The 2018 Australian Speed and Marathon Water-ski Championships were run and won on Lake Jindabyne last week.
Although boat and competitor numbers were well down on previous years, there was still some very exciting racing. The lake conditions were a vast improvement on the previous years, with general flat water for most of the week, although a few afternoons the wind did blow causing rougher conditions.
It did not help competitor numbers that Ski Racing Victoria rescheduled their postponed December state titles to the weekend of January 20 and 21. There was a clear absence of most of the Victorian skiers.
The usual contingent of big inboard boats was also missing along with some of the biggest names in ski racing. This allowed for other skiers to win national titles, of which they were all proud to compete in and win.
The event will be run again in January 2019 and hosted by the ACT & Country NSW Ski Racing. You can find results on the ACT & Country NSW Ski Racing Facebook page.
Here is a selection of images form the last few days, with more posted on Facebook previously.
For any competitors wishing images from the event, Snowy Mountains Magazine’s Steve Cuff photographed the following races. Please send an email or call Steve on 0418 620 651.
Tuesday 9 – Race 7a men 50+, 7b 40-50 women, 9a men 40-50
Wednesday 10 – Race 8 All marathon, Race 10a 16-19 men, Race 13a 19-25 men
Thursday 11 – Race 16a Girls 16-19 and Race 16b girls 13-16
Friday 12 – Race 21b SMOC, Race 22b Unlimited Outboard