Pictured with their ski boat are Col and Karen Shepherd and manager of the Coraki Hotel Evan Groth (red shirt). The Craig Shepherd Memorial water-ski race will be held this weekend at Coraki.
Pictured with their ski boat are Col and Karen Shepherd and manager of the Coraki Hotel Evan Groth (red shirt). The Craig Shepherd Memorial water-ski race will be held this weekend at Coraki.

Blast from the past in ski run

THE Craig Shepherd Memorial water-ski event will have a little bit of extra meaning for parents Col and Karen this weekend.

The family has revamped Craig's old boat Shooter and will use it on the banks of the Richmond River at Coraki for the first time since 2010.

Craig died in a motorcycle accident in 2006 and the Coraki Ski Assault has been renamed in his honour for the past two years.

The boat has also been appropriately renamed Shooter Reloaded.

"Craig and I went halves in the boat and I was close to getting rid of it," Col Shepherd said.

"My youngest son decided to do it up with a new paint job and put a new gearbox and motor in it."

Col (driver) and Brian (skier) will team with Steve Asher (observer) as they look to improve on a third-placing in the East Coast Ski Series.

This weekend marks the final event of the series and the trio is confident after winning the 100kmh social class in 2010 in the Shooter boat.

"It's a big day for the family," Karen Shepherd said.

"Usually a lot of Craig's friends come down from the Gold Coast.

"He and his brother won an under-14s event in Coraki back in 1993.

"He loved to ski as a junior but his real passion was boats."

There are more than 60 entries, with about 25 boats in junior 40kmh, masters 110kmh and the unlimited class on Sunday.

Racing starts at noon Saturday and 9am Sunday.

Presentation and drinks are at the Coraki Hotel on Saturday evening.



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