Water ski racing returns to King’s Lynn

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn's historic waterfront will echo with the roar or powerboat engines, when water ski racing returns to the River Ouse.

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The third Hanseatic Water Ski Racewill see the return of Formula 1, 2 and 3 racing to South Quay with racing on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18.

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Six races will be staged each day over the two days including an under-eights race.

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

First day of the Hanseatic Water Ski racing in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The Hanseatic Race has firmly established itself and now in its third year matches the famous Diamond Race which takes place in the Hanseatic town of Antwerp in Belgium.

There will also be fun family activities happening on the quayside across both days. These will include food stalls, sweet stalls and ice cream, an outside BBQ and bar.


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The races will start at 10:00am each day through until 3:00pm with full details of the schedule published at www.kingslynnskirace.co.uk.

Jason Russell, president of Hunstanton Ski Club and chairman of the Hanseatic Ski Race, said: 'Anyone who witnessed last year's event first hand will want to come back for more and see this breath-taking spectacle again. Highly-tuned power boats reaching speeds of 100mph plus, at the same time demonstrating the skill of the boat crews enhanced by the courage and fitness of the skiers being pulled behind. It's rare to be able to see the racing from such a great vantage point, as most races take place at sea. This Ski race just gets better and will continue to go from strength to strength – it'll be loud, exciting, and most of all, unforgettable.'

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The event is supported by West Norfolk council, Marriott's Warehouse, Lister's of King's Lynn, Hunters Land Rover, Carter Haulage, B.C. Wiles, Rollins Electrical, BWSW, Brown&Co, Taylor Autos, GB Watersports, Manchetts Ltd, Floorspan Contracts Ltd and Molson Coors Brewing Company UK.

Elizabeth Nockolds, the council's cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: 'Last year's event was a great success, and we're really pleased to be supporting it again. King's Lynn's historic quarter is the perfect place to watch these exciting races from, and enjoy a fun day out. Visitors from around the world will be coming to see this race, and we're proud of what our wonderful town has to offer them'.

Andrew Hornigold, from Marriott's Warehouse, said: 'We're delighted to be involved for the third year running not only as a business on the waterfront, but as a part of the management team and organising body.

'It has given us a great sense of achievement working alongside the borough council to help stage this magnificent sporting festival and for it to become one of the main annual events to be staged in the town of King's Lynn.

'The waterfront is a special place, and the event is really unusual – the combination of the two is unmissable'.

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