IT IS fair to say the Prosser family is warped.
Last year’s Rookie of the Year award winner, the family combination steered its boat Warped to success and is looking to do the same this year.
Hailing from Edithvale in south-east Melbourne, observer and driver Karen and Neil will make the three-and-a-half-hour trek up to Echuca today.
That’s where they will meet up with their two skiers, 25-year-old son Thomas and 21-year-old nephew Jack.
‘‘We were a bit scrappy last year in our race, and between having the kids working up there in Echuca, and trying to get them out to practice, it’s a bit tough,’’ Neil said.
‘‘We probably had three practice runs and another two before the race last year.’’
Neil said last year’s third place in the Weekend Warrior class was a ‘‘fluke’’, but was still aiming to shave off minutes from last year’s score.
‘‘We hadn’t had an award in 20 years so we said to ourselves after that we should’ve retired then and there,’’ he said.
‘‘We just want to do it and have fun again this year – and if we knock a couple of minutes off last year’s time then we’d be happy.’’
As for the name of their vessel, Warped, the Prossers were unsure at first, but now they are convinced it should stay.
‘‘We bought it two years ago and it was called Warped at the time. We were going to change because I didn’t really like it, but the kids loved it and the name stuck,’’ Neil said.
‘‘We ended up loving it so much we invested in some extras like wings for the boat, and even made hoodies for our supporters with the name on it, so we’ve kept it.’’
The Prossers have had great support from their sponsors, Marine Creations in Dandenong, who helped to prep the boat before heading north.
Neil, 58, believes he has at least another two seasons left in him before he gives up the driver’s seat.
And the future of Warped is in good hands.
‘‘The kids reckon they’ve got plenty left in them, but I reckon I’ve got about two more in me until I’m 60 but then they’ll have to find a new drive,’’ Neil said.
‘‘Hayley my daughter is 22 and she’s a very good driver, keen too. And Caitlan, who’s my 27-year-old daughter, is a good skier as well.’’