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

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.


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