Race History

The Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic is Australia 's internationally renowned water ski race. Set amidst the backdrop of the picturesque scenery of the incredible Hawkesbury River, this event attracts competitors nationally and globally. The thrill of competing in the Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic is incomparable. It is a great adventure that commences at Dangar Island in Broken Bay and proceeds along the length of the Hawkesbury River finishing in the historic town of Windsor . Interstate and overseas competitors are amazed at the beauty and hospitality of the Hawkesbury region and in particular the township of Windsor , the renowned home of the Bridge to Bridge.

In 1961 a field of only 20 entries just 80 competitors participated in the inaugural Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic. Teams were a mix of the super competitive intermingled with the weekend skier who wanted to brag I conquered the Hawkesbury.' Less than 20 years later over 300 boats (1200 competitors) raced up the Hawkesbury River. In 1984 the Bridge to Bridge entries record was set at 415 boats (1660 competitors). Now 50 years since a dedicated band of pioneers co-ordinated the first Bridge to Bridge, the challenge of this great race attracts a City to Surf mix of participants. Whether a regular ski racer or a once a year Bridge to Bridge competitor or a happy family enjoying a sport together- the goal is the same- to achieve a personal best time in the greatest ski race in the world. It requires commitment and careful planning to complete the112 kilometre course. There is no time to appreciate the beautiful meandering scenery as you negotiate the course in this challenging event. Everyone who as completed this fabulous race agrees that a feeling of euphoria envelops each competitor as he turns the final bend and is greeted by the cheers of the excited crowd of spectators awaiting each team's arrival at Windsor Stadium, Governor Philip Park. On passing the finish buoy the first words that come to each competitor's mind universally translate as I did it!


Hawkesbury's Heros

Outright Winners
Sponsors
Class Record Holders
Class Record Holders (Grid Start)


OUTRIGHT WINNERS

Year

Boat
Time
Skiers
Driver
Observer

1961

Yogi Bear 1hr.33 C.Courtenay/F.Croft E.Palmer L.Lawler
1962 Fleet Fun III 1hr 18.30 C.Courtenay/F.Croft P.Bugden L.Lawler
1963 Patricia 1hr 18.15 J.Butler/D.Herring B.Peacock T.Hilliard
1964 Fleet Fun III 1hr 14.15 C.Courtenay/F.Croft P.Bugden W.Hopkins
1965 Turbofire 1hr 12.33 P.Reeson/D.Herring J.Reeson I.Pilz
1966 Shy Anne 1hr 21.57 P.Ward/R.Bouffler J.Perry F.White
1967 Drag On 1hr 17.22 B.Weick/C.Nurthen C.Weick J.Stevens
1968 Caroline 1hr 03.35 P.McManus/C.Billington B.Hooper M.McManus
1969 Louise J 1hr 05.56 R.Stephens/C.Nurthen N.Griffin L.Hogan
1970 Caroline 59 .10 min P.McManus/C.Billington W.Hooper M.McManus
1971 Louise J 58.32 min W.Jones/G.Faust N.Griffin L.Hogan
1972 Drag Hunter 1hr 01.55 G.Torrens/S.Clifton J.Timbs J.Wolfswinkel
1973 Louise J 57.19 min W.Jones/G.Faust N.Griffin L.Hogan
1974 Wahoo 56.35 min C.Hill/G.Eastgate A.Field K.George
1975 All Torque 56.18 min T.Wood/J.Millhouse W.Allen J.Leeds
1976 Thunderbolt 55.37 min B.Robberds/R.Woods W.Hackett L.Hogan
1977 The Assassin 50.02 min G.Hardaker/T.Longhurst J.Catania R.Hardaker
1978 Firebird 49.31 min R.Wheeler/S.Harrod D.Richardson N.Lee
1979 The Assassin 48.04 min G.Hardaker/R.Woods J.Catania R.Hardaker
1980 The Assassin 47.50 min G.Hardaker/J.Hardaker J.Catania R.Hardaker
1981 The Judge 48.16 min G.Hamilton/R.Brown B.Lindner D.Morris
1982 The Assassin 46.41 min G.Hardaker/J.Hardaker J.Catania I.Hogan
1983* The Assassin 48.46 min G.Hardaker/J.Hardaker J.Catania R.Hardaker
1984 Plus One 46.40.97 M.Pickering/B.Fletcher P.Burke P.Kunze
1985 Moonshot 46.06.77 G.Hardaker/J.Hardaker L.Freemantle G.O’Brien
1986 Moonshot 46.04.02 G.Hardaker/J.Hardaker L.Freemantle R.Hardaker
1987 Moonlight Creeper 46.30.06 R.Twitchin/S.Twitchin K.Broughton S.Broughton
1988 Supafortruss 44.37.50 C.Brown/D.Cropper G.Harris C.Stock
1989 Top Gun 43.53.48 D.Cropper/J.Campbell T.Hughes D.Parkin
1990 Top Gun 43.01.33 D.Cropper/J.Campbell T.Hughes P.Hanckel
1991 Top Gun 43.23.69 D.Cropper/D.Matthews T.Hughes P.Hanckel
1992 Wild Turkey 45.26.79 D.Kaal/B.Calder G.Foran C.Rafferty
1993 Warlord 44.43.41 S.Kell/R.Brown S.Thompson J.Lord
1994 Mirage 43.51.02 C.Brown/D.Cropper K.Broughton J.Hickey
1995 God’s Gift (Vic) 43.43.16 J. Oliver/N. Glynn G. Rithcie S. Thomas
1996 Mr Walker 39.54.27 D. Hanckel/S. Robertson S. Najar D. Haw
1997 The Sting 40.57.12 D.Auld/B.Lehmann K.Broughton H.Broughton
1998 Wild Turkey 44.54.59 T. Graziano/J. Hamilton B. Hobson D. Cook
1999 The Sting 40.38.37 S.Robertson/D.Auld K.Broughton H.Broughton
2000 Mirage 40.44.96 S. Rowe/T. Haig USA B. Gallard T. Whetstone
2002 Stinga 42.40.81 M. Galvin/J. Graziano G. Houston K. Boylan
2003 Stinga 42.50.25 J. Graziano/C. Gelle G. Houston K. Boylan
2004 Stinga 42.22.47 J. Graziano/M. Galvin G. Houston K. Boylan
2005 Stinga 38.57.53 C. Gelle/J. Walmsley G. Houston K. Boylan
* New Lengthened Race Distance from 1983

