Water ski racing comes to Lynn

water skiing 2 600This weekend high speed ski racing comes to King’s Lynn.

This high-octane, energy-fuelled event, will take place on the River Great Ouse providing a breath-taking show for spectators, the likes of which have not been seen before in King’s Lynn.

Competitors, who are coming from all over Europe, will compete in Formula 1, 2 and 3 races and the high-tech racing boats will reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Race organiser Jason Russell, Commodore of Hunstanton Ski Club, said: “We’ve had a great response so far with around 14 entries for the main race, which is impressive as this is our first event on the river. The view for spectators should be great, wherever they are along the quayside. It’s really exciting to see and the best thing is there’s no charge – just turn up and watch!”

The event takes place on 22 and 23 August 2015 with races happening between 10.30am and 1pm on Saturday and from 11am until 2pm on Sunday. And in between races there will be loads to do with art and craft stalls, an outside bar and food stalls all along the quayside along with a bouncy castle and face painting. Live music will be playing at Marriott’s Warehouse from 3pm onwards featuring Tom Lumley, Oscar Carney, Victor Velocette, Mark Ellis, Mark Gibson and Kara Lumley.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “This is one of the most unusual events we’ve had taking place in King’s Lynn this year, but it’s sure to be popular and is set to rival the world-renowned Diamond Race, which is one of the only other water ski race events that takes place on a river. People will be able to view competitors racing across the choppy surface of The Wash as they aim to be the fastest.”

The Hanseatic Ski Race has been organised by Hunstanton Ski Club with support from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. Organisers would particularly like to thank the host of sponsors who have helped make this event possible, particularly Marriott’s Warehouse, Rathskeller and Carter Building.

For more information about the Hanseatic Ski Race go to www.kingslynnskirace.co.uk and download the brochure.

On 23 August, in addition to the Hanseatic Ski Race, magic and enchantment rules supreme in King’s Lynn. The Fairy Tales and Legends event will see a host of activities and workshops in and around the town including dragon taming, story telling, and a giant beanstalk climbing wall. Favourites such as Rapunzel, Thumbelina, Elsa, Prince Charming and Cinderella will all be gracing the town for one day only. Find out more at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/fairytales.

A note on parking and road closures

It is expected that it will be busy so it is suggested that spectators either park in the Multi-Storey Short-Stay and walk through the town or alternatively use the Long Stay car parks at the northern end of town (Common Staithe Quay, Juniper, Austin Street West, Austin Street East) where there will be more spaces and it’s just £2.20 all day if arriving before 10am. (The cost is £2.90 if purchased after 10am.) Boal Quay is not advised as space will be limited and will fill early.

There will be road closures and parking restrictions in the run up to and throughout the event as follows:

Thursday 20 August – Monday 24 August inclusive, there will be no parking between Boal Quay and College Lane, all vehicles must be removed by midnight on Wednesday 19 August.

Saturday 22 August 00:01 until Sunday 23 August 16:00 there will be no parking on the remainder of the quayside between College Lane and King Staithe Square. All vehicles must be removed by midnight on Friday 21 August.

Saturday 22 August 08:00 – 23:15hrs and Sunday 23 August 08:00 – 18:00hrs the road between Boal Quay and College Lane will be closed to through traffic, with escorted access only for those with off-street properties.