that goal.

Do you have some hidden talent ?

I do! I can play the guitar and I can draw fairly well too. But other than that I am not too good at anything else.

What are your goals for 2011 and beyond ?

My ultimate goal at the moment is to win the 2011 World Championships in Queensland and to become the first Skier to win two Junior World Titles in a row. I have already achieved my first step of being the number 1 skier for Australia in Junior Boys.

Would you like to thank any supporters or sponsors?

I would like to thank DC Waterskis, Wizard Wetsuits and Coldy’s for supporting me. Without them my Worlds campaign would not be possible.
Also my family and the Keys family for taking me training, also the Boylan family for their contributions.

** Footnote..- Jack has just won Intermediate Mens @ Catalina 2011, backing up from his win last year in Juniors. He has also won the SRNSW Male Skier of the year for the 2nd time in a row.

…Some movies of Jack in action..

Team Stinga Racing @ the 2009 Belgium Worlds (part 1)

Team Stinga Racing @ the 2009 Belgium Worlds (part 2)

Jack and Ben Hackett behind Team 50/ Tuff e Nuff @ the 2010 Mildura 100

Jack and Ben Hackett finishing Grafton Bridge to Bridge 2009

Gosford World Team Selection Race 2008

*Photography kindly contributed by Linda Keys, Rob Storum, Vanessa Eyles, Billy Lacroix, Craig Coffey, Kate Houston

Mercury Racing donate Outboard Motor for World Titles Fundraising

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 @

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

SRA Membership renewal notice

All Ski Racing Australia members, you should have received your SRA renewal notice via email by now, however there have been quite a few enquiries about when they were being sent.

If you have not received your SRA Membership renewal by email then please contact SRA @ or Phone 02 6259 9548

Office Hours are Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm

It is important that you follow up with SRA, either they don’t have your correct email address or you have recently changed your email address.

Ski Racing Australia website – click here

Mercury Marine Hawkesbury 120 Entry Forms & Event Info available here.

Mercury Marine Australia

With the end of the 10-11 season still fresh in our minds, it’s onward to the first of the Super Series races for 11-12, the Mercury Marine Hawkesbury 120.

Mercury Marine Australia have come on board as the Major sponsor of this year’s H120 race, and we cant thank them enough for their support.

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2011
Windsor to Wiseman’s & Return

T h e L o n g e s t 2 u p R i v e r S k i R a c e C l a s s i c

With both Saturday and Sunday jam packed with top quality racing, the Sackville Sprint will contest of all the Super Class boats, racing from Sackville to Windsor on Saturday afternoon. Their time will determine the start order for Sunday’s H120 main event.

An additional 15 boats will be invited to join the sprint to keep the Super Class teams honest and also assist with their start positioning for Sunday’s race.

It’s guaranteed to be an exciting spectacle not to be missed.

***Entries Close 30th July 2011***

Schedule of Events

** Friday

Team Registration – Pick up Race Packs
Scruitineering – Only for boats that do not have their SRA Log Book.
Time: 10:30am to 4:00pm
Venue: Club House Governor Phillip Park, Windsor

Friday Night Race Launch
Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm then stay for dinner
Venue: Macquarie Arms Hotel (Windsor) – 120 Race Sponsor
Nominated Boats on Display
Merchandise Available
BRP Product Display
All Competitors and Spectators Welcome.

** Saturday

Briefing for Social Class Entries
Time: 7:00am sharp
Venue: Club House Governor Phillip Park, Windsor

Saturday Social Class Racing
Start Time: 9:00am sharp

Briefing for Veterans and Juniors – 10:30am
Briefing for Sackville Sprint and invitational Events
Time: 12:00pm sharp
Venue: Sackville Gardens

Saturday Sackville Sprint and Invitational Class Racing
Start Time: 1:00pm sharp

Presentation – for all Saturday’s racing
Time: 3:00pm
Venue: Governor Phillip Park, Windsor

** Sunday

Briefing for all Competitors
Time: 7:00am sharp
Venue: Club House Governor Phillip Park, Windsor

Sunday Racing

Ramp Closes 8:00am
Start Time: 9:00am sharp

12:00pm Approximate Time set for the return leg from Wisemans Ferry
Presentation – for all Sunday’s racing
Time: 300pm
Venue: Governor Phillip Park, Windsor

EXPERT – Sunday
Windsor – Wiseman’s return
Unlimited Inboard
Unlimited Outboard
Under 8 Litre Inboard
MOC Outboard
Under 6 Litre Inboard
Stock 6 Litre Inboard
SMOC Outboard
5.2 Ltr I/B & 6 Cyl I/B Expert
F2 Outboard Expert
2.5 Litre Outboard Expert
Open Women’s
16-19 Boy’s
16-19 Girl’s
Junior Boys Under 16’s
Junior Girls Under 16’s
Sub Junior Boy’s Under 13’s
Sub Junior Girl’s Under 13’s
70 M/ph Class Expert
60 M/ph Class Expert

SOCIAL – Saturday
Windsor – Sackville & return
Unlimited Inboard Social
Unlimited Outboard Social
5.2 & 6 Litre Inboard Social
MOC Outboard Social
SMOC Outboard Social
Stock 6 Litre Inboard Social
2.5 Litre Outboard Social
Women’s Social
6 Ltr M/m 6 Cyl I/B Social
70 M/ph Social
60 M/ph Social

SATURDAY – Sackville to Windsor
Veterans Over 40’s Expert
Senior Social
Tadpoles Under 10’s
Juniors Under 16’s Social
Sub Juniors Under 13’s Social

Sackville Sprint
SRNSW Inc. Invitational

***Entries Close 30th July 2011***

2011 general entry sheet

2011 Mercury Marine H120 Entry Form
2011 Schedule of Events Mercury Marine H120

Entry Enquiries:
Kerrie Nutley: 0429 634 697
or Email

Further information regarding this event can be found at

You can submit your entries in one of the following:
• Send via mail to Ski Racing NSW:
By Fax: (02) 6863 4697
• By Email –

Promotion/ Advertising enquiries:
Andrew Fyfe Ski Racing NSW 0417 027 842

Speedweek 2011 Oz Titles and the GTS Mildura 100 now online

Speedweek now has the Hi Tec Oils Australian Titles & Wisemans Ferry selection races and the GTS Mildura 100 online for your viewing pleasure.

Speedweek Hi Tec Oils Australian Titles

Speedweek GTS Transport Mildura 100 special

Briefing & Info Sheet for Ski 4 Kids with Cancer this Sunday

**** Ski 4 Kids with Cancer fundraising give 100% plus to Hunter Medical Research Institute (H.M.R.I.) for research into the most common type of childhood cancer, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L).

