Southern 80 2022-Information – @ 22nd February 2022

New format for Classes 2-16 at 2022 Southern 80.

The Moama Water Sports Club has added a new and exciting part to the Southern 80 in 2022 in our Saturday racing. An Expert Shoot out for Sunday starting positions!

All Sunday Afternoon Expert Classes (2-16) will have an extra (Expert) run on Saturday in the Expert Shoot Out. This is separate from the Bakers Blitz & President’s Dash and is for all those from the above mentioned classes not in either of these.

This will be run in your SRA seeded starting order and will be for your starting order on Sunday afternoon. We anticipate this will be from mid/late morning Saturday after Social, Disabled, Veterans & Senior Social classes.

The cost for this has been included into your entry fee for these classes and you don’t have to do an additional entry. If you enter any of the classes 2-16, you will be automatically included in the Expert Shoot Out.


Schedule of events

Conditions of Entry

Please note SRA Gate 1 scrutineering is required for all boats and we will still be in Gate 1 scrutineering on the new Southern 80 date.

All competitors are requested to provide their SRA picture id Membership Card when signing in at each breath testing. Signing in will be via the bar code on your SRA membership card. All skiers are to present their helmets to the breath testing area for checking each time.

Your Boat entry Fee includes the following

  • $230.00 Race Safe H20 Fee
  • $40.00 SRA Boat Levy
    Total SRA Fees $270.00

Your entry fee for the following classes

  • Class 1-16 $455.00 Incudes Blitz, President’s Dash(if selected by SRA Seeding) or Sunday Afternoon Expert Shootout
  • Classes 17-25 $355.00
  • Classes 26-36 $250.00
  • Classes 41 – 42 $250.00
  • Classes 37 & 38 $100.00

Entry fee, includes the costs to run the event including SRA sanctioning, Ambulance, administration costs, trophies etc.

It is recommended that at least one Telstra mobile phone be carried in the boat, as this service has been found to provide the best coverage in this area, in the case of an emergency. Please ensure that this number is noted against the driver or observer in the event, in the case that we need to contact you urgently. Driver and Observer phone numbers as per SRA membership come up on Racesafe screen at Race Control.

All boats as per SRA sanctioning are to carry RaceSafe H2O. If you have an SRA membership that covers 2 boats each boat must have its own RaceSafe unit. Units cannot be swapped between boats unless prior approval from Race control. Further information about this device, where to get mounting kits, where to mount it, and what it can do can be obtained from the SRA website or Race Safe H20

This event will be timed utilizing the Race Safe H20 Unit, please ensure that it is fitted correctly. If we are unable to read your unit, you will not receive a time for the event and will be disqualified if unit is not correctly fitted.

Any breach of the MWSC Conditions of entry or our aquatic permit will lead to penalties / disqualification as per the discretion of the Chief Judge in consultation with MWSC officials are final and will accepted by all team members as per entry form.


The Southern 80 Ski Race is conducted under Ski Racing Australia Rules (“SRA”), Moama Water Sports Club (“MWSC”) conditions of entry and Aquatic permit conditions from RMS NSW. All competitors will be conversant with all such RULES and Conditions of entry. The MWSC reserves the right to refuse entry to any Competitor at any time prior to the commencement of their race.

Entry to event

An entry is not deemed to be accepted until all payments have been made.

Risk Waiver

By entering this event the competitor acknowledges that Ski Racing is a dangerous sport in which there is an inherent and significant risks that physical injury, including serious and permanent disability and incapacity and even death (injury) may occur.


Full refunds are only given if notification is given in writing prior to the 14th April 2022 via  email address.

RaceSafe H20 refund given if notification is given in writing prior to the 6th May 2022

SRA Boat Race Day Fee refund given if notification is given in writing prior to Wednesday 12th May 2022.

All refunds will incur a $30 admin fee and will be processed to the team captain within two weeks after the conclusion of the event.


Briefing will only be via online only-link will be emailed to current Competitors on Sunday 8th May 2022 and must be completed by 11.59pm Thursday 12th May 2022 Failure to complete briefing will mean a non-start SRA rule 13.12b.


All Competitors must have current SRA approved State Ski Racing License and Maritime License (or state equivalent).

Competitor Safety Equipment

All boats must carry Maritime Safety Equipment. Drivers, Observers and Skiers must wear approved life jackets and helmets and all SRA safety equipment.

Team Captains

We will be contacting team captains via email and SMS before and during the event, please ensure that these details are correct with Ski Racing Australia.

Unforeseen circumstances

MWSC will not be responsible for any delays or cancellation of the event caused by a force majeure event including but not limited to acts of God, fire, war, terrorism, epidemic, earthquake, strike, bad weather, labour controversy, order of court, shortage or interruptions of facilities or material supply.

