Waterskiers in action at Lyme Regis

Simon Dowling.

Simon Dowling. - Credit: Archant

Weston Bay Watersports Club members took part in the second round of the National Waterski Racing Championships.

WESTON Bay Watersports Club members John Grimes, Simon Dowling and Chris Preece all attended the second round of the National Waterski Racing Championships in Lyme Regis.

The main race of 50 minutes was to be held first, where Simon Dowling and team Bedlam were competing in Formula 3 and Chris Preece skiing behind in Team Hammered in Formula 2.

After a short delay at the start, the flags went down and the race began, Chris and Barry Gibson (from Hunstanton) were the only skiers not to make their first pull.

With Steve Benny driving and Chris Godwin observing, they did a fantastic job to make up time and Chris managed to make up a few places due to fallen skiers. However, on the offshore leg coming back, Chris also took a fall.


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Simon Dowling and Team Bedlam had a great start battling through the extremely difficult conditions in the smallest boat in the field. Simon managed to retain his lead despite several falls throughout the 50 minutes.

Team Hammered fell a couple more times during the race, with only the winning Formula 2 skier not taking a fall out of all the competitors, placing Chris and the team ninth.

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The skiers now have a few weeks off until their next race in Scotland at the end of the month. However, Weston Bay Watersports Club will be holding a fun event in the bay over the weekend of May 18-19, so pop down an watch the action.

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