H2O speedsters fill the Fairbairn
IF IT is high speed, water-borne action that you're after, then the Brian Rix Memorial Ski on September 8-9 has you covered.
This year will herald the event's fourth consecutive year and remembers the life of former Blackwater skier Brian Rix who was killed in a boating accident in 1999.
A likeable-larrikin, Brian is remembered fondly as a down-to-earth bloke who was always there for his friends.
Keeping the tradition alive is younger brother and event co-ordinator Neil Rix who said he was expecting skiers to travel from right around the state for the competition at Emerald's Fairbairn Dam.
The 19-race program will ensure even the most discerning of ski fan is entertained throughout the weekend, which will culminate in the 50km feature race.
"It's normally a 100km classic but we've shortened it and put it over a 5-6km course, which will make it better for the spectators," Rix said.
"The fastest 10 boats will go through."
He is also expecting a strong field in the 84 mph modified open cockpit class - one of the toughest to race in according to Rix because of its popularity among fellow skiers.
A band will play to shore-bound spectators on the Saturday night with bar and food facilities available.
Organisers are also hoping to stage a night ski event sometime during the weekend.