Southern 80

A stunning weekend at the Southern 80

By Riverine Herald

WHAT a weekend of ski racing on the Murray River in Echuca-Moama for the 2020 Southern 80.

The overall race was taken out by Superman with a time of 31:06.09, with driver Darren McGuire, observer Steven Robertson and skiers Daniel Cotton and Daniel Graziano.

Second was last year's winner, TR in a time of 31:41.02 and third was local boat, The Mistress in 31:48.74.

Big crowds attended the the pre-race activities at the Kerrabee Sound Shell in Moama on Friday for the Breakfast with the Stars and likewise at the Static Display in Hare St, Echuca on Saturday morning.

The finish line was buzzing with activity all weekend with good crowd numbers on both days and they were entertained by the Victorian Barefoot Club during the half-time break.

Saturday morning racing saw records broken in both 5.2 and 6 Litre Social and Stock 6 Litre Social classes by Bullet Proof and Public Enemies respectively.

During the Saturday afternoon racing, a skier from Arkham 99 was involved in an incident, he has since been moved to a Melbourne hospital for further observation.

The incident took Arkham 99 out of Superclass, leaving just two boats in that class, for Sunday’s racing.

There were more records broken during Sunday morning racing.

Tru Blue and Kausin Glamour broke records in Under 14 Boys Expert and Under 14 Girls Expert respectively.

Records were also broken in the Weekend Warrior class by Big Loll and Under 12 Boys and Girls Expert by Chief.

In the afternoon racing, Sportsman’s Expert, the first three placegetters broke records, with Mirror Image taking out first place.

In Under 18 Boys, Sapphire Racing took the record while in Under 18 Girls, Argo broke the class record.

A number of teams were unable to complete the course due to a variety of mechanical issues and everyone came home safe.

Full results from the weekend’s racing can be downloaded from www.southern80.com.au

We look forward to welcoming people to the finish line for the 2021 Southern 80 from February 12-14.

Words from Moama Water Sports Club