Australian titles day 4 – speed session

The final session of the 2019 Australian Speed and Marathon Championships saw three races incorporating four national titles.

While the action was hot across the board it was the F2 event that was the pick of the bunch with Brendan Tidswell (29mins 20:50 secs) proving too strong for the pair of Tom Perry and Velocity Racing (30:51:71) in second, and teenager Bill Pracey, behind Fastlane (31:23:52), in third.

Perry had earlier won silver in the open marathon, an event that Tidswell placed fourth in.

Tidswell, who teamed with his father David (driver) and observer Ray Curtis, behind the power of Showbiz, said he was aware of the talent his chasers possessed.

“There was a lot of tough competition out there, a lot of great skiers actually, there’s a couple there we were a bit worried about,” Tidswell, from Cowra, said.

“Young Tom Perry with Velocity has been skiing very well this year and same with young Billy Pracey with Fastlane as well. They went really well on Tuesday in the selection races and so we knew we had some stiff competition.

Despite the threats at hand, Tidswell was quietly confident of a positive result once he set up a lead.

“I don’t like to sound cocky but when we got in front there and I knew she was going to be smooth for the whole 25 minutes, I knew we had the boat speed and we had the fitness to be able to hold them out.”


In other events, Korey Galley behind Tuff n Up won the unlimited inboard title, while Ryan Stanford (Showbiz) proved far too strong for his four opponents in the unlimited outboard event.

Ryan Stanford had a stellar day on the water as David Tidswell drove Showbiz to three straight wins.

Stanford came back later with Showbiz and took out the Moc race, giving him two national titles in just a few hours. Those results trumped a pair of third placings earlier in the week in his age group and the junior boy’s world championships selection trial.

“It’s always good to come home with a win, especially behind the outboards,” Stanford said.

The 16-year-old from Western Sydney wasn’t even supposed to take part in the unlimited outboard event but gained a late start after a fellow skier withdrew.

“Michael Boylan told me he had to go home and asked if I could run his race for him and I said ‘yeah, no dramas’. I quickly had a quick stretch, a couple of waters, some tape and jumped on the deck and off we went,” Stanford explained.

Stanford’s second victory meant three wins in as many races for Showbiz driver David Tidswell – a remarkable feat.


Another skier who featured in the unlimited outboard event was overseas visitor Sarah Bennett, who plied her trade behind Murrumbidgee Magic.

Sarah Bennett is impressed with the quality of ski racing in Australia

Englishwoman Bennett is in Australia for three months to train and gain race experience ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Vicy, France and has competed in several races across the week, learning that the local skiers race at a very high standard.

“Wow! Australia’s skiers are amazing and there’s nothing compared to the British skiers,” Bennett said.

“We don’t have the time on the water because where I live it’s tidal and we have no time on the water and when we social ski it’s only for an hour or so.”


The focus for Ski Racing Australia now turns to the famed Southern 80 river classic in Echuca-Moama on February 9-10.

By |2019-01-11T14:39:30+00:00January 11th, 2019|