MASON Vaughan and his water ski racing team, ‘Carlton Dry Racing’ have again wowed the crowds on hand at Echuca’s Southern 80 event by winning back-to-back Unlimited Inboard Social titles and breaking the record for the event.
Not satisfied with that, the team of Vaughan, fellow skier Rory Brockwell, driver Darren Laub and observer Robert Bertram, went back out on the river the following day and won the 8 Litre Expert class for good measure.
The time set on the Saturday of 34 minutes and eight seconds was quick enough to not only be the sixth fastest time over all classes over the weekend, but slick enough to be the fastest among all of the 63 social class teams by almost three and a half minutes.
Brother Clancy, also impressed over the weekend, finishing second in the 5.2 And 6 Litre Social class, behind ‘Monopoly’ with their time fast enough to be fifth among the social class.
After just missing the record in last year’s event, thanks to being caught behind other competitors, Mason Vaughan was thrilled that he and his team was able to not only win, but win with style and take the record and said it was a great weekend in differing conditions.
“We were in the Unlimited Inboard Social, which is the fastest you can go on social race skis,” he said.
“The place you came last year decided the order this year, so since we won last year we were first down the river.
“We had perfect water, the river was still … like glass, and it was perfect conditions so we could really go for it.
“We went for it the whole way and hit 110 miles an hour (177 km/h) up the straights.
“We broke the old record by 10 seconds, so pretty close really.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 20, 2014