Season Update

2021 – 2022 Season Update

Welcome to the second half of our season.  Your 2021/2022 membership is current until 31 December 2022.

MAJOR EVENTS up to 31 December 2022

1 & 2 October

  • Grafton Bridge to Bridge.

15 & 16 October

  • NSW H120 – With the damage to the Hawkesbury River, Ski Racing NSW is going on the road and will be hosting this year’s H120 on the Manning River Taree. The ‘Bridge to Beach’ is an exciting development that will see the return of ski racing to a beautiful NSW waterway.   

29 & 30 October

  • Murray Darling 110 – Ted Hurley Ski Race

12 November

  • Beehag 100 Water Ski Race

26 & 27 November

  • Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic 

CALENDAR

MEDICAL & CPR REQUIREMENTS

  • Medical and CPR (minimum of HTLAID009) expire on 30 June. 

Competitors are reminded to check that their Medical and CPR are current.  No exemptions will be given for competitors to race without a current Medical or CPR. 

Give yourself enough time to book an appointment or course. Once completed please email a copy of your new certificate to memberships@skiracing.com.au

  • Medical forms can be found on our website under the Membership tab

BOAT SAFETY SCRUTINEERING

  • Safety Scrutineering is required before any boat can compete in an SRA sanctioned event. 

2021-22 Season  –  Gate 4 – Prior to any boat competing in its next event. 

 

  • 2023 Season

Gate 1 – Opens 1 February 2023.  All boats regardless of whether having competed or not must be re-scrutineered. 

**  New boats for the 2023 season must be scrutineered prior to their first race **

Gate 1 note – All boats with cable steering are required to change their steering cable.

Gate 1 note – All V-drives must have their prop and rudder crack tests.

 

AGE DIVISIONS

  • The age of competitors prior to midnight on 30 June 2022 determines their eligibility for age divisions for the season. Rule 8.4a (ii).  

You’ll note that there has been a change to the calendar for the “season” year, but not to the “age division” year.

The Ski Racing Australia season is now the calendar year – membership runs from 1 January to 31 December. This is a requirement for insurance and

unfortunately there isn’t any way to change this at this time.

However, there has not been a change to the age divisions.

As before, a competitor’s age on 30 June(annually) determines eligibility for age divisions.

 

What does this mean for you right now?

For juniors, and those seniors racing age divisions, your division may have changed on 1 July 2022. 

This may also mean your age-related speed restriction has changed.

If your age/speed division has changed on 1 July 2022, eligible members will not be charged any additional fees to go “up” a division for the remainder of 2022. 

SRA’s membership administrator will be updating the system to reflect these changes. If you think you should be changed, or if you want further clarification, email memberships@skiracing.con.au

 

What should you do next year?

When you are completing membership applications for the 2023 season (1 Jan 2023 – 31 Dec 2023), note that your age division (and any associated speed restriction) will automatically be updated on 1 July 2023. At this time, SRA has not determined if an additional fee will be payable due to the mid-year change in 2023.

 

We’re aware that these changes might cause some confusion for age division racers, as the calendar year doesn’t align with the summer season and existing ski racing seasons. However the new arrangement has been determined in consultation with the state ski racing bodies.

We can’t wait to see you all back on the water.

Let’s go racing!

Ski Racing Australia

Water Traffic Restrictions Murray Bridge

Notice is given that pursuant to Section 26 of the Harbors and Navigation Act 1993, Department for Infrastructure and Transport has granted an Aquatic Activity Licence to Ski Racing South Australia to conduct water ski racing on an area of the River Murray at Murray Bridge as follows:
For the full width of the river upstream end of Hume Reserve to 200 metres upstream of the Swanport Bridge on 11th, 12th, and 13th June 2022 between the hours of 8.00 am and 4.30 pm each day.
No access corridor will be provided – vessels may pass through the licensed area only at the discretion of the duty boat operators.
SKI RACING SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SA Titles Presentation Night

Swanport Hotel 7:30pm

SA Titles 2022

Entries are now open for the SA Titles to be held in Murray Bridge on the June long weekend.

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Racing Racing Racing- Let’s go Racing

SEASON IS GO!! – Racing to commence in November

It seems the Covid God’s are finally giving us a break and it is with enormous relief, the Board of SRA along with the Heads of States and Clubs, the SRA Racing Committee and the Safety Committee, are in a position to announce a go live for the season.

There’s been a bit of work done since we last communicated, mainly to consider the start/end dates of the new season. We are super conscious none of us have raced in some time, so our proposal is to come back to racing with the best deal we can offer. Please see dot points below –

Your 12 month membership will now include –

• A 14 month season – starting in November 2021 and concluding 31st Dec 2022;
• An early bird discount extension of 10% for those who pay prior to Oct 31st, 2021;
• 10 Classic events (normally its 8) plus the new format Barry Beehag 100km race;
• A second boat policy (second to none) where if you do not utilise your second boat simultaneously in the same race, in the next race you can substitute your boat out for the other at no cost;
• The addition of a new tiered approach to your membership, ensuring lower risk classes are rewarded with a lower cost membership;
• A new ‘Tier 8’ racing format for clubs wanting to run lower cost races and to entice old and new members into the sport. SRA is extremely proud of this approach, with Region V and Cliftonville clubs re affiliating themselves with SRA. Our aim is to attract other clubs from Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to this format to get boats out of sheds and old members dusting off their gear;
• A reasonable sized discount on your individual and boat membership vs last year.

