River racing hits Woodburn

The East Coast Ski Championship reaches its final round next weekend, March 3 and 4, on the Richmond River at Woodburn. Entries for the event have come in from right across NSW, with an estimated 60 crews lining up for a shot at the silverware.

Michel Kelly and Shane Weever will be back again to defend their title after setting a new race record last year. This will be a final shoot out for the pair before the last round of the World Selection Trials in Sydney with both leading the points for selection in the Australian team. Boats can be expected to reach speeds of up to 160kms.

Local team Shooter will be out to impress in both the Masters class and the Unlimited Inboard section after their impressive showing in the recent Australia Day event, where Corakis Col Sheppard, son Brian and Jamie Collins performed outstandingly.

The real racing kick off on Sunday, with Saturday being a fun day of barefoot drags and ski race practice from around 1pm directly in front of the RodnReel Hotel.

On Sunday racing begins at 9am with with the first event a 40km race for sub-junior, junior, womens, social and masters. Race two, an 80km event for the Unlimited Inboard and Unlimited Outboard sections, starts around 10.30am.

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