Col Patterson with members of his fledgling team.
Col Patterson with members of his fledgling team. Shay-Lee Barrett

Hanging by a thread at 140kmh

GETTING towed at up to 140kmh behind a high-powered race boat would hardly be considered by most people as the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

However, a few crazy members of the Sandy Hook Ski Club firmly believe it is.

Using social race skis and 40-metre ropes, which make holding on even tougher, competitors will hit the Sandy Hook circuit this weekend in round five of the Tweed River Water Ski Club East Coast Series.

Col Patterson will be behind the wheel of his boat, Slab, as well as on the end of the rope this weekend.

After competing as far south as Grafton, it is no surprise he is keen to compete on his home patch.

“It’s a pretty big spectacle, a 10km circuit right in front of the Sandy Hook clubhouse,” he said.

Patterson might not reach top speed in Slab, given his fledgling ski team.

“You can only go as fast as the skiers can handle,” he said.

Patterson will tow his son Travis, while Kody Barrett, Stephen Barrett, Hayley Barrett, Anita Patterson and Logan Dewar will also feature in the team.

The Madles family of Childers, made up of Troy, Lyn, Coen, Claire and Lang, will also compete.

Claire has been in good form in the junior division so far this series and will be one to watch this weekend.

The unlimited inboard and outboard class are the main events of the program and will be held on Sunday morning.

“You’ve got to tow two skiers in that class, which adds a bit to it,” Patterson said.

Dickin’ Around, Tremaniac, Renepogel II and Spellbound are some other local boats competing.

Dickin’ Around and Slab will use this weekend’s event to fine-tune for the Echuca Southern 80 Waterski Tournament, known as the biggest in the world.

Travelling from up and down the coast to compete this weekend are Cobalt, Mercury Pro XS, Phantom and Flamin Arrow.

This is the third occasion Sandy Hook has hosted the series. Spectators are welcome to view the racing from the upstairs deck of the Sandy Hook Ski Club.

Bar and canteen facilities are available.



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