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SPONSORING THE BRIDGE TO BRIDGE
Class
Sponsor
Women

Auto Group Auctions

Under 8 Litre Inboard

Russell Jones Engines

M.O.C

Watersports Marine

S.M.O.C

Labsport Power Boats

Under 5.2 Litre

Performance wholesalers

141 - 175 Outboard

Precision Marine finishing

Stock Inboard

Rencraft Fiberglass Pty Ld

Under 19 Boys

Lewis Fabrications

Under 16 Boys

JLB Developments

Under 19 Girls

Blue Mountain Motor Wreckers

Under 16 Girls

Narellan Pools - Hawkesbury

Social Outboard

Tri Steel Ballina

Under 13 Girls

Bushy Race Skis

Social Inboard

Cassell Marine

Under 13 Boys

J & J Robertson and Sons
Country Inboard

Stephens Boats

Country Outboard

Super Class Boats

Weekend Warriors

TR Marine World

Super Class

Table Grape Growers

Unlimited

Argo Engineering

Under 6 Litre

Bullet Racing

Over 50's

Super Class Boats

Veterans

IG Autos

Under 10 Boys and Girls

J & J Robertson and Sons
Under 10s Shoot-out

Bushy Race Skis

Hot Shots

Luhrman Group of Companies

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CLASS RECORD HOLDERS
Class
Team
Time
Year
Outright Stinga
38:57.53
2005
Super Stinga
38:57.53
2005
Unlimited Inboard Wild Turkey
45.26.79
1992
Unlimited Outboard Rampage
45:21.89
1995
Under 6 Litre Free Willie
53:31.21
1995
Under 8 Litre Inboard Shades of Gray
49.37.97
1991
Under 19 Boys Argo
45.48.82
1991
M.O.C Outboard Runnin Hot
49:38.56
1995
Under 16 Boys Spring Loaded
50.26.98
1991
S.M.O.C Outboard Sky Lab
52.13.54
1991
Country Outboard Airborne
55.39.37
1992
Under 19 Girls Top Shot
50.21.00
1991
Stock Inboard Sudden Impact
56.49.03
1992
Women Wild Turkey
45.35.12
1993
Under 5.2 Litre Red Pepper
54:12.15
1995
141 Hp - 175 Hp Outboard K T Marine
56.47.43
1991
Under 16 Girls Bulletproof
57.45.07
1991
Country Inboard Argo
51:04.20
1995
Under 13 Boys Smuggler
58.58.55
1992
Social Inboard Noise Works
56:59.40
1995
Social Outboard Simplicity
58.23.99
1991
0 - 140 Hp Outboard Wyvern
63.03.42
1992
Over 50s Hot Shot
58.30.08
1991
Under 13 Girls Peter Pann
68.50.61
1995
Social Class Novice Very Touchy
67.27.82
1991
Social Centremount Ripped
67.37.92
1993
Social Small Outboard Inlika Shot
70.53.81
1993
Under 10 Boys & Girls Stress Factor II
77.37.72
1993
Personal Water Craft Humdinga
130.54.52
1992
NEW FORMAT CLASS RECORD HOLDERS (GRID START)
Class
Team
Time
Year
1.Women Supershot 43.12.59 1997
2.MOC Streamline Boat Covers 46.23.00 2010
3.Under 8 Litre Vengeance 48.29.22 2000
4.SMOC Viscious Rumours 49.47.21 2009
5.Under 6 Litre Double Trouble 47.09.98 2000
6.Under 16 Boys Revenge 49.29.87 2002
7.Under 19 Girls Frantic 51.58.17 2000
8.141-175 Outboard Alibi 55.02.24 2002
9.Under 5.2 Litre The Culprit 47.47.00 2010
10.Stock Inboard Loose n It 50.03.68 2000
11.Country Outboard Tuff-E-Nuff 48.46.01 1997
12.Under 16 Girls Tuff-E-Nuff 54.34.26 1998
13.Country Inboard Nova 53.36.02 1998
14.Social Outboard Crusher 57.53.69 2002
15.0 140 Outboard The Menace 63.40.19 2000
16.Under 13 Boys Cykotic 55.44.74 2002
17.Social Inboard Rebel Yell 57.41.00 2010
18.Under 13 Girls Emotions 62.41.22 2000
19.Weekend Warriors Wizard 69.56.00 1999
20.Under 10 Boys & Girls Big Loll 63.51.00 2010
21.Super Class Stinga 38:57.5 2005
22.Under 19 Boys Humble 43.45.45 1997
23.Unlimited Crazy Horse 44.09.31 1999
24.Twin Rig Cyclone Boats 46.48.32 1997
25. 60MPH Confuzion 67.20.00 2010
26. 2.5 Litre Outboard Saintin 54.07.00 2010
27. Stock 6 Litre Ski Connection 57.45.62 2007
28.Formula 2 Miss Force 49.24.00 2010
29. 70MPH Krakatoa 64.33.55 2008


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