Starting at Shelly Beach in Manly and Finishing at Hogs Breath Cafe in Newcastle Harbour, this is a race for long distance endurance.

Last year there were 23 Boats entered in the race, and a quality field it was indeed.

SKI 4 KIDS WITH CANCER 2010 was won by Critta, towing Daniel Graziano in 1:49.20
2nd Redback Jason Walmsley 1:51.30
3rd Boat 109 Steve Robertson 1:52.41
4th Stouty 1:55.56
5th Ben Hackett 1:59.23

Money raised was over $3,000

While there should be quite a few crews using it for crucial training for the Sept World Titles, everyone is welcome to take on the challenge, while also supporting a great cause,

*same format as last year.

The only real changes are there will be an earlier Start of 8am and organisers will be encouraging teams events.

Drop Glenn Geary a line at to register your interest.. to Download the pdf Entry Form & Poster here

Information on the Event and briefing Sheet Ski 4 Kids with cancer 2011

SKI 4 KIDS with Cancer postponed until 19th June.

SKI 4 KIDS with Cancer has been postponed until 19th June due to huge, rough conditions being forecast.

This year’s event was to be held on the Sunday of the Queens Birthday long weekend (12th June)


Hi Guys,

After consultation with the Royal Volunteer Coast Guard and the BOM, it had regrettably been decided that in the interest of safety for Competitors and Vessels that the Ski 4 Kids with Cancer be postponed for 1 week until the 19th June 2011

Forecast for Sydney on Sunday Morning and slightly higher for Newcastle is 25-30 Knott winds with swells up to 3 Meters and a Danger Alert for waves close to shore

At this Stage I have applied for an Aquatic License for the 19th and 26th June as back up dates

According to the Ski Racing Calender there are no events planned for the Weekend of the 19th and only the SRNSW presentation on the 25th


If you like I can send you some raffle tickets

1st prize is $1,000 Gift Voucher Good Guys

2nd Prize is $500 Gift voucher Good Guys

3rd Prize is Kids Toys Basket stuffed full

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 (book of 100)

There is a $600 First Aid Kit to whichever team raises the most money (Donated by Coldys)

There will also be some great Auction Prizes on the day that will go towards the teams fundraising account

Up for Auction is heaps of great stuff from Red Rooster Vouchers to a $1,500 pure wool business suit

Some Skiers are getting donations by getting sponsored per kilometre
120km at 50cents a Km is $60

You can pay on the day and HMRI will issue individual receipts for tax

Or into the Westpac Account at Belmont

Ski 4 Kids with Cancer
BSB 032510
Account 196644

Make sure we can identify you

Happy Fundraising

Please don’t hesitate to call me on my mobile

Glenn Geary JP

Mobile 0413-440888
Shop (02) 49-418000

Speedweek – SBS – This weekend, Hi Tec Oils Australian Titles

Don’t miss SBS Speedweek this Sunday (June 5, from 12:30pm AEST), as they take a quick look at a number of classes from the Hi-Tec Oils Australian Speed and Marathon Championships from Wisemans Ferry.

Also a review of the 2011 World Championship qualifiers, that has decided the Australian team to compete @ Moreton Bay in Queensland, September 10-18.

The following week will be a show featuring the GTS Transport 2011 Mildura 100.

** Please check local guides.

Speedweek Programming Schedule.

2011 Club Marine Southern 80 & Baker’s Blitz footage online now !

The Speedweek 2011 Club Marine Southern 80 & Baker’s Blitz footage is now available to view on their website. Check them out !

2011 Bakers Blitz

2011 Club Marine Southern 80

Ski Racing NSW 2010/2011 Presentation Afternoon Booking Form

Ski Racing NSW 2010/2011 Presentation Afternoon

Sackville Gardens, Tizzana Rd, Sackville

Saturday 25th June

Presentation at 3pm, followed by Dinner in the Marquee at 6pm

BYO Drinks / DJ
Ticket Prices
Adults $30 Children U/16’s FREE

Bookings Close 17th June 2011 and are essential.

Ski Racing NSW 2010/2011 Presentation Afternoon
BOOKING FORM pdf’s in Word and Adobe.

To book, download the Booking Form

2011 SRNSW Presentation Booking form ( Adobe Document )

2011 SRNSW Presentation Booking form ( Word Document )

Bookings to Nadia Masonwells
Post: 1 Wingate Road, McGraths Hill NSW 2756
Fax: (02) 4577 2833

Hi Tec Oils 2011 Australian Speed & Marathon Championships Story


With some fantastic skiing and idyllic Sydney weather to greet the running of the Hi-Tec Oils 2011 Australian Ski Racing Championships, crews really turned up the heat throughout the 4 days of competition.

The most successful and dominant skiers of the Championships were World Champions Anne Procter (Kennedy) and Jack Houston.

Anne won 4 National titles, whilst Jack won 3 and the World Selection race in Junior Boys.

Brent Wisemantel and Andrew Fyfe were stand-outs winning F2, MOC and Unlimited Outboard, as well as the F2 Selection Race, with Tuff-e-Nuff.

Applauded as a great success by Competitors, Spectators, Judges and Coordinators and Officials, the Wisemans Ferry Ski Grounds were alive with activity all weekend.


Proceedings occurred on the Friday before the beginning of the National Titles, with skiers and crews vying to increase their coveted World Title Team Selection points.

With this being at the pointy end of the Selection Events for the 17th World Championships in September on Moreton Bay, they were to make and break some dreams.

Perfect racing conditions saw firstly, the Open and F2 Women hit the water.

Lauryn Eagle reverted to the ‘catch me if you can’ race approach behind Darren McGuire’s Superman and it paid off big time. Eventually, by race end, Lauryn had lapped all but 2nd placed Strictly Business, towing Maddi Boyer.
Leanne Halligan, behind Hellbent, just nudged out Kylee Jones & Merc Force from the 3rd placing, one lap down, but by just 6 seconds.

In the F2 Women’s class it was tight, race long, between Trudi Stout (Shooter) and Leanne Campbell (Atomic Boats).
By race end the results were Shooter 1st, Atomic Boats 2nd and Tania Teelow skied brilliantly, whilst recovering from injury, to come in 3rd behind With Envy.
Chelsea Blight, behind the Victorian crew of Smoke & Mirrors rounded out the top 4 finishers.

There was a great duel by Jack Houston, Jack Whitton and Jamie Moret, on the Wisemans course in the Junior Boys Selection race.
Jack Houston, behind his Dad’s Stinga F1, really ran a well calculated race & showed his drive to take out another Junior Boys World Selection race, with his finish time showing a greater than 1 second a lap difference in speed.
Superman, towed Jack Whitton to a 2nd placing, followed by Jamie Moret, behind Seven and Andrew Griffin behind his Dad Noel’s boat Burnin’.