Races will recommence as soon as 30th October at some venues and most States and Clubs in NSW and Qld will kick off through Nov and Dec. Vic is awaiting an increased Vaccination rate but are getting ready to go with plans to race on 13th 14th of November (TBC).

Our first Classic race will be the Ted Hurley on January 22/23. We urge everyone to enter a couple of local Point Scores / Series Days or local events prior to your first race. Any time you spend back in the saddle will be good time as we will all likely be a bit rusty.

Our Calendar will be available in the next week or so.

Lastly, our COVID refund policy –
SRA is a Not-for-profit organisation and plan to provide a membership refund where Classic races are interrupted by COVID-19. This will be based on the cost of insurance at that point in time (non refundable portion) and then based on the percentage of the year/races that have been impacted. Our focus is on the Classics, as Series Days and Point Scores can be re-scheduled where possible.

Racing wherever you are racing, will house some minor differences. Please be patient with officials and fellow competitors as we all start to understand what that might look like.

We cant wait to see you all back on the water.

Let’s Go Racing

SRA Board

By SkiRacing |October 8th, 2021

SRA Season is Go!!

Live – SRA is excited to announce our 2021/2022 Season is GO!
In the off season (so to speak), the new SRA Board has secured an insurance deal, put together a Racing Committee along with a Heads of States and Clubs forum, and together we are super excited to announce we are in a position to get ready to GO RACING for the 2021/2022 season. Memberships and fees to be released shortly – watch this space!

CEO Update

Thursday August 20, 2020

Change to racing season

Due to the on-going and complex restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the hard border closures, the board of Ski Racing Australia have decided it is necessary to postpone the commencement of 2020/2021 season. The season is now proposed to run the full calendar year from January to December 2021.

This is a decision that has not been taken lightly but the on-going uncertainties in Victoria and the border closures between Vic, NSW and QLD have made it extremely difficult for our event organisers to plan their races with any certainty at all. Without a doubt this has been an extremely difficult time for businesses and individuals as well as the various sporting codes and clubs.

So, whilst we take a pause on the racing, we want you to stay “connected” during the “down time” .  The SRA board and committee members are also looking at how best to use this time and will be focusing on improvements to the rule book, looking at a number of suggested race improvements and at a number of key safety initiatives.  We will also be working with the Clubs so that we are all ready to re-start the sport in the New Year in the best shape possible.

Memberships

SRA understand that members may be reluctant to renew their usual full membership at the moment, but we are encouraging all of you to stay connected by joining as a $100 Social member during this extended off season.  This will also help to support SRA and our work over the next few months.

In the next few weeks, you will receive a “new” social membership renewal form. This form will replace the form that was sent out earlier this year.

Your new membership renewal form will also include an option for you to make a donation to support the work of the SRA board and committees over the coming months through a donation to SRA.

Some of you will recall the important work on helmets safety that has previously been carried out by Dr Andrew McIntosh.  The next stage of that work, which was recommended by SRA’s Safety Committee in conjunction with the Department of Maritime Safety, was in relation to head and neck restraint testing.   SRA is keen to proceed to this phase of this vitally important testing and research.

If you have renewed your membership already, our membership officer, Sue, will be in touch with you. 

New renewal forms will be sent out again in October/November 2020 for the 2021 season.

  • Here are some key points to assist members to understand the current state of play:

How many races will there be then next year?

SRA: We expect that there will be up to 24 events (the same number of events as previously proposed).  It is likely that some of the Series Days and Point scores may have to be re-scheduled but the intention is “Classic River Races” will maintain their annual date.   SRA will be working with the clubs around new dates, and a revised calendar will be released by SRA later in the year, closer to the start of the 2021 season.

If I re-join at the $100 “social” rate, will this come off my membership next year?

SRA: No.  This is just an interim social membership.  You will receive a new renewal form for the 12 months from 1 January 2021

Will the SRA Office remain functioning during this time

SRA: Yes, but on reduced hours. To keep the costs down, Sue (Harris – Memberships Manager) will work reduced part-time hours, however membership enquiries will continue to be addressed as soon as practicable.

What is happening with the newly formed committees?

SRA: The Racing Committee will be finalised in the next few weeks and the Safety Committee will re-start their meetings and subsequent work. The plan is to spend this time making sure the racing is in the best shape possible for kick off in January. This will include review of the rule book, safety procedures, scrutineering and SRA policies around event and risk management.

On behalf of the Board and Chair of Ski Racing Australia I wish to thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time. It is important to stay safe, reach out to support each other and also support SRA and our clubs as we prepare for racing again in the New Year! 

Yours in Ski Racing,

Cam McConville

CEO

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