Murrumbidgee MadDog has fired up the cool temperatures to clock the fastest time of the morning session at the Southern 80 ski racing classic in Echuca / Moama as 86 entries took to the Murray River.




Racing in the junior boy’s expert class on a morning that was 25 degrees cooler than the previous day’s blistering temperatures, the Murrumbidgee MadDog crew of driver Ian Payne, observer Glen Tooth and skiers George Payne and Harrison Tooth covered the 80km course in 36min 26.1seconds.


They beat home Merc Force 1 by 25 seconds, with Avenger a further 12 seconds back.


The race, from Torrumbarry Weir to the Victoria Park boat ramp in Echuca, is one of the most revered water ski classics in the world.


Murrumbidgee MadDog were the seventh boat away on the day, were third quickest through the quarter way point and second at halfway before making their move, and by the three quarter mark the quartet led Avenger by 10 seconds and Merc Force 1 by 15.


In other events, Bad Temper (39:55.7) won the super social race after The Clog was disqualified for skiing outside the wash, Still Sparken (41:43.9) claimed the junior girl’s expert and Sonic Boats (42:32.3) the sub junior boy’s expert event.


General Lee (43:05.8) took out the competitive 70mph expert category, while Burn N Wood (48:40.9) was fastest in the 60mph expert race.




This morning’s racing was the perfect prelude to this afternoon’s session that will see the favoured superclass boats take to the famed course from 12.30pm with defending champion The Mistress the favourite after taking out Saturday’s Bakers Blitz.


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