Locals not just Dickin Around
Local boat Dickin Around proved too fast for all-comers at Sandy Hook yesterday, charging to first place in the unlimited inboard marquee race as part of the Elgas Ski Classic Series.
Russell Dick piloted the speed machine to a comfortable victory in the class, while skier Travis Patterson showed why he was one of the best in the business on the water.
“He’d be one of the best going around at the moment,” Dick said of his right-hand man after their win.
“When the boat is running smoothly we are pretty hard to beat and everything was running pretty well for us today.”
The pair has contested all five meets in the series in Queensland and New South Wales, and has continued to chalk up impressive results.
But the win on their home water was extra special.
“When everything goes right for you it’s a pretty good feeling,” Dick said.
It was Dickin Around and then daylight in the main race, but the driver said it was always a lottery heading into each meet.
“We’re pushing these engines to the limit for 45 minutes, not just for five seconds like in drag racing,” he said.
“You’ve just got to hope it all holds together, and I think at the moment it’s doing well.”
Col Patterson, Sandy Hook Ski Club president and driver of Slab, did not share in similar success but was still a happy man at the end of the day.
“No podium finishes for me, but a great weekend,” he said.
And it was no wonder the president was impressed.
Australian flags were flying, the kids enjoyed a swim and hundreds lined the water’s edge and enjoyed the Bundaberg leg of the series.
Other winners during the weekend included Millennium Boats in the novice, while Sniper won the drivers’ race, where the roles are reversed.
Shooter took top spot in the social 60mph class.
Top Priority won the sub-junior class and Slingshot White won junior.
Slingshot cruised to victory in the masters’ event and open outboard and 2 Wild won the women’s with Australian champion Susie Cartwright in tow.