Cinders aims to leave all in its wake.ZACH HUBBER February 8, 2013 2:32pm
Peter Ralph and the crew at Cinders can be seen in more places than one this weekend, with spectators able to buy vintage Cinders T-shirts at the Southern 80 merchandise tents and store.
The design, created by Mark Savage, features Ralph with observer Julie Retallick from a photo taken at the Barrie Beehag Ski Race three years ago.
Two-time champion God’s Gift is the other boat to feature on a vintage T-shirt.
Ralph said he was told about the concept in November and was impressed with the final result.
‘‘They came up all right, but I don’t see any of the profits,’’ he joked.
‘‘I think they’ll look better in black.’’
Cinders will lead a field of eight boats in the 5.2 litre and 6 litre social class tomorrow morning, with Chris Mansfield and Phil Muratore on the back after skier Robbie Skennerton injured his knee.
The boat will return to the river on Sunday afternoon for the 16-19 girls expert among five other competitors, with Ellie Ralph and Ashlee Cuff looking to continue a solid run of form in their first season skiing together.
Ellie won the social women’s class at the Australian Speed and Marathon Ski Racing Championships last month behind Liquid Ice, as well as a third in the under 19 girls’ class.
The family affair continues with Ralph’s oldest daughter, Charlee, skiing behind Killswitch in the 60mph expert class and her partner Chris Mansfield skiing behind Carlton Dry Racing in the President’s Dash and 8 litre expert.
Ralph has been backed in as favourite for both his races after an impressive second at the Australian championships in the 6 litre inboard class.
‘‘The pressure’s on all right,’’ Ralph said.
‘‘We should do well. If everything goes right we should go well.’’
But he said being a local held no advantage when driving.
‘‘Once you’re out there racing it all changes,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone is faced with the same bends and the same conditions.’’
Ralph bought the boat off former owner and Southern 80 champion Lenny Retallick six years ago.
The boat used to be called ‘Suicide’ with the number 13 until fire destroyed Retallick’s bus in Mildura in the late 1970s.
A new name and the number 12 were adopted to acknowledge the ‘cinders’ left by the bus.
Retallick said a seven-letter name was important, otherwise it was impossible to read.
‘‘A name’s got to stick out,’’ he said.
‘‘No point putting a name on the boat if no-one can read it.’’
The back of Ralph’s boat will also stand out, with stickers commemorating friends Ash Mansfield and Clint Middleton who both passed away in the past six years.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca faces a big test against Tatura at Victoria Park today.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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