Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising MarineBusiness-World

 

Sail-World.com : Australia blitzes the world in Water Ski Racing championships

Australia blitzes the world in Water Ski Racing championships

'Grant Turner on his way to a Men’s F2 championship, his tow boat ’Target’, Peter Lewis and David Stonely aboard, is at full throttle. - world water ski race titles'    Derek Mountney    Click Here to view large photo

The powerful Australian Water Ski Racing Team has swept all before it as it posted an astonishing performance during the 2011 World championships staged on Queensland’s Moreton Bay.

In addition to crowning five new individual World Champions from the six classes contested, the Australian team also dominated the team category with comprehensive victories in the Open, Formula 2 and Junior classes.

Three members of the team, Chris Stout (Open Men), Jack Houston (Junior Boys) and Kelsey Feros (Junior Girls) went through the entire meeting undefeated.

In peak condition from contesting such punishing events as the famous Bridge to Bridge on Sydney’s Hawkesbury River and the Grafton and Southern 80 races, the Australian team proved unbeatable.

The championships have been an incredible triumph for Men’s Open champion Chris Stout; skiing behind the 21’ Force ‘Burnin’, with Noel Griffin at the wheel and Mick Kelly observing, Stout proved unbeatable ‘cruising’ to four wins from four starts.

He becomes the first ski racer to win world championships in Junior Boys, Formula 2 and Men’s Open.

Team mate Peter Procter, up behind another 21’Force, ‘Tru Blue’, Marcus Cranny driving and Danny Cropper observing, took second spot in Open Men, just 56 points adrift of Stout.

USA’s Troy Hooker came home third behind the Australian boat ‘Merc Force’, Don Gulley and Jared Cooper aboard.

The Australians also snared gold and silver in Formula 2 Men, with Grant Turner up behind ‘Target’ claiming the chequered flag ahead of Mark Weaver skiing behind ‘TWR’.

Andy Anderson of the USA was third.

Chris Stout’s sister Trudi almost joined him as a world champion only for an unfortunate incident in race 2 during the Women’s Formula 2; her boat spun out and attracted a disqualification from the judges.

The brother and sister duo Chris and Trudi Stout, Men's Open champion and Woemn's F2 runner up. - world water ski race titles -  Image supplied .   Click Here to view large photo

That allowed team mate Leanne Campbell, skiing behind ‘Atomic Boats’, Brent Wisemantel and Andrew Fyfe aboard, to claim the world crown; Leanne totalled 2984.65 points to just shade Trudi on 2969.65.

Americans claimed gold and silver in Open Women, with Katelin Wendt amassing 2996.70 points to finish just ahead of her team mate Erin Saunders on 2992.35.

Kathrin Ortlieb, the experienced Austrian, was third home in Open Women.

Sadly, Australia’s chances in Open Women were dashed when Lauryn Eagle, a former Women’s F2 champion, sustained minor injuries in a spectacular, high speed fall.

She was taken to hospital, but fortunately made a quick recovery, but her title hopes were gone.

Australia’s junior skiers have proven that ski racing is indeed in very good hands.

In Junior Boys, Jack Houston, skiing well beyond his years, raced to four wins from four starts behind father Greg’s 21’ Force ‘Stinga’, with veteran Kevin Boylan observing.

Jack Houston, champion of the world in Junior Boys for the second time and looking pretty happy about it. - world water ski race titles -  Derek Mountney   Click Here to view large photo

It was a title defence for the crack youngster, having won the previous Junior Boys world championship in Belgium.

Team mate Lloyd Woolman, behind ‘Thundernuts’, Cameron Cox and Brett Dominquez in the boat, took second place ahead of American Trevor Wendt.

Like her team mate Jack Houston, Kelsey Feros was unbeaten in Junior Girls, racing to four from four to take the crown; skiing behind ‘Prima Donna’, father Nick driving and Brett Armstrong observing, Kelsey claimed maximum points to defeat Belgium’s Yolien Bormans with Australia’s Tayla Wright third.

Often producing rough water, Moreton Bay was relatively well behaved following a forced postponement on opening day when strong winds blasted the course.

Generally speaking, organisers were quite content with the venue as were the majority of competitors.