Junior Girls was won convincingly by Tayla Wright behind Neville Freeman’s ORSM, despite a starting infringement penalty. Tayla went on to make up a lap on the whole field.

Kelsey Feros behind Prima Donna held off Rachael Stapleton and Still Sparken’ for the minor placings.

In the Open Men’s race, there was disaster for the team of Hellbent, towing Peter Procter.

With the race starting in a 4 man duel between Peter, Chris Stout, Jason Walmsley and Stephen Robertson, Peter was leading by an ever increasing margin and the guys were really wearing down the competition and dictating the race, when Hellbent’s motor gave up the ghost nearing the last minutes of the race. This moved both Christopher Stout and Jason Walmsley up in contention, to start fighting for the lead, instead of what appeared to be accepted minor placings, such was Peter’s lead to that point.

Stephen Robertson & Firebird, as well as Ben Gulley & Merc Force, soon also succumbed to motor gremlins, with Merc Force left sitting in a huge, expensive, cloud of smoke at the top turn.

It was left to Stouty and Zig to fight it out to the end, with Stouty grabbing the initiative on the last few laps and building up an 8 second lead that he carried to the line, with Jason 2nd.

The F2 Men’s race attracted a field of 21 entrants and they didn’t disappoint.
Daniel Cotton, behind the Brent Wisemantel driven Atomic Boats, really showed their class in this race in some very sloppy water. Team Weaver Racing, towing Mark Weaver and Shooter, with Grant Turner, fought hard, but couldn’t catch this champion crew and were left to fill the minor placings. Pure Velocity, towing Grant Patterson and With Envy, towing Daniel Graziano, were placed next.


Saturday 9th April, saw the beginning of the Hi Tec Oils National Titles and who better to start with than our pint sized Aussie ski racers, in Under 10 Boys and Girls.

With a start Chute speed that would scare a lot of adult skiers, the boys all raced to the top turn buoy on the smoother water at lightning speed.

The girls were next away and most got away cleanly and hit the course ready to race. Some kids were having their first ski at a National Titles and they gave it their all and then some, with anxious Parents cheering them on, on the bank, or out in boats on the course.

After a race long duel in the Under 10 Boys, it was Luke Harrison behind Big Loll that came in for the win. Luke was just 14 seconds clear of Pop and Me towing Carter Robertson. Kevin Boylan, in Stinga F2, towed his son Michael to a great 3rd place.

In the Under 10 Girls, Critta towing Milana Long, with her Mum and Dad crewing, had a great win. 2nd place went to Grace Jones; behind Out Numbered and 3rd went to Rachelle King, behind Triple 666 F2.

All of these kids deserved the big cheer from the crowd, for their gutsy skiing and for the effort each and every one of them put into their own races. They are all winners to us, just for giving it a go.

The next race saw 13 pumped up F2 boats hit the water, for some seat of your pants action.
First across the line comfortably, in this star studded race, was Brent Wisemantel’s Tuff e Nuff, towing Daniel Cotton, fresh from his win in F2 the previous day in the World Selection race.
Grant Wastle, behind Craig Boswell’s With Envy was 2nd and Target, driven by Peter Lewis, towed Grant Turner to a 3rd placing. Chris Stout and Sacrifice & Peter Procter with Pure Velocity filled the next couple of places, in this always close and exciting race.

Race 3 was Junior Boys, 13-16yrs, sponsored by Kerway Asphalting. Try as he may, behind the new Thundernuts, Lloyd Woolman couldn’t catch a flying Jamie Moret and Seven. 3rd placing went to Tru Blue towing Clinton Stratton.

The DC Skis sponsored Open Women were next to hit the water and multiple World Champion Anne Procter, showed why she is just that. Skiing behind Greg Houston’s Stinga F1, Anne won by over a minute from Leanne Campbell with the Hazy crew and Noizworks with Cara Jochinke.

Chris Stout was the next to hold a National Title aloft, when he won the Heartland Motors sponsored Men’s 19-25yrs. Stouty skied behind Noel Griffin’s Blazen’ …always a lethal combination. They won this race by over 2 minutes from Elm Street towing Kane Howard and Firebird towing Steven Robertson.

Firebird came out for the next race towing former World Champion Paul Robertson to victory in the 40-50 Men’s. Filling the minor placings were Mark Boyer and Chris Bennett, behind Strictly Business and Filthy respectively.

Run within the same race were the Permagard Marine sponsored 50+ Men. Colin Senior behind Greg Gunther’s Blown Cash took the win, followed by Rob Williams behind Big Loll.

Race 7, sponsored by Impact Electrical, was a chance for Peter Procter to flex some muscle after the previous day’s disappointment in the World Selection event. He won the 25-30 Men’s race convincingly behind Mark Cranny’s Tru Blue, coming home over 2 minutes ahead of Blazen’, towing Grant Turner and Elm Street towing Chris Mansfield.

Jack Harrison won the 10-13 Boys National Title behind Seven, by 15 seconds, leaving in his wake a strong field of boys. 2nd place went to Sean Stevens behind Noizworks and Elm Street towing Jackson Hammond came in for a 3rd placing.

Shantelle King, showing some great form behind Rush won the 10-13 Girls race. Ellen Jones & Out Numbered raced Brooke Langham & Triple 666 for the minor placings, just pipping them at the post by 4 seconds.

There were 15 starters in the Wizard Wetsuits sponsored 16-19 Boys race and the guys really raced hard for the Title. Tru Blue, towing Jake Tegart really ran a great race with Stinga F1 and Jack Houston, with each in different starting grids. Jake took the win by just 2 seconds from Jack at the chequered flag. Coming in for a 3rd placing in this class was Ben Hackett, behind Darren Stewart’s Agitator, with his Dad, ski racing legend Murray observing.

Race 10 saw the final race of the first day, the Blue Pacific Marine, 30-40 Men and what a line up this was. Two times World Champion, Stephen Robertson, took home the National Title after a race long battle. Mick Kelly ditched the Observer’s Jacket & strapped on his Rail behind Blazen’ and came in for 2nd place. Blown Cash, towing Nathan Glynn, fought hard to hold off Steven Rowe, behind Chief, beating Steven’s time by just 2 seconds to take 3rd.


Another beautiful sunny Sydney Autumn day greeted crews, in the first race of Sunday’s competition, the Men’s marathon.

Peter Procter really showed the way in the Open Men’s class, racing Jason Walmsley for the lead the whole way, with the changeovers becoming the area that was to see the seconds made up by Peter. Alex Ross came in for a great 3rd place in this race, behind Out Numbered, skiing very consistently to achieve it.

