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A competitor lines up at the 2011 Brian Rix Memorial Ski event. Organisers are hopeful of another strong turnout this year.
A competitor lines up at the 2011 Brian Rix Memorial Ski event. Organisers are hopeful of another strong turnout this year. File

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.


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