Locals step up for upset

A LARGE contingent of local boats will contest the Mildura 100 this weekend.

Mildura Ski Club president Geoff Thomson said there had been a surge in local boats entering­ this year’s race.

“The local contingent is one of the biggest we’ve had in a while, because there will be two or three new boats out there,” Thomson said.

“We’ve got in excess of 10 local­ boats.

“It’s pleasing from the club’s perspective because we have worked pretty hard on junior development in both ski racing and tournaments.”

After their dominant performance at the Robinvale 80 last month, Hellrazor will again be favourite for this weekend’s race, which will be the 42nd running of the event.

The Hellrazor team are aiming for their fifth consecutive Mildura 100 title, but Thomson said there could be an upset on the cards.

“They are a class team and well organised so they will definitely be the pacesetters,” he said.

“It has been an interesting year because there have been a few other boats pop up and they are up and about.

“The unlimited field behind the superclass is also very competitive. An unlimited boat won at Echuca so that’s how close it is now. Those boats, like Burnin and Stinga, are knocking on the door.”

Thomson said there would be more than 230 boats out on the water this weekend.

“Entries are up this year by about 40 or 50, so we’ve got well over 400 entrants,” he said.

“That has been the trend in the races since Christmas at Echuca and Robinvale, their numbers have been up.”

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