In the Under 19 Boys Marathon, Jack Houston was to claim yet another National Title behind Stinga F2. Jack really cleaned up in this race, to be followed home by almost 2 minutes later by Aaron Sheath behind Storm’n and Brendan Tidswell behind Showbiz.

The Under 16 Boys Marathon was won convincingly by Jayden Sheath behind Coldys, from Reefway Racing towing Jesse Burns and 4 the Boys towing Joel Whitton.

Darren Patterson was the lone finisher in the Under 40 Men’s Marathon and put in a fantastic time behind Shot Gun.

Under 50 Men’s National Title holder Andy Wallington put in some great changes behind Big Loll, to come in for the win.

Race 12, which included both the 25-U30 Women and the 19 – U25 Women, was a super quick race.

Stinga F1 towed Anne Procter to yet another National Title in the 25-30 Women.

Chelsea Blight teamed up with Blown Cash to win by over a minute from Liquid Force towing Jordan Brad in the 19 – U25 Women’s class, with the quick twin rig Tuff-N-Up bringing home Sarah Eagle for a great 3rd placing.

In race 13, 3 classes were combined 30-U40 Women, 40-U45 Women and Women 50+.

Leanne Campbell won the 30-U40 Women behind the superbly driven, Garry Hayes owned, Hazy.

Prime Time towed Tania Teelow to a great 2 minute victory in 40-U45 Women, followed by Terri Rigg behind Liquid Force and Out 4 Revenge towing Suzanne Cuff.

Wendy Feros won the 50 + Women’s National Title behind Hubbie Nick, driving Play Dirty for the win.

16 – U19 Girls was the next race to hit the water, with a big, star studded field. Trudi Stout skied brilliantly in this race to win behind Seven, just 28 seconds ahead of Sarah Teelow and Prime Time. A further 6 seconds behind, was Danielle Coyte behind Shot Gun.

Race 16, the Nova Pool Renovations sponsored 13 – U16 Girls Class, saw a great tussle between Rachael Stapleton, behind Stinga and Tayla Wright, behind ORSM.

Rachael came out on top at race end by 39 seconds, with 3rd placing going to Neneh Long behind Pop and Me.

The Social Men’s class was always going to be a great race, with a field of 7 super stars of the sport out to earn a National Title. Jack Houston skied brilliantly yet again to come out victor behind Stinga F1 on his home water. A big boat and ballast in the sloppy conditions made it less tricky to ski on the smaller skis and shorter ropes and was essential to success in the class on this water.
2nd place went to Aiden Cuff behind Out for Revenge and Triple 666 towed Dale Jamison into a great 3rd after edging out a tenacious Shaun Atkins behind 4 the Boys.


Monday’s racing started with a little more wind than previous days, promising some great ski racing.

The first event was the JMJ Plant Hire sponsored Women’s and U10 & U13 Boys Marathon.

In the Open Women’s class, Anne Procter added another Aussie Title to her collection, winning convincingly from Trudi Stout and Melissa Tidswell.

The winner of the U19 Girls was Kelsey Feros behind Play Dirty.

In an even quicker time, Rachael Stapleton, behind Still Sparken, took home the U16 Girls Marathon Title with some excellent skiing. Following Rachael was Neneh Long and Critta, followed by Jessica Smith and Team Smithy 2 Racing.

Skiing behind Out Numbered, Ellen Jones won the U13 Girls marathon class.

Under 13 Boys was a great win for Jack Harrison, behind Big Loll. He held off Korrupt with the family team of Steven, Janine and Jackson Hammond in a great race.

Showing what incredible potential they both have, Grace Jones and Michael Boylan each took home an Australian Title in the Under 10 Girls and Boys.

One of the Champagne races at the Hi Tec Oils National Titles was the DC Skis sponsored Open Men’s event. Jason Walmsley easily backed up from his World Selection event on Friday, taking the title behind Pure Velocity. Tuff e Nuff was next home towing Brayden Jameson after some very consistent skiing, followed by Trent Eastgate behind Out Numbered.

Race 21 saw the combining of 6 & 8 Litre Inboard in the one race, guaranteeing some spectacular viewing for spectators. They weren’t let down either.

8 Litre saw an on tune Jamie Oliver, racing behind The Enforcer, taking an early lead, which they slowly built on lap after lap. Eventually they were to go on to take the title, followed very closely, just 7 seconds behind, by Nothin’ But with Chris Bennett keeping them honest and Matthew Wetsteyn behind Racecraft.

Stock 6 Litre was won by Greg Whitelaw’s super quick Brute Force. He towed Brent Whitelaw home, under the watchful eye of Geoff Hewitt, to take the 2011 Title.

60 mph Expert had no winner, with Itchin to Go, towing Wade Bennett, retiring due to a sciatic nerve spasm in Wade’s paralyzed leg and Kaoed breaking out of the speed limit.

70 Mph Expert saw Still Kiddin’ and Andrew Teal flying around the sloppy course and taking the crown. Home next was Reefway Racing with Brooke Gray, followed by Jack Burns behind Play Dirty.
2 boats broke out in this race trying to balance the correct speed on the rough water.


Tuesday morning saw a complete change in wind direction and it was now blowing up the Hawkesbury strongly.

The first class for the final day’s racing was the Social Women’s race.

Anne Procter had to fight for this one behind Pure Velocity, coming home victorious with only 21 seconds up her sleeve by race end. Reefway Racing towed Tayla Luhrmann to a hard fought 2nd place, followed by Still Sparken’ with Jordan Bradley.

Zig’s Marine sponsored Class 24 saw the combined running of the SMOC, Under 6 Litre and Unlimited Inboard.

Labdance showed that the new hull shape was a winner, taking the SMOC class with Glenn Kennedy on the back, from Team Evinrude with Trevor Bray and Crash Lab towing James Walker coming in for minor placings.

The Under 6 Litre class was won convincingly by The Enforcer, towing Simon Handley. They came home 1 lap up on LightN, towing Jesse Robinson.

Unlimited Inboard saw Adrian Heffernan’s super quick Gotta Go, tow Cheyne Allison to a National Title, just 10 seconds ahead of What Inheritance and Craig Greentree.

After some brilliant driving by Brent Wisemantel in Tuff-e-Nuff, he went on to dominate the MOC race, towing Jack Houston to yet another National Title. Jack was chased race long by Anne Procter behind Pure Velocity, but came out at the end 29 seconds in front. Crash Lab towed Craig Gordon into 3rd place.

Brent came out again in the Unlimited Outboard, this time with Ben Hackett doing the hard work out the back, to take the National Title. This meant the treble for Tuff-e-Nuff, taking out F2 earlier in the titles too, for a clean sweep of the 3 quickest Outboard classes. 2nd in the Unlimited Outboard class went to Matthew Wastle, behind Crash Lab, driven by LabSport legend Jeff Stubbs. 3rd went to Labdance and Ryan Trevillion.