Leanne Campbell looking fairly composed after wining Women’s F2, but her boat crew, Brent Wisemantel and Andrew Fyfe were already planing a ’hot’ celebration. - world ski race titles -  Derek Mountney   Click Here to view large photo

While the Australian team had plenty of reasons to celebrate, it’s a safe bet that in Sydney, on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, boat builder Rod Bickerton woulkd have cause to ‘raise a glass.’

Bickerton is the man behind Force Boats and saw his creations take top honours with three wins, three seconds and a third in the six race classes.

Sydney’s Kelsey Feros gives the thumbs up after winning the Junior Girls World championship. - world water ski race titles -  Derek Mountney   Click Here to view large photo

Final Team Results, courtesy of www.skirace.net were:

Open: Australia (14,997.51 points), United States (9758.96), Great Britain (4428.08), Austria (3744.34) and New Zealand (1800.93).

Formula 2: Australia (15,869.94 points), United States (14,704.18), Great Britain (10,502.91), Austria (9789.77), Belgium (7350.99), New Zealand (4292.68), Spain (2834.51) and France (2101.39).

Juniors: Australia (15,784.89 points), New Zealand (7034.77), Great Britain (6266.02), United States (6177.17) and Belgium (3795.22).

Mark Weaver claiming victory in trace two, but he was beaten into second outright by team mate Grant Turner in Men’s F2. - world ski race titles -  Derek Mountney   Click Here to view large photo

The Aussie flag flies as ace youngster Jack Houston claims his second sucessive Junior Boys world championship. - world ski race titles -  Derek Mountney   Click Here to view large photo

Chris Stout (centre), Men's Open World champion water ski racer with the crew of 'Burnin', Noel Griffin. driver (right) and Mick Kelly,observer. - world water ski race titles -  Image supplied .   Click Here to view large photo


For detailed ski racing news, check in with Robbie Llewellyn’s site, www.skirace.net




by Bob Wonders

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88742

4:14 AM Wed 21 Sep 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Power Boat News







Abbot Point onshore disposal by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,










Great Barrier Reef plan released for comment by Queensland Minister for Environment,










Brisbane Boat Show begins *Feature by Jeni Bone,








































Court judgement a stark reminder about towing safety
Australian Offshore Superboat 2014 - Superboats ready for Redcliffe
Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony
Gosport Grand Prix of the Sea finale to decide P1 champions
Camper & Nicholsons Yachts presents the Sagitta 42
GT15 and GT30 European Championships - Jelf takes to the podium twice
Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions
XCAT Series gets set to conquer another continent in 2015
Dangerous conditions for boaters on most of NSW coast
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Eye on the big picture
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Powerboat racing heavyweights head to Ibiza
Mediterranean Grand Prix - World Aquabike stars all set
Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate
Powerboat champions gear up for Honda RYA Youth RIB National final
Andrew Scott joins Superior as General Manager *Feature
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Fastest Jet Ski ever built
Best Birthday Party ever at Southport Yacht Club! *Feature
‘Hall of Fame’ status for Empire Marina *Feature
Girl power all set for Nottingham powerboat racing action
Cowes to Torquay Race 2014 - Intense activity in preparation   
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do   
Australian Offshore Superboat Champ - 15 Superboats in Coffs Harbour   
European première for Belize 54 Daybridge at Cannes Yachting Festival   
‘Fish Friendly’ accreditation for Sanctuary Cove Marina   
Plethora of Powerboat racing action this weekend   
Vicsail Boat show Open Day at Rushcutters Bay   
Marine15 - prospectus available online now + VIDEO *Feature   
Southport Yacht Club achieves Clean Marina certification + VIDEO *Feature   
Port Kembla Volunteers bring in 75 metre monster from 5nm offshore   
Gold Coast Int'l Marine Expo - Make every moment one to remember   
Dangerous conditions for boaters from Queensland border to Sydney   
4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo - Busy opening day   
Summerland 40 LR named Boat of the Year   
More new boats brand Brisbane Boat Show as a spectacular showcase   
Xiamen Int'l Boat Show 2014 moving to a new home   
Yamaha inspires students to succeed   
NSW EPA supports Marina Industry Environmental Accreditation   
Powerful Yanmar 12AY Diesel Series revealed   
Buy a slice of Solar Sailor history *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT