On May 19, 2022

Moama volunteers play key role in world’s largest ski race

Members of Marine Rescue Moama have played a key role in the world’s largest ski race, the Southern 80 run by the Moama Water Sports Club.

Normally held in February, the race this year was moved to mid-May and attracted hundreds of boats and nearly a thousand competitors, as well as tens of thousands of spectators.

This year was the first time MR Moama assisted in the race, supporting NSW Maritime and the race organisers by having their two rescue boats on-call during the race in case of an emergency, as well as assisting NSW Maritime in the post-race clearing of the course.

Prior to the event, members of the unit distributed boating safety education materials and talked to local and visiting boaters to ensure they had a safe as well as enjoyable time on the water.

The busy scene at Moama last weekend.

Principal Manager Maritime South for Transport for NSW Dean Voyer, praised the involvement of the MR Moama volunteers.

‘Thank you to the Moama Marine Rescue unit for their engagement and collaboration in assisting Maritime with this year’s Southern 80,”Mr Voyer said.

“The 80 is one of the marquee NSW aquatic events, along with the likes of those on Sydney Harbour which Marine Rescue NSW also assist with.”

“From my experience with the Southern 80, 2022 was the first year that I understand Marine Rescue has joined with Maritime – and I personally thank you for making the connection between the two agencies.”

“The time of your volunteers, who essentially donated their weekend to support the event, is greatly appreciated and I am sure the role and value of Marine Rescue’s attendance will expand as we work together.”

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