Boat 'Prima Dona' was participating in the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic Parade at Grafton on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Boat 'Prima Dona' was participating in the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic Parade at Grafton on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Boaters urged to put safety first

Boaters are reminded to put safety first when navigating near the North Coast's largest water-ski race next weekend.

Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis said an exclusive use aquatic licence has been granted to organisers for the Grafton Bridge to Bridge high speed water-ski race from Friday 4 October to Sunday 6 October.

"Six Roads and Maritime Services boating safety officers will be on patrol to ensure the safe running of the event and all boaters are reminded to take extra care, prepare lifejackets and follow directions," Mr Gulaptis said.

"An exclusion zone will be in place and recreational and commercial boaters will not be able to navigate beyond the course area north of Susan Island to the Harwood Bridge. "The area will be marked by buoys.

"About 100 participants are expected to compete in the event, which starts with a test and tune day on Friday, followed by a qualifying heats on Saturday and races on Sunday.

"Boaters not involved in the event must not enter the exclusion zone unless authorised by a boating safety or police officer," Mr Gulaptis said.

Spectator vessels will be able to assemble off course at the entrance to the Broadwater, at the western end of the South Arm at Brushgrove/Cowper, at the eastern end of the South Arm at Maclean and the entrance to the North Arm of the Clarence River at Ashby or downstream of the Harwood Bridge. To ensure a safe and successful event, boaters can brush up safety information at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime



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