VALE ROBBIE GRAHAM

To day will be remembered with deep sadness.
Robbie Graham fought a battle with cancer and sadly lost his fight. Passing away peacefully 13th January 2020 May He Rest In Peace
Our Sincere condolences to his wife Kerry, and the Graham and Ritchie families.

Robbie came from a family involved in water skiing over many  seasons; Father Ian was a V.W.S.A. Councillor, Chief Moomba Masters Tournament boat driver, Mother Betty, Chief calculator for Moomba  tournaments and various regional events.. Robbie commenced his water skiing at an early age 12 years as a tournament skier, skied on the Yarra River as part of the Moomba Masters,and Moomba Ski Shows.  He then moved on to have many more years involvement with the Ski Racing Division of the V.W.S.A both on water and administration, became President of the Victorian Water Ski Association. As President of V.W.S.A. formed the State and Australian Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation   Disabled Division, now accepted by the IWWF, also a member of Team Australia Powerboat Racing. A passion for all water sports.

Sadly missed by all

Hereby acknowledge Vale by a past member Lundi Castellano 

Today a legend has passed away, Robbie Graham was a towering presence in Australia’s water skiing landscape. A fabulous skier a great leader and the original Ski Show Director for the first Aussie Moomba Masters Ski Show. Never one to shy away from a challenge, if Robbie said it could be done, his loyal band of skiers achieved it. Robbie loomed large in all our lives for many years. Life goes on but I’m sure everyone will look back over those years with a sense of pride and a love for the good mates  we had and the fun times we shared.

Robbie Graham you will never be forgotten my thoughts and prayers to Kerry and his families.

Towing Hand Signals

Communicating and Hand Signal for towed sports

The need for driver, observer and rider communication is the most important thing to understand before you even step near the water. There are many hand signals that you need to know as you venture further into your sport, but the four cornerstones are:

  • Faster – thumb up
  • Slower – thumb down
  • Turn around – circular helicopter motion above your head with your arm or hand
  • Home (or in the boat) – patting your head with your hand

www.transportsafety.vic.gov.au/maritime-safety/recreational-vessel-operators/towed-water-sports

Holiday Tips

To ensure you all have the best possible boating and  skiing  this  season , it is most important to do a SAFETY CHECK.  Be prepared before you leave shore.

P.F.D. ‘s   on all recreational vessels at all times.

(1)  Regulations to be observed .

(2)  Carry safety equipment at all times according to regulations.

(3 ) Do  Not exceed Speed Limits.

(4 )  Keep a look out at all times especially for other craft or water skiers on waterways.

(5) Never drink alcohol before or whilst operating a vessel or skiing.

Take care and enjoy your boating and water skiing activities.

Summer is fast approaching

Summer is fast approaching and the holiday season will see lots of water skiing and boating activities

The Victorian Water Ski Association recommends that boat owners be aware of all boating regulations for Victorian Waters and New South Wales waters in particular the Murray River

Recreational Water skiers and boat owners be aware of all

Safety duties—Speed and distance on water—Life jackets—and boat requirements.

For Victorian Waters please contact Transport Safety Victoria or www.transportsafety.vic.gov.au

For New South Wales waters http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/index.html

SAFE BOATING AND WATER SKIING TO ALL

Water Safety

SAFETY

Friendly reminder from Victorian Water Ski Association

Maritime Safety Victoria is warning boaters and skiers to be on the lookout for hazards when enjoying inland waters activities.

Following a very dry year water levels are low in many of the State’s inland waters.

Please be aware of  changes to permitted speed on some waterways when the levels drop.

Andy Mapple – VALE

Victorian Water Ski Association & Moomba Masters

Mourns the passing of one of its greatest champions

ANDY MAPPLE

Thank you Andy for all the wonderful moments of water skiing viewing you gave to the thousands of spectators watching you from the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne, Australia.  Great sportsman and ambassador of water skiing.

A legend

You leave us and the world wide skiing fraternity with such treasured memories.

Our deepest condolences to Deena and family.

Patti Stokes – VALE

It is with deep sadness I advise of the passing of Patti Stokes Deepest Sympathies are extended to the family Noel(Dec)  Gregory , Robyn, David, & Ray (Dec) Patti & Noel Stokes were well known to the water skiing fraternity in Australia & Overseas , and have hosted many International skiers. Both of them, with family members, spent many hours supporting the “legend of the Moomba Masters Championships” and gave encouragement to all water skiing activities.

Peter Glanville – VALE

The President, and directors of the Victorian Water Ski Association offer their sympathies to the Glanville Family in the passing of Peter.

Peter a director of the Moama Water Sports Club for a many years has worked hard to ensure smooth and safe running of water ski races such as the Southern 80 and the Barrie Beehag ski races.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Marlain, Betty, Max, Graeme & Ruth.