Although numbers reduced the closer the Southern 80 got, the Titles were yet another success story for SRNSW.

The Wisemans Ferry and Hawkesbury River location were enjoyed by all and the titles were held in near perfect ski racing conditions throughout.

Congratulations to all of those crews out there that can now brag that they have won an Australian National Title and to all others that competed and made these Nationals so memorable.

Congratulations go to all Judges and helpers for running such a safe and friendly National Championships.

Thank you to all sponsors, especially the event’s Major sponsor, Hi-Tec Oils Australia, for your support of the event.

(Author, Wade Bennett)

Action packed 6th Selection race at Moreton Bay

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.


Selection race 6 Mens and F2 mens Moreton Bay

Selection race 6 Womens and F2 Womens Moreton Bay

Selection race 6 boys girls Moreton Bay

Wade Bennett’s latest movies from Youtube

Some Aussie action caught on film from the last couple of months.

All skiers and boats are tagged on youtube to assist you to get sponsors.

Please hit the links below to view each movie.



Qld Series Day May 08 2011 Unlimited Inboard, MOC, SMOC, 60 & 70mph classes

Moogerah Dam Qld Water Ski Racing Series Day – March 2011

2011 GTS Mildura 100 Water Ski Race Unlimited Social Class starts movie

Karen Follington seeking sponsors for “Relay for Life’ – * All money goes to the Cancer Council

Hi everyone,

I am participating in the relay for life this year as my brother Charles is a Cancer survivor.

I would like to raise $5000, with Barb and Marty Osborne already sponsoring me $500.

I am writing to get more sponsors as it is for a very good cause and being a ski racer my self, I know that my brother is not the only one in the sport that has been touched by this horrible illness.

All the money goes to cancer council to help find a cure for cancer.

If anyone would like to sponsor me they can go to the link below and click on my name to sponsor.

Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and I will be trying to walk for at least 12 hrs straight myself.

If i raise the $5000 (or more!), I am going to do my best at making the 24hr walk, as people with cancer go thru a lot more pain than I, who will be just walking for 24hrs.

I have given full details of the event below and the team that i am walking for.
People can sponsor just me or our team as a whole.

You can call me on 0432 82 44 16 if you need to discuss anything.

Karen Follington

“Relay For Life is an overnight, community event where teams participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

The event brings the whole community together for a night of fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance.

In NSW alone, around 40,000 people take part in the relay each year.
The event is not just about the amazing experience of spending the weekend with your local community. It’s also about the fun ways your team can raise money in the lead up to the day.

The Relay For Life is a truly amazing occasion where tears are shed, hopes are raised, fun is had and friendships are forged”.

In the 2010 Relay, Advantage Tennis Academy raised $2677.60.

In 2011, we have joined forces with the Hawkesbury District Independent News and hope to smash our 2010 fundraising effort.

We would love it if you (and/or your families/friends) could join Advantage Tennis Academy and The Hawkesbury District Independent News in the 2011 Hawkesbury Relay for Life.

The Hawkesbury Relay For Life is being held Saturday 28th May to Sunday 29th May 2011 at the Hawkesbury Showground.

We will have a great time and it will be an experience to remember.

Give up one hour of your weekend to relay for life.

The relay commences at 10:00am on Saturday 28th May and ceases at 10:00am on Sunday 29th May.

Our team is implementing a roster in which every team member is required to do a stint of at least 1 hour (Kristina Dimech managed a massive 9 hour stint last year… let’s see if she can beat it this year!!!).

Those members that wish to stay for the full 24 hours are obviously more than welcome and we will be camping overnight on site if anyone else wants to join us with their tent and sleeping bag.

To join our team, click the link below and join up today!

If you are not able to join us at the relay but would like to make a contribution to our teams fundraising, please click the link below to go to our teams site and make a donation.
Remember any donation over $2 is tax deductible but more importantly, every dollar makes a difference.
We appreciate any support you can give.

If you aren’t able to make a monetary donation but would like to donate an item or service that we can use in a raffle, please feel free to contact me so we can get a raffle started.
No item is too small (or too big!).

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this email and also hope that you can help our team make a difference.


Kaz xx

Link to Cancer Council – Hawkesbury Advantage Tennis Academy\'s sponsorship page

Barry Carne Memorial on this weekend in Wagga Wagga – Update

There are 227 entries for the Barry Carne Memorial, to be held at the weekend at Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.

The race recommenced last season after the drought finally broke and Lake Albert was again filled, for the first time in many years.

It was won last year by Steven Morley behind Bernie Elliott’s Revival.

The challenge goes out again to all comers to race for this prestigious title.

The Calcutta will be held on Saturday Night at the Wagga Boat Club to decide the poll positions for the Open Final.

This is always guaranteed to be a fun night !

A courtesy bus will run on Saturday evening with pickups from
motels at 6.30pm and 7.30pm and return trips.

Race numbers will be supplied to team captains.

Trophies will be presented at the end of each day.

Classes may be joined at the discretion of the Organisers.

Facebook event page –

Sat 14th May
Events 1 – 7
7.30 – 8.00am Breath Testing
8.00 am Briefing
8.30am Start

Events 8 – 12
Breath Testing will commence at the conclusion of race 6
Briefing will commence at the conclusion of race 7

Sunday 15th May
Events 13 – 16
8.00 – 8.30am Breath Testing
8.30 am Briefing
9.00am Start

Events 17 – 25
Breath Testing will commence at the conclusion of race 15
Briefing will commence at the conclusion of race 16

Daniel (Boonie) and Lee Campbell have a baby Boy

Daniel (Boonie) & Lee Campbell have welcomed to the world, Henry Daniel Campbell.

Lee has described him as ‘..our beautiful little boy’.

Congratulations from ski racers the world over !

World Titles Hospitality & Social Events Booking Form

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

Final Presentation

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.

World Event Booking Form 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

World Titles Marquee Garages Booking Sheet

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

World Titles Marquee Garage Booking Form 2011

Shane and Mel Floyd have a bouncing baby girl

Victorian ski racing legend, Shane Floyd and his wife Mel, happily announce the birth of Frankie Jean Floyd on the 2nd of May.

12 days late, the birth was long, but trouble free.

8.38lbs, with Black hair and blue eyes. ‘Gorgeous’, says Shane.

Congratulations guys and welcome Frankie !

Official Hotel information for the 17th World 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.

OAKS MON KOMO fact sheet

All bookings need to be done through Peta Smail her email is

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.’

Australian World Title Assault – Bulletin 2

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the second Bulletin. The final of the selection series is drawing closer and the Team is nearing its completion.

