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

 

Sail-World.com : New world record set in waters off Tasmania's west coast

New world record set in waters off Tasmania's west coast

'Water skiers break world record off Tasmania’s west coast'    Mark Seaton
There has been a new world record set on the waters off Tasmania's west coast. One hundred and forty five water skiers converged on the West Coast town of Strahan to test the record for the largest number of water skiers to be towed behind a boat.

And this morning they succeeded - breaking their own world record, set in the same place two years ago.

Felicity Ogilvie reports from Hobart.

Felicity Ogilvie: Water skier Lynne Bennett is one of 145 people who've set a new world record on Macquarie Harbour at Strahan this morning.

Lynne Bennett: We couldn't say anything other than awesome, absolutely awesome. Every attempt has been awesome but today, just with the blue sky and the sun on your back and the calm water, everything just felt right. It was just perfect.

Felicity Ogilvie: Mrs Bennett's husband and three children also took part in the world record water ski.

The youngest person on the water this morning was 12, the oldest 60.

The 145 skiers had to work together as a team, staying upright behind the boat for at least one nautical mile in order to set the record for the most amount of skiers to be towed behind a boat.

Lynne Bennett: They just encourage each other all the time and you crash into each other and your skies get wrapped up and your skies end up on top of each others but you just hear everyone saying it's fine, we'll do it, we'll do it. We can do this. Don't worry about it and the skies just come apart off each other and it just happens.

Felicity Ogilvie: The group has broken its own world record that was set in the same place two years ago. This time 31 more people were towed behind the boat.

Guy Grining is the co-owner of World Heritage Cruises and he says the boat that usually takes tourists up the river was modified for the world record attempt.

Felicity Ogilvie: It is powered by 1,550 horsepower diesels. The propellers were set up for the boat to cruise along at about 26 knots which it does so we have put our spare set of propellers on and we had them depitched which means we are able to get some more revs from the engine so the engine actually can produce its horsepower so that way we could tow more skiers and it towed them quite easily. It pulled them out of the water four times faster.

Felicity Ogilvie: It took 25 seconds for the skiers to be pulled out of the water this morning. Their ropes were connected to a custom made boom that was mounted on the back of the boat.

One of the water skiers, Greg Hind, describes how a crane was used to place the boom onto the boat.

Greg Hind: This morning we had the 220 tonne crane and even though the boom weighs less than a tonne, we need such a large crane because of the amount of reach. Eagle needs to be floating in deep water so we had a crane sitting on the back which had to reach right out into Macquarie Harbour so that we could load the boom on the side of the boat.

Felicity Ogilvie: And how expensive has it been to build this boom?

Greg Hind: Over the years the committee has had more than $100,000 spent on all of our attempts. Including in-kind support from our sponsors and all of the work that everybody has put in, we estimate we are up well over a million dollars.

Felicity Ogilvie: The boom has been taken off the boat, and even though it was an hour late for its regular cruise this morning, the boat is now taking tourists up to the Gordon River.

One of the event's main organisers, Nick Wilson, says the idea of the world record attempt was formed years ago while watching tourists cruise along Macquarie Harbour.

Nick Wilson: Back in the mid-70s there were a group of us in the Gordon River having a holiday up there fishing and skiing and one of the cruise boats came past and we chased it up the river on our water skies and we couldn't catch up to it and we laughed and said I wonder how many people that boat would tow and that was about the time the Cairns Water Ski Club set the record at 100 in I think it was 1975 and it has been a bit of an idea since then.

Felicity Ogilvie: The water skiers will now send documents and photos off to the Guinness Book of Records in order to have the achievement officially recognised.

Tanya Nolan: Felicity Ogilvie reporting.




by Felicity Ogilvie

  

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

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93327

1:03 AM Sat 28 Jan 2012 GMT






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


Power Boat News



























Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),


Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast by Transport Roads and Maritme Services,


Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,












AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success! by Asia Pacific Superyachts,














Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,


APSNZ appoints Duthie Lidgard as new MD by Asia Pacific Superyachts,


Whale freed from rope at Byron Bay by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,






World premieres and national debuts for Sydney International Boat Show
Marine Auctions experiencing rising tide of interest *Feature
Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers
Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt
Zodiac at Sydney International Boat Show 2014 – Australian
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Exhibitor space filling fast
Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds reduce engine bay temps on superboat
Reminder of safe distance requirements for whales
Changes to Australian bass closed season
Fusion achieves industry-wide acceptance of FUSION-Link
BSE Brisbane Slipways open for business as normal
Honda’s everywhere at Sydney International Boat Show!
Fifth round of XCAT World Powerboat Series moves to China
Sly 43 - Making her Australian premier
Maritimo full of confidence following recent wins
Australia event cements its position as hosting 'the' marina party
Up close and personal with whales on the Gold Coast
SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas
Southport Yacht Club raffle: Dusit Thani, BRIG Falcon, Marriott stay
Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea   
Extension granted for salvage of a paddle steamer on the Murray River   
Sydney International Boat Show set to embrace new location   
Thermal imaging helping bulk carriers avoid collisions in port and in   
Third CYCA Solas Trusts grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard   
CruiseCraft adds Explorer 595 Hard Top   
Severe weather warnings prompt reminder to boat owners   
Be won over by the new Azimut 50   
Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts   
Tammy Wolf and Mercury's Formula 2 Powerboat on to Divisional Champion   
Monaco Yacht Show 2014 - the biggest superyacht show ever   
Biggest Display ever and 18 launches at SIBS   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo helps Sailability grant FREEDOM   
Exhibitors heat up for Cannes Yachting Festival   
Benetti 108 tri-deck Tradition Supreme will launch in Cannes   
St Kitts open for superyacht business   
Marine World Sales: The latest in buying and selling marine online   
UIM XCAT - Massive fight from Fazza secures fourth consecutive title   
Peters & May launch Mediterranean and USA to East Coast Australia   
Lifejackets are imperative: don't rely on sheer luck   


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