Water ski races set for King’s Lynn return in 2016

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay ANL-150824-090951009
Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay ANL-150824-090951009

Spectacular water-ski racing looks set to return to Lynn’s waterfront next year following its successful debut in the town last month.

Thousands flocked to the quay to witness the inaugural Hanseatic ski race weekend in August and talks have taken place between the organisers and West Norfolk Council.

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay, action begins ANL-150824-090815009

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay, action begins ANL-150824-090815009

During Thursday’s full council meeting, Richard Blunt praised what he described as an “excellent” event and asked what its future was.

He said: “To be able to watch skiers at 100 miles per hour was very exciting.

“I spoke to many members of the public and they were very impressed with the waterfront. This could be a very important event for the borough.”

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, replied: “I have spoken to the organisers and they passed on a lot of compliments for what our staff did to make it a successful event.

“They would wish to have another event next year, possibly in July, as they have to work with the high tide.”

The races were among a series of free events held in Lynn since the spring in a bid to encourage more visitors into the town centre.

Mrs Nockolds’ report to the meeting said average footfall in the town centre had risen by at least 20 per cent compared to August last year, while some weekend figures were as much as 30 per cent higher.