Just add water

Think a speedway full of V8s and rally car racing, mix with water, and you have the V8 jet sprints.

Tiny boats, with ridiculously big motors, racing at speeds of 160km/h.

A V8 jet sprint boat races around the course.

A V8 jet sprint boat races around the course.

Bonney’s Water Ski Park, at Baldivis in Perth’s southern suburbs, is home to the West Coast Jet Sprint club.

Competitors from all over Western Australia rock up to complete the 1.3km course – usually in just under 60 seconds.

West Coast Jet Sprint Club president Simon Cain had his first ride at age 23 – and he’s never looked back.

“The adrenaline is just incredible,” Mr Cain says.

“It honestly makes you feel superhuman for those 60 seconds.

“I got hooked after that first ride.

“I went out and brought my own boat, started learning the ropes, and now I’m racing at competition level.”

Mr Cain, along with his navigator Rachael Uren, recently finished first in their division for the 2014-2015 season.

Simon Cain and navigator Rachael Uren with their V8 Jet Boat

Mr Cain and Ms Uren with their boat

During the summer, competitions are held once a month on a Saturday night.

Up to 1000 spectators come to witness the boats go from 0km to 160km in under three seconds.

V8 jet sprint racing is about finishing with the fastest time. Competitors and their boats race around a circuit consisting of about 20 directional changes.

The driver and their navigator are strapped into the boat and given the green light to start.

Mr Cain says it’s all about trusting your navigator.

“They’re the one telling you where to go next, and at that speed you don’t have time to think for yourself,” he says.

“So, you just have to trust them.”

Harold Helmut-Han

Harold Helmut-Han

One wrong turn means a DNF (did not finish) mark against a driver’s name, and sometimes even a boat and its occupants being upside down and stuck on the bank.

It’s good entertainment.

With a country footy atmosphere, spectators park their cars all around the course.

They can literally find themselves metres away from the action where a massive splash from a boat turning at such speeds can be felt.

That’s right, be prepared to get wet.

Diehard supporter, Harold Helmut-Han says the boats are the “ultimate” entertainment.

“There’s nothing better the sound of a good V8,” Mr Helmut-Han says.

Lisa Drury (right) with Di Hutchesson

Lisa Drury (right) with Di Hutchesson

Originally from New South Wales, he attends every round at Baldivis and is not afraid to admit he loves watching a good spill.

“As long as no one is hurt,” he assures.

Lisa Drury, a Baldivis local, says the thumping noise of V8s everywhere brings a smile to her face every time.

“I love being able to have a picnic with family and friends while watching the lightning ‘fast and furious’ boats in action,” Ms Drury says.




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