Water-ski race creates splash at Hunstanton launch

Launch of Hanseatic Ski Races at Hunstanton
left to right Harvey Robinson, Lewis Senior, Sean McCann and Dan List ANL-160619-070425009
Launch of Hanseatic Ski Races at Hunstanton left to right Harvey Robinson, Lewis Senior, Sean McCann and Dan List ANL-160619-070425009

Lynn’s waterfront is set to welcome world-class water-ski racing back to its shores as the second Hanseatic Ski Race takes place on the River Great Ouse next month.

The 2016 races were launched at Hunstanton Ski Club at the weekend. Last year’s event brought Formula 1, 2 and 3 water-ski racing to the river for the first time – and it returns this year on July 9 and 10.

Jason Russell, commodore of Hunstanton Ski Club and chairman of the Hanseatic Ski Race, said: “Anyone who saw, or heard, last year’s event will want to come back and witness this breathtaking spectacle again. High-tech racing boats will speed across the water at close to 100mph, demonstrating the competitors’ speed and stamina.

“It’s rare to be able to see a race from such a great vantage point, as most races take place at sea. This race is going from strength-to-strength – it’ll be loud, exciting, and most of all, unforgettable.”

Eight races will take place over the two days, with competitors coming from far and wide to take part. Organisers are hoping that this event will come to rival the famous Diamond Race which takes place in the Hanseatic town of Antwerp in Belgium.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “Last year’s event was a great success, and we’re really pleased to be supporting it again.”

She added: “Lynn’s historic quarter is the perfect place to watch these exciting races from, and enjoy a fun day out.

“Visitors from around the world will be coming to see this race, and we’re proud of what our wonderful town has to offer them.”

Lynn’s quayside will host a range of fun family activities across both days, including food stalls, sweet stalls and ice cream, an outside barbecue and bar, face-painting, and more, with costumed characters also on hand to join in the fun.

Andrew Hornigold, from Marriott’s Warehouse, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Hanseatic Ski Race again this year. We’re getting involved to help build on the success of this great sporting event, and we urge everyone else to do the same.

“The waterfront is a special place, and the event is really unusual – the combination of the two is unmissable.”

The races will start at 9.30am on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.

Full details of the schedule can be found at www.kingslynnskirace.co.uk