Flashback to the 2019 Hanseatic watersports event in King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

High speed action is back on the River Great Ouse this weekend with the return of the thrilling Hanseatic Festival of Watersports.

  The quayside in King’s Lynn will be the place to watch water-ski, power boat and jet ski action tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.

Tomorrow there will also be music by Redemption and DJ Mark Purdy.

The free event will see the return of Formula 1, 2 and 3 water-ski racing, along with jet skiers and OCRDA performing demonstrations on the water.

Also this weekend Kim Lumley from Hunstanton will be presented with her trophy for being accepted into the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation’s Water- Skiing Hall of Fame in Florida – first British person to be given this honour.

Now in its seventh year, the Lynn event matches the famous Diamond Race which takes place in the Hanseatic town of Antwerp in Belgium. 

The event is organised by the Hanseatic Festival of Watersports committee of Jason Russell, Tom and Michelle Lumley, Andrew Hornigold, Richard Stannard and Dan Roberts with support from the borough council.  

Tom Lumley said: “We tried for many years to put this event on and when the borough council agreed to let us go ahead we were ecstatic.

“Since its concept we have invested a lot of time and effort into this event and it has truly paid off. 

“I would like to thank all the sponsors, especially the borough council and Peter Carter Haulage for their support. We also appreciate the Belgian teams coming over to the UK to support this event.”

Graham Middleton, deputy leader and cabinet member for business, culture and heritage at the borough council, said: “This is a fantastic event to watch from the South Quay. It has grown in stature each year and is now ranking as one of the best venues in the UK and Europe.”

The event is also supported by Adrian Flux, Barrus, GB Watersports, Minuteman Press, Norfolk Leisure, Rollins Electrical and Studio 20a. 

Mr Lumley added: “If any individuals or companies are interested in being part of this event and would like to be a sponsor, we would welcome you with open arms.”

There will also be fun family activities on the quayside across both days. 

The races and demonstrations start at 10.15am each day through until 3.15pm.

Full details of the race schedule times can be found on social media see Facebook.com/hanseaticskirace