Full speed ahead for 2012 Club Marine Southern 80

All is set for a terrific weekend of racing on the water and plenty of entertainment on land, with the 2012 Club Marine Southern 80 ready to take place from February 10 to 12 on the mighty Murray River at Echuca, Victoria.

This year’s Southern 80 will kick off early with the Coates Hire ‘Breakfast with the Stars’ at the Kerribee Sound Shell in Moama. Boats competing in the event will be on display here, allowing guests to get up close to these magnificent pieces of art and have a chat with the team members. A range of boats will be on display from the Superclass ‘big boats’ Hellrazor, Burnin, Sapphire Racing to the 60mph boats Sir Walter, Em 4 Metal and The Wedge. If that isn’t enough boat-watching, drop in at the Total Tools Static Display in the main shopping area of Echuca on Saturday morning, where the Superclass boats will be on display with their teams.

On-water action starts early on Saturday morning, with the Social classes leaving from Torrumbarry Weir at 8.30am. Boats will arrive at the Victoria Park Boat ramp just after 9am.

A whopping 593 entries have been received for the event, with 1070 individual competitors travelling to Echuca with the rest of their crews for the event. Some crews average speeds of 150km/h on the winding river – an amazing test of strength for man and machine.

The biggest class in the event (with the most entries) is the 60mph class, in which teams are not permitted to exceed 60mph. The Social class has 45 entries, a further 42 entries are booked in the popular Expert class, and the Tadpoles class has 20 entries, with three sets of brothers and sisters competing against each other.

Guests are in for a fantastic weekend, with plenty to see on land, too, such as freestyle motocross demonstrations featuring Jackson Strong, who landed the first-ever front flip at the X Games in 2011 to win gold in Best Trick category, along with X riders Cam Sinclair and Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams.

The Victoria Park Compound is a fully-catered site and no eskies are permitted. With trade displays from boat manufacturers, Total Tools, official Southern 80 merchandise, paint ball activities, air brush tattoos and plenty of other activities for all ages, the weekend is set to be full of action for the whole family.

For all times, locations and details, or to purchase entry passes, go to: www.southern80.com.au.

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