Crew Responsibility

Competitors will obey directions from all Officials as per SRA Rules Code of Conduct. All competitors will be conversant with MWSC Briefing Sheet regulations regarding withdrawals, injuries and recovery of stricken boats. Breaches of these rules may incur disqualification from future MWSC races.


All Competitors must attend breath testing prior to every race. i.e.; if you are racing Sunday morning & Sunday afternoon you must be breath tested twice Sunday prior to each race. Random drug testing will be carried out. Alcohol is not permitted to be carried in boats. Consumption of Alcohol is not permitted by Competitors until Boat and Crew are all out of the water. Breach of this rule may incur disqualification from future MWSC races.

Boat Regulations

No refuelling in the water at any time. No pulling of drain plugs when on ramps.

Notification of numbers

They will be emailed to Team Captains, after 20th April 2022, please ensure your details are correct with SRA.

Post-Race Scrutineering

Scrutineering of boats Post-Race will be carried out in both Inboard and Outboard classes. All engines will be checked, when requested by Chief Scrutineer with two sober team members only. Refer also to SRA 11.11 Failure to comply will incur immediate disqualification.

Social Classes

Skis used in social classes must conform to SRA rule 8.7 Ropes in Social Classes at the Southern 80 to be MAX 75m including tracer and handles.


Superclass entrants must have applied to SRA to compete in Superclass as per SRA rule 8.11. A completed entry must be submitted and a second class nominated.

Bakers Blitz and Presidents Dash

Bakers Blitz and Presidents Dash, all these boats will run Saturday for position on Sunday, you must supply their own Blitz and Dash number, Blitz will be Super Class boats, Dash will be next fastest boats as seeded by the SRA seeding committee and will be advised by MWSC after 19th April 2022. Format will be from boat seeded in position 40 down to boat seeded in position with 2 minutes between all boats. Sunday number will be provided by MWSC.

Expert Shootout – Classes 2-16 (Saturday)

Teams entered in Expert classes 2-16 will be racing on Saturday afternoon in SRA seeded position for their start positions on Sunday afternoon, One minute between boats. Teams are required to provide their race number for Saturday and MWSC will provide numbers for Sunday.


No boat is to move along the course once they have ceased racing, until the Sweep Boat has passed displaying the Green Flag stating “River Open”. (see condition 12)

Substitutions All substitutions are to be in writing via email. No substitutions will take place during the Race (no swapping positions), breach of this rule will incur disqualification.

Specific Classes

Under 10’s Class to tow ONE skier, Disabled Class to tow ONE skier unless prior arrangement with race committee.

Race Day

Report Failure to complete race day reports within 1 hour from completion of racing will see time/result not being posted. Please comply.

Any breach of MWSC Conditions of Entry will lead to Penalties/Disqualification as per the discretion of the Chief Judge in consultation with MWSC officials. Decisions are final and will be accepted by all members as indicated on the entry form.

Training on the Murray River

If you are out Training for the Southern 80, please be aware that you are on the water under Normal NSW Roads & Maritime regulations. All safety equipment must be carried in your vessel (e.g. bailing bucket, no bow riding etc). You must adhere to and OBEY all Maritime speed and No Wash zones. You must not be on the water before Official Sunrise.

We strongly recommend that no one is on the water before 7.30am and not upstream of 5 mile before 7.30am as you are in the township of Moama soon after and we are struggling to fend off complaints. Do not ski through Wills Bend-NO Ski Zone. Any team that disobeys this Maritime rule will be instantly disqualified from the 2022 Southern 80. This will include the whole team (Boat, Driver, Observer & skiers) from every Southern 80 2022 event

Also remember the river is OPEN to all at these times, you must stay on your side of the river! We also recommend that no one train traveling downstream before 8.30am. Failure to follow these guidelines, can see the MWSC committee withdraw your entry from this year’s Southern 80 with no refund.

Images and Likeness

Participants agree for MWSC to use their image and likeness for event promotion and media.

Marine Safety Regulation

We need to remind you about Marine Safety Regulation 2016 which states

  • The operator of a vessel must not operate the vessel at a speed of more than 60 knots (70mph) if any person under the age of 18 years is onboard the vessel. (Division 4, Point 12 of Marine Safety Regulation 2016)
  • The operator of a vessel must not operate the vessel at a speed of more than 60 knots (70 mph) if any person under the age of 18 years is being towed by that vessel. (Division 8, Point 48 of Marine Safety Regulation 2016)
  • This clause does not apply to a vessel operated in accordance with an aquatic licence.

Just as a reminder – we apply for an exception to this rule under our Aquatic Licence. If you practice outside the rule, we may not be granted an Aquatic Licence.