Speed on Tweed
HIGH-speed action hit the Tweed River over the weekend with the 10th annual Nev Wilson Memorial Water Ski Classic.
Staged by the Tweed River Water Ski Club, the event was the biggest to date, attracting a record 77 entries, up from 53 last year and really helping to build some considerable funds for the charities which the event is designed to benefit.
Tweed River Water Ski Club spokesperson Peter Monger said the huge number of entries posed many logistical problems, but in general, the weekend went smoothly.
“On behalf of the ski club, I would sincerely like to thank all Tweed River water traffic on the weekend that co-operated with us to ensure the racing went ahead,” Monger said.
On Saturday it was a day for the juniors, with the club staging next-generation, sub juniors, drivers and novice races.
Gold Coast youngster Callum Young, 4, got a huge cheer when he took off in the next-generation run.
In the sub-junior race (skiers up to 14), the winning boat was Spell Bound, which covered the course from Tumbulgum to Murwillum- bah, to Chinderah and return in a time of 26.05 minutes with a Tweed crew in Fired Up second in 27.53 and Cobalt third in 31.48.
On Sunday, crews assembled at Fingal for the unlimited inboard, unlimited outboard, juniors, women's, masters and social classes.
The fastest time of the day for the trip from Fingal to Murwil- lumbah and return was set by the unlimited outboard craft Point Two, from Brisbane in 26.43 minutes ahead of Gail Force in 27.54.
In the unlimited inboards, Tweed River Water Ski Club members Mark Holden (driver) and skiers Nathan Walker and Rod Glenn took the honours in 29.25 minutes. In the junior class, Slingshot White took the honours in a time of 26.56 while in the women's event, Tweed Water Ski Club member Sue Cartwright, skiing behind Too Wild, won the class in a time of 29.23 minutes with another Tweed boat, Alpha driven by Remo Veldagals in 29.54.
The masters class was won by the Brisbane crew in Duel in 28.52 with Tweed boat Lab Rat second in 30.02. The social class went to Shooter (33.15), with Rage second (34.06).
The next major ski race will be at Woodburn in November.