RIVER racers the Vee Ate ski team of Nathan Walker, Zane Holmes and Tim Gates will be amongst the 45 entrants in the increasing
RIVER racers the Vee Ate ski team of Nathan Walker, Zane Holmes and Tim Gates will be amongst the 45 entrants in the increasing

Speed freaks to blast up Tweed

By TANIA PHILLIPS

WATER skiers from all over South East Queensland and Northern NSW hit the water on Sunday for the fifth annual Nev Wilson 75km water ski race.

The event, from Fingal to Murwillumbah and return, has attracted a record 45 entries so far with organisers expecting a few more to filter in before Sunday.

"It is getting bigger and bigger and fast becoming one of the bigest water ski races in Australia," Tweed River Water Ski Club president Peter Monger said.

"The Grafton bridge-to-bridge (one of the nations premier events) attracts 78 competitors now so it is not much bigger."

He said he expected numbers to swell to around 55 crews for the seven classes. The event will be broken up into two races with the first starting at 9am at the Fingal boat ramp.

The first event will include sub-juniors, juniors, women's, social and masters classes. The second race will start around 11am and will involve the unlimited inboard and unlimited outboard classes.

Boats and skiers are expected to reach speeds of up to 160km per hour along the twisting turning Tweed River.

Last year's winning skier, Brisbane's Ben Gully, who has just returned from finishing third in the World Championships in Great Britain, will take part in the event again along with fellow Australian representative Ben Sower, also from Brisbane.

second race will start around 11am and will involve the unlimited inboard and unlimited outboard classes.

Boats and skiers are expected to reach speeds of up to 160km per hour along the twisting turning Tweed River.

Last year's winning skier, Brisbane's Ben Gully, who has just returned from finishing third in the World Championships in Great Britain, will take part in the event again along with fellow Australian representative Ben Sower, also from Brisbane.

the bigest water ski races in Australia," Tweed River Water Ski Club president Peter Monger said.

"The Grafton bridge-to-bridge (one of the nations premier events) attracts 78 competitors now so it is not much bigger."

He said he expected numbers to swell to around 55 crews for the seven classes. The event will be broken up into two races with the first starting at 9am at the Fingal boat ramp.

The first event will include sub-juniors, juniors, women's, social and masters classes. The second race will start around 11am and will involve the unlimited inboard and unlimited outboard classes.

Boats and skiers are expected to reach speeds of up to 160km per hour along the twisting turning Tweed River.

Last year's winning skier, Brisbane's Ben Gully, who has just returned from finishing third in the World Championships in Great Britain, will take part in the event again along with fellow Australian representative Ben Sower, also from Brisbane.



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