Riding on the wave of success

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay, action begins ANL-150824-085920009
Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay, action begins ANL-150824-085920009
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Thousands of people lined the banks in Lynn to watch daredevil water skiers brave the waves on the River Great Ouse.

Lynn hosted the first Hanseatic Ski Race on Saturday and Sunday, which proved to be a big success.

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay ANL-150824-090951009

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay ANL-150824-090951009

Families gathered along Lynn’s South Quay and on the river bank in West Lynn to watch the water ski racing action.

Around 25 entrants from across Europe, including Belgium, Holland and Scotland, descended on the town for a weekend of racing.

Speed is the aim of the sport, with competitors skiing for 30 minutes, plus a lap.

The fastest speed recorded over the weekend event was 115mph.

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay, action begins ANL-150824-085941009

Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay, action begins ANL-150824-085941009

One of the people behind it, Laura List, said the weekend was “absolutely fantastic” and is hoping to hold more events here.

Mrs List, whose husband Dan was competing, said: “Normally they are racing at sea so they can’t see the 
spectators but here, on the river, they could see the faces as they went past, which was a luxury.

“We have been asked by all the competitors when they can come back and it would be fantastic to hold another race here, or even a European championships.”

Businesses from across the town have praised the family atmosphere at the event. It was organised by Jason Russell, commodore of Hunstanton Ski Club, with help from West Norfolk Council.

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Ski Racing event King's Lynn South Quay, action begins ANL-150824-090703009

Marriott’s Warehouse and the Hanse House also sponsored the race.

James Lee, owner of the Hanse House, said: “The weekend went really well and the weather was perfect.

“It was really good to see the quayside busy.”

Malcolm Catlin, who is one of the owners of Marriott’s, said: “The feedback we’ve had from the skiers is that it is a brilliant venue in terms of the river and general infrastructure.

“It is also good to see the river being used more and more.”