Aussie World Selections – Entry Form races 6 & 7, Current Points Standings

Australian Worlds Selection Entry Form for races 6 & 7 at Moreton Bay and Current Pointscore Standings.

Australian World Selection Entry Form races 6 & 7


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.

Point Score Standings WS 2011

SA Titles moved back to Murray Bridge

New Location – MURRAY BRIDGE S.A


The Committee apologizes for any inconvenience to Teams, but this is always the preferred Venue for the Championships and Closed Water has been granted meaning that the event can go ahead as planned.

Please feel free to use the Entry Form in April edition of WSR but a new Entry Form will be published in the May edition.

Updated Entry Forms are now out for the 2011 SRSA State Championships MURRAY BRIDGE, via the Ski Racing SA webpage or
SRA Website, SRV Website,
or email

Thank You.
Loretta Scott
Event Organizer on Behalf of SRSA Committee.

Facebook event page @

Ski 4 Kids with Cancer update from Glenn Geary

Time: 8:00AM Sunday, June 12th

Hi Guys

Just to bring you up to speed with the Ski 4 Kids with Cancer 2011

I have spoken to Kerry Eagle who is happy that we name the outright single skier events the Peter Eagle trophy, We will have a Men’s and Women’s Plaque, I will need to know if there is any interest in any under 16’s single skiers (boys and girls)

Hogs Breath Cafe Newcastle has been confirmed as the finish line. Our
problem last year was getting fed and watered, (this year we will have our own bar and a fixed menu so shouldn’t be any delays)

In case in inclement weather on the 12th June, I will have an aquatic license for the 2 following Sundays 19th and 26th June

We will be limited to 50 Vessels competing in the event (for the obvious logistic and safety precautions), so please get your entries in to avoid disappointment, Due to the success of last year and the Catalina and World titles not long after the event there has been a lot of interest from crews wanting to use this as a training run

We will also be having prizes for the highest fundraising teams, one popular suggestion is to sponsor the skiers per Kilometre Skied, (20 cents a kilometre is $24)

Don’t forget as much as this is a fun event and a great day out I will be unashamedly trying to extract as much needed funds to support HMRI and their research into childhood cancers last year we raised 3k this year who know?

I am also looking for volunteers to assist on the day; at least 2 course boats are required to follow the fleet 120km up to Newcastle, 1 for the Paramedic and safety equipment and also safety boats, if you can help out in any way please contact me on the numbers below

For the Teams who competed last year once again a very heartfelt thank you and any suggestions on how to improve this year would be very much appreciated please feel free to contact me anytime on the numbers below.

Have a Great weekend

Glenn Geary JP

Kotara Homemaker Centre
Mobile 0413-440888
Shop (02) 49-418000
Fax (02) 49-418001

Boat racing numbers for the Hi Tec Oils Australian Titles

BOAT NUMBERS: All boats racing for the week have been allocated a race number for the championships.

Where possible these numbers have been issued based on your own state number.

Ski Racing NSW is the host of the titles and therefore have been given the number that applies to their point score series.

Where a clash of numbers has occurred an alternate number has been allocated.

Please ensure that you have the correct number and that your numbers are of the correct size.

World Selection Competitors running in both the Friday and 2011 Australian Championships, please check your number as some changes have occurred, you will need to wear your correct selection number on Friday and if required change for the Aussie’s.

Boat Numbers 2011 Nationals

SRA declares Southern 80 course safe & ready.

Members of the Board of Ski Racing Australia have inspected the Southern 80 Course and wish to advise everyone that the river is in excellent condition for the 2011 Southern 80 to be held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April 2011.

For and on Behalf of the Board of Ski Racing Australia

Adrian Heffernan

Rick and Teresa Love have a bouncing baby daughter

Rick Love was unavailable as the Team Captain to be at the Selection Races at Botany Bay, last weekend.
He was at home attending Baby duties.

Rick’s wife Teresa (Tere) and he have a new baby girl as an addition to their family.

Rick said ‘..Penelope Chantal Love, all are healthy and everyone is fine although there are some big changes at the Love abode.’

We wish them all the best and congratulations !

Region V re-runs cancelled.





Results from rounds 3 & 4 at Botany Bay, Lap times and the up to date point standings.

World Selection # 3 Results, Lap Times and up to date Point Standings

Selection 3 – Mens Lap Results

Selection 3 – Womens Lap results

Selection 3 – Junior lap results

Results – World Selection 3


World Selection # 4 Results, Lap Times and up to date Point Standings

Selection 4 – Mens Lap Results

Selection 4 – Womens Lap Results

Selection 4 – Junior Lap Results

Point Score Standings WS 2011



Race Information
Bridge 1UP Entry Form (PDF)
Bridge 1UP Entry Form (Excel)

Available now @

*** There are limited entries accepted, so please get them in asap and secure your spot. ***

Facebook event page @

Entries due tomorrow Thursday 17th March Oz World Selection race @ Botany Bay

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 @

World Selection Entry Form </a

Brendan Dipple to host Qld Junior Development Days

Brendan Dipple will be conducting a Junior Development social day for Ski Racing Qld on Saturday the 19th March at Moogerah Dam from about lunch time.

This is the day before Series Day #2.

We won’t be running the full program, just doing some prac work and having a few laughs, hanging out together and having a ski.

This weekend we will concentrate on doing a bit of skiing and answering
any particular concerns that people might want to address, be it form, stretching, training, nutrition, taping, or any other questions that you might have.

Register on Facebook @

There is also going to be a full Junior Development day on Saturday 7th May before the next Qld series day.

Lap Times day #1 & #2 for the World Selection Races Geelong

Lap Times Day 1 – Men

Lap Times Day 1 – Women

Lap Times Day 1 – Junior

Lap Times Day 2 – Men

Lap Times Day 2 – Women

Lap Times Day 2 – Junior

Results – World Selection Races – Geelong & Current Point Score Standings

Results – Worlds Selection 1 Geelong

Results – World Selection 2 Geelong

Point Score Standings World Selections 2011



12th – 13th March 2011 @ Ulinbawn Ski Park Sackville

All U13 – U16’s ski racers are welcome to attend.

All World competitors are also welcome to attend.

For more information please phone Kevin Boylan on 0409 367 251
or email

Australian Government offers Junior Grants

The Australian Government is offering grants to sporting competitors competing in State & National Championships of their select sport, travelling more than 250km return trip & aged between 12-18 yrs.

That covers a lot of younger competitors in our sport, so make sure that you apply, or pass this message onto someone who would benefit from this Govt grant.

Coffs Harbour NBN News Report on the Grafton Bridge to Bridge

Coffs Harbour NBN News Report on the Grafton Bridge to Bridge re-run.

