Southern 80 competition got underway with the social classes out on the water. Racing had to be delayed today for 45 minutes due to a houseboat not being in position and a social skier out on the river. With a modified program for the remainder of the day, the racing continued.
The winner of the main event of day the Beechworth Baker’s Blitz was Hellrazor in a time of 6:44.74. This gave Hellrazor the pole position in Sunday event, which started at 12.30pm.
Sunday’s event’s went to schedule with the Superclass teams on the water from 12.30pm. Out of the 12 Superclass boats that started – 11 of them finished and with a close procession crossing the finish line, in the form of Blown Cash, Top Gun and Mistress – it made a great spectle for the spectators.
The overall winner was Hellrazor in a time of 30:37.54. Driver Mark Cranny, Observer Damien Matthews, and skiers Peter Proctor and Mick Kelly.
Second overall was the Syndicate in a time of 31:32.40. Driver Garry Rudd, Observer, Boyd Edwards, and skiers Kevin Vahtrik, and Danny Cropper.
Third overall was Stinga from the 16-19 Boys with class record time of 32:09.20, Driver Greg Houston, Observer Kevin Boylan, Skiers Jack Houston and Ben Hackett.
The weekend was an outstanding success with fantastic racing on the water, great crowds enjoying the entertainment and the athleticism of the skiers and admiration the skills of the drivers in the actual racing.
Out of the 593 entries that entered the event, 538 entries finished the course – great statistics for the weekend.
Two skiers are in a Melbourne hospital under observation, with three other competitors reporting minor injuries.
Southern 80 website
for full results