The record for the world’s biggest group water ski was broken at 7.20am in Macquarie Harbour, Strahan. The largest number of single skiers behind a boat turned out to break their own record from March 2010.
154 skiers startws out, with 145 officially making the record books. The mighty Tasmania Eagle ferry (owned by World Heritage Cruises) providing the much-needed horsepower.
The group effort enjoyed clear blue skies, morning sunlight and calm waters. Over 100 volunteers coordinated with military precision to convert the river cruiser into a massive 3000hp ski boat. Over $100,000 was spent on all 3 attempts – an expensive exercise if something were to go wrong.
The logistics were impressive. A 200 tonne crane attached the 90m boom that connected the 154 ski ropes using “Dynex”- a new material that’s stronger than stainless steel.
To qualify for the world record, all skiers must commence from a stationery start. They must be connected individually to a ski rope, ie you cannot have three skiers attached to one ski rope and pulled out of the water together. Skiers also must complete one nautical mile.
The great thing about the record attempt was the commitment of the 154 skiers to work as a single group.