Waterborne speedsters head for Woodburn
By IAN MONAGHAN
SPECTACULAR high-speed water ski action returns to the Richmond River at Woodburn this Sunday for the final of the NSW Ski Race Series.
A big field of boats is expected with entries from as far north as Mackay and south to Sydney.
With all classes except sub-junior still up for grabs and only a few points separating most classes the pace will be hot.
Woodburn is set to play host to some of the fastest boats in Australia, reaching speeds up to 160km/h on what is considered to be a very fast course.
The day will consist of two races with the first starting at 9am (sub-juniors, juniors, women's, social and masters) taking competitors over one lap of the 52km round-trip to Wardell.
Race two, scheduled for 10.30am, lets loose the power of the unlimited inboard and unlimited outboard divisions. They contest two laps (104km).
Many of the crews involved will be using Sunday as a hit-out prior to the next world championship trials in Canberra soon.
Local interest will probably centre on the likes of Mark Holden's boat Cobalt, from Coraki, and Phil Munro's Too Radical, from Ballina.
Late yesterday officials announced the entry from Brisbane-based Special Edition, a vessel described as the fastest in Australia and capable of reaching speeds up to almost 200km/h.
As a result of the event, NSW Waterways has approved closure of the river between Woodburn and Wardell on Sunday from 9am-noon.
The organisers encourage spectators and entry is free.
Inquiries on the event to Peter Monger 6676 4007 or 0413 763 086.