Mary MacMillan requests your help to add to her upcoming book

Ski Racing legend Mary MacMillan is writing about her extraordinary life and has asked for the help of her family of ski racing friends to please contribute to her memoirs with a story or photo, of the Great Lady of ski racing.

Racer of the Fortnight – Michael Kelly

This fortnight’s featured ‘Racer of the Fortnight’ is Queensland ski racer Michael ( Mick ) Kelly.

Mick is exceptionally talented in all aspects of skiing, driving and observing.

Recently, as part of Noel Griffin Racing (NGR) Mick has shown his versatility on many occasions, taking numerous outright placing trophies from races all over Australia in Super Class skiing behind Burnin’.

There have also been many others in crew  positions, in this boat and many others, all over Australia, and indeed the World.

In events like the 2009 Belgium World Titles, Mick donned the Observers jacket, helping Chris Stout to a fantastic 3rd placing in F1 Mens,  just behind Wayne Mawer and Todd Haig on points.

The guys are focused on making the Aussie Team again in F1 for the 2011 World Ski Racing Titles, to be held near his hometown of Brisbane.

During the 2010 – 11 season he has also been driving NGR’s Burnin’ to wins in Junior Boys and in Veterans @ the H120, towing Shane ‘Japs’ Helson and Darren Apps. The guys grabbed a great 2nd placing,  just seconds behind the winner.

He jumped on the ski again to take out Unlimited Outboard with Joel Massey at the 2010 Sydney Bridge to Bridge behind 2 Wild.

Mick sat down and tackled a few questions for SkiRace.Net, as our ‘Racer of the Fortnight’.

  • Biggest influence on your ski racing career?

Noel Griffin without a doubt. From his humble beginnings, to the force he now is in ski racing, his love of the sport has never waned, which has been great to be around. He’s also helped me out more than I can begin to mention.

  • What team?

Technically I’m a freelancer now, just skiing with whoever will tow me, but I’d say my primary position is observer/driver/skier/trailer biatch/ rope put’er’on’a’rer /Pidge’s ski carrier  for NGR. Whatever needs doing.

  • Where are you from?

Ipswich, Queensland.

  • When did you start ski racing ?

I think my first real race was Under 16 Social at the Southern 80 in 95’.

  • What classes do you compete in?

Whatever I can ! I have skied in everything from Social to Super Class, and continue to drive and observe in whatever boat has a spare seat.

  • Supporters / Sponsors?

My Wife.

NGR. (Noel Griffin Racing)

Prop Industries.

DK Disc’s and Ski Fabrication.

  • Which race / venue do you enjoy racing the most?

Hard to pass up the Victorian river races, they’re always fun races, but I’ve always got a soft spot for Moogerah Dam in Qld. Nothing like a home ground advantage.

  • What titles / championships do you have under your belt?

Have won a few here and there, skiing and observing.

I have held a MOC Australian Title, and had a few Qld ones in Mens and Marathon under the belt in years gone by.

3rd in F1 Mens at Belgium Worlds observing for Chris Stout, would have to rank pretty highly though.

  • What is a memorable moment, ski racing, that you would like to share?

Any Qld Title race against Pidge (Grant Turner) springs up. They’re always a bit too close for my liking.

Towing ‘Special’ (Seanne Kelly) to a Qld Marathon Title win over some good competition comes to mind.

Also having to sit around for hours after the final race in Belgium to find out if we’d taken third or not is something I won’t forget.

Driving Burnin at the H120 and winning with the kids was pretty sweet too.

  • What are the challenges for you each race?

Biggest problem is that there are too many other talented ski racers out there to compete with.

Each race is different and the challenges vary depending on which position in the team I’m in at the time.

I have had a lot of ups and downs in skiing, and overcoming injuries or getting yourself back to the right standard for races after slacking is always difficult.

  • How do you prepare for each race?

I try and get as much on water work as I can, social skiing, the occasional bay run. Gym.

Again, it depends what job I’m doing. I like to have a clear picture in my head about the job at hand, the course and competition.

Observing wise I like to do a bit of research about upcoming races, who we’re competing against, the venue etc.

Then if I’m skiing … there’s nothing wrong with a few nerves.

  • If a younger or newer competitor was coming through the ranks what piece of advice would you offer?

Get your technique right, be prepared, take your time to develop your skiing skills and think about what you’re doing.

Don’t try and do it all straight away, you won’t get to be as good as Pidgeon overnight.

  • Do you have a hidden talent ?

Disc’n. Not sure it’s much of a talent, but will give myself and Pidge a wrap as some of the original gangsters of disc riding – far too much spare time’s been spent on them.

  • What are your goals for 2011 ?

The posts keep changing ! A month ago I would have said Grafton Bridge to Bridge, but that’s gone by the wayside for now. Probably getting Chris Stout to the Worlds is the main one, not that he’ll need much of my help, that man is a machine! Other than that just stay safe on the ski.

  • What other ways do you help promote or organize ski racing ?

I’m the Vice Captain of Ski Racing Queensland, and a ‘reporter’ for , just trying to get ski racing out to as many people as possible.

Some movies of Mick in action ..

Mick skiing behind 2Wild @ the 2010 Sydney Bridge to Bridge

Mick behind Burnin\’ 2010 Qld State Titles

Mick and Pidge do battle 2010 Qld State Titles

Behind Burnin with Tom Smith – Robinvale 2010

Mick and Tom finishing 2010 Southern 80 (3rd Outright)

2009 Barrie Beehag – Behind Burnin\’

Driving Burnin\’, Qld Series Day, Moogerah Dam

Burnins start Mildura 100 2010 with Mick & Tom skiing

* Thanks to contributing photographers,

Moreton Bay World’s Course Trial Day. A Pictorial of all of the day’s action

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.

Grafton Bridge to Bridge to be held 13th Feb 2011

With the approval of NSW Maritime, Clarence Valley Council, Ski Racing Australia, and the Moama Water Sports Club, the committee of the Big River Ski Club will be hosting the re-running of the 2010 East Coast Commercials Grafton Bridge to Bridge on Sunday 13th February, 2011.

Entries now open for Craig Shepherd Memorial Coraki Ski Race

Entries are now open for the Craig Shepherd Memorial Coraki Ski Race on March the 5th & 6th 2011.

Please make sure you get all entries in before they close.

Find out more below

2011 Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race Update

Ski Racing Victoria Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race 2011

Ski Racing Victoria would like to inform all competitors that a final decision on the running of the Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race 2011, will be announced on Monday 21st February 2011.

In the event that the race does not run Ski Racing Victoria will run Point Score 4, at a venue to be advised, on the weekend of 12th and 13th March 2011.


