MEDIA RELEASE

31st October 2019

The Moama Water Sports Club is proud to present the 14th Annual Barrie Beehag Water Ski Race on Saturday 16th November 2019. The race takes place on the Murray River between Deep Creek Marina Moama and Torrumbarry Weir.

This year the event has attracted over 100 boats travelling from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria for this popular ski race.

Racing starts at 9.30 am with local boat The Mistress, who won last years event, keen to make it back to back wins for 60km trek to Torrumbarry and return.  The 100 plus boats will leave then, in 1-minute intervals.  The thirteen classes represent competitors aged 9 to 60 competing at a range of speed and engine classes.  The superclass teams can do one leg around 11 minutes. The Superclass teams this year are:

  • TR – Last years winner of the Superclass at the Barrie Beehag and winner of the 2019 Southern 80. Skiers are Ray Ball and local Dylan Stevenson.
  • Arkham Asylum, who won the event outright in 2017, and was second in the 2019 Southern 80. Skiers are Clancy Vaughan and Reece Simmonds.
  • Superman, who has not had much success on the Murray River at Echuca / Moama, but wishes to turn that around. He will be towing his ever-reliable skiers Daniel Cotton & Daniel Graziano.
  • Pigs Arsenal, from Mildura. They have had mixed success but brothers Sean and Jack Stevens would love to see a win on this part of the Murray River.

Once all the boats have reached Torrumbarry and have been accounted for, they are then sent back to Deep Creek Marina in the time order in which they finished.  The two times combined will determine the winners in the 13 classes.

Whilst the teams are on the water, there is lush green grass at Deep Creek to sit on picnic style with the family, waiting for the boats to return.  Official Barrie Beehag merchandise and race day programs will be available, along with food stalls including hot food, coffee and ice cream available.  Entry to the Deep Creek Marina area is $5 and with profits from the gate donated to Echuca Regional Health in memory of Barrie Beehag, a former life member and past president of the Moama Water Sports Club.

At the conclusion of racing, there will be music provided at the Deep Creek Marina Hotel by “Three’s a crowd”, as people catch up with friends and family.

MWSC President Steve Shipp said “The Beehag is a relaxed family ski race, highlighting the teams enjoying each others competitive spirit on the water and catching up for a chat on the bank afterwards.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Barrie Beehag.

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