Zac Welch has picked up at the Sydney Bridge to Bridge ski racing classic, where he left off at last weekend’s Barrie Beehag in Victoria, coming home in first place – this time in Saturday’s out and back social skiing event.
Last weekend Welch and his team consisting of father Leo (observer) and skiers Cameron Mitchell and Jake Ellery, entered the Unlimited Inboard class and scorched to outright victory at the Beehag. In doing so last weekend, they upstaged their more fancied Superclass rivals.
Today it was a different boat and team for Welch, but the result was the same. Alongside observer Adam Nolan, skiers Aaron Sheath and Mathew Arnall they won the Unlimited social class and finished top of the times for Saturday.
READ ABOUT THE FIRST SESSION OF SATURDAY RACING HERE
With the first win of the weekend under his belt, Welch’s focus now turns to tomorrow’s 112km main event, where he and his team will race in a what is expected to be a hotly contested Formula 2 class.
“Tomorrow we’re hoping the wind drops! We’re in a competitive grid for F2, so hopefully we can get into the river first and hold a lead,” Welch said of Sunday’s challenge.
“That would be the plan. Depending on wind, it might be a bit bumpy. So, we’ll nurse the boys through the bay and then try and hold it flat to the finish.”
The Mistress F2 team will run with different skiers for tomorrow’s event, Sheath and Arnall being substituted for Cameron Mitchell and Jamie Oliver.
In second in the Unlimited Social class was No Bull F21 which consisted of Ian Follington (driver), Darren Lindsell (observer), Connor Lindsell and Liam Forde (skiers.)
Showbiz took the honours in MOC Social with David Tidswell, Ray Curtis, Paul Phegan and Brayden Harris as a part of the team. In SMOC Social it was Specimen (Lucas Chase, Guy Batey, Neil Batey and Craig Nicholls) who beat home Peppered Bullet (Patrick Slark, Nicholas Campbell, Peter Harmer and Gregory Farrell).
In a dual for supremacy in the 70mph Social class it was Vortex (Mark Sneddon, Joanne Clinch, Jacqui McCandlish and Connor Ballingall) who bested Murrumbidgee Magic (Ian Payne, Amy Boylan, Jasmin Payne and Julia Williams (USA)). A further 10 miles an hour behind on the speedometer in 60mph Social,Cosmos (Brendon James, Craig Jones, Troy Ireland and Jarsolav Ukrainec) won a five-way battle.
Second for that class was Fastlane (Jonathan Lane, Michael Lane, Nicole Lane and Billy Pracey), while third belonged to Born To Run (Shane Townsend, Catherine Ashley, Oliver Ashley and Tyler Townsend).
One of the highlights of the afternoon came in the Parents and Partners class as Team Paradise crossed the line with skier Darren Osmotherly skiing backwards. Osmotherly contested today’s event backwards on his ski in the hope of raising funds for ‘Pink Finss’– a local support group for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Team Osmotherly: Kelli Anne, Bradley, Darren and Racquel
The Parents and Partners class was won by Temper 2 (Rhett Davis, Ben Hackett, Kevin Boylan, Michael Boylan) from Sapphire Racing (Russell Lewis, Taylor Galley, Joshua Heather, Jack Heather) and Wyvern F2 (Alan France, Georgia Coaldrake, Alexis France and Dylan France).
In the Disabled class 2 Mad (Guill Cronje, Chelsea Dingli and Mitchel Coman)notched up a win by just over 60 seconds from Illusion Down Under(Stuart Clough, Daryl Farley and Daniel Hildebrand). In third was a fine performance by Thanks Mum with a crew of Stephen Jordan, Sarah Jordan and Nathan Jordan.
Racing for tomorrow’s Sydney Bridge to Bridge water ski classic will begin at 9am AEDT. The first boats will be expected to arrive at Governor Phillip Park in Windsor just prior to 9:40am AEDT.