Richard Partington

Chairperson SRV

** Entries are due 29th January **

Superclass Special – 2010 Feros Hotels Bridge to Bridge on ONE HD Australia



– SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5th @ 7.30pm


This episode features the human strength along with the horsepower of boats as teams ski race 112 km up the Hawkesbury River at over 130mph.

Focusing on the top Super Class you get witness never seen footage from the skiers view with their own on board camera, as well as following each of the top 10 teams from both the helicopter and on land views.

Great interviews and a remarkable behind in the scenes look, as to what goes into getting these Super Class Teams to the top.

** The event will be replayed on ONE HD Tuesday 8th February, 2011 at 2.00pm.


Preview of the Sydney B2B 2010 Broadcast going to air on One HD Australia

Superclass boats battle it out on the Hawkesbury River. A preview of the broadcast going to air on One HD Australia. Watch the Superclass Teaser from the upcoming ONE HD special on the 2010 Feros Hotels Bridge to Bridge.

Another event postponement – How many more? Written by by Paul Mitchener

Paul Mitchener
The rains are taking their toll on our beloved sport of water ski racing, not to mention communities in flood affected areas.

Oz World’s Team Selection Appl, Intention to Compete & Entry Form races 1 & 2


These are the intent to compete forms for the selection series that need to be filled in by all Australian competitors wishing to seek selection.

2010 Sydney Bridge to Bridge TV Special

The TV coverage is on again on the 23rd January on SBS – Speedweek & Inside Speed on Foxtel and continuing through this season.

Locked in as an on-air date are the first two shows (#1 was on January 2), the second;
• Feros Hotels 2010 Sydney Bridge to Bridge – January 23, SBS Speedweek
(12:30pm AEST – * Please check local guides.)

Speedweek is repeated on Foxtel’s SPEED Channel the following week as ‘SPEEDWEEK’ and ‘Inside Speed’ (check local Foxtel guides for on air times – usually Thursday and Friday).

*** Please note that Sean Henshelwood of Insportmedia is now in charge of all media and sponsorship dealings for Ski Racing Australia. Mob 0419143267

Ski Racing Australia announces 2010 TV schedule
21 September, 2010

Ski Racing Australia has announced today that television is firmly back on the agenda for the 2010/2011 season after agreeing terms with inSport Media at the AGM in Sydney.

After putting an announcement about the continuation of television on hold earlier this season to source more  information, members of the SRA board held lengthy discussions with inSport Media about how to better manage the sports profile, and incorporate other forms of media into a more complete package for the current season.

“We’re very happy with what inSport Media have presented,” SRA’s Rick Love confirmed.

“It’s a more complete package than we’ve ever had in the past, and it will more closely link the sport to the fans and the viewers of the sport on television.

“It’s always great to have ski racing televised, but it was important for us [SRA], and for our members, to make sure we achieved the best deal possible, and we’re all very excited about what’s in store.”

The agreement for the remainder of the 2010/2011 season will see one hour of SBS coverage on the high-rating Speedweek program, and one hour of FOX Sports coverage for the following events;

• 30-31 October, 2010 – Murray Bridge 110 (Berri)
• 20-21 November, 2010 – Sydney Bridge-to-Bridge
• 11-13 February, 2011 – Southern 80, Echuca
• 12-13 March, 2011 – Euston 80, Robinvale
• 9-12 April, 2011 – Australian Titles, Wisemans Ferry
• 23-24 April, 2011 – Mildura 100

“It’s a comprehensive program compared to what Ski Racing has enjoyed in the past,” inSport Media’s Sean Henshelwood confirmed.

“We’re planning a complete revision of the television format to include two half hour shows for each round – one of which will provide a magazine style format with interviews, technical pieces and features, whilst the other show will showcase racing at the top end of the sport, with detailed coverage on various other classes at different stages during the course of the year.

“And it’s not just television, the marketing program we’re planning aims to significantly increase the media profile of the sport, with regular press releases and stories provided to print and electronic media, news clips provided to national television networks, and the supply of footage to international networks as well as the worldwide web.

“We’re very excited about the prospects of working with Ski Racing Australia to assist them with the ongoing promotion and profile of what is one of Australia’s favourite summer sports.”

Ski Racing Australia
For more information on Ski Racing Australia membership and services, please visit, or call 02 6529 9548, or email

inSport Media
The management team of inSport Media have been actively engaged in the administration, media (television, print and web) and promotion of local, national and international motorsport events for a collective period of more than 50 years.

inSport Media have access to free-to-air television (on a number of national networks), PayTV opportunities, internet and live-streaming television, print media, public relations, event management and sponsorship services.

For further information, please contact inSport Media’s Sean Henshelwood on 0419 143 267 or email:

George Edward Faust 20/12/1923 – 08/01/2011 – Funeral details

George Edward Faust  20/12/1923 – 08/01/2011

George learnt to ski at Lake Munmora in the early 1960’s.

He began driving in ski races with his family in 1968.

He was still skiing in events after he was 50 years old, winning the Bridge to Bridge over 50’s class many times.

Becoming a Judge as well, for numerous ski race events throughout Australia and overseas, George had a passion for water skiing and was still enjoying hopping on the ski until 6 months ago at the ripe old age of 86.

George’s Funeral is being held this Thursday 13 Jan @ 11.30am, at the Tweed Heads Crematorium & Memorial Gardens, Sunshine Avenue, Tweed Heads.

The Qld floods cause the postponement of the Bundy Classic

Brian Sheppard has confirmed that the postponement of the Derek Bretag Memorial Bundy Ski Classic, in Bundaberg, due to the massive flooding that’s engulfed Queensland. The Bundy Classic has been postponed to a later date this season.

For those that can, please donate to the Qld Flood Disaster Appeal. This is now the largest natural disaster in Qld’s history. The water on the ground is equal to the entire size of the state of NSW and the rain is still falling.

The account details for donations are:
Account Name: Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013
Account number: 1000 6800

The next race for The Sandy Hook Ski Club is @ Coraki, March 5th & 6th.

For more information, please call Brian on 0422216777

Sharon Torrens ( Fisher ) passes away.

Yet another sad loss to report after Sharon Torrens ( Fisher) passed away through the night. Sharon had been in a semi coma since before the b2b and has never fully recovered, but was such a fighter.

Sharon is married to Grant Torrens and lives on the Gold Coast and they have a son Mitchell. Many people will remember Sharon from many years of water ski racing. Again funeral details will be advised as they come to hand.

George Faust passes away.

It is with sadness that we inform you that George Faust passed away earlier today.

George and his family have been involved in ski racing from the early days and he will be sadly missed.

The Funeral will be in Qld and George’s son Glenn will pass details on as they come to hand.


Wade Bennett has made up these two movies of all of the action from the 2010 Feros Hotels Sydney Bridge to Bridge Ski Race.

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