At one point during the Sunday, April 29 Ski-A-Rees show, a little boy was invited to the announcer’s deck, where two skiers jumped out of the water — and over his head — and landed gracefully in the water.
The Ski-A-Rees waterskiing troupe performs 30 free shows every Sunday during season at its stadium off Ken Thompson Parkway. The troupe’s members range in age from 7 to 81, and many of the skiers are siblings — the performers’ parents attend every show and practice.
The acts range from swivel skiers and barefoot skiers doing jumps and tricks, doubles, triples, ballet and pyramids. Each act builds momentum from the one before it. The boat drivers are equally impressive because maneuvering 360-degree spins with five skiiers attached to the boat is no easy feat.
The team was founded in 1957 and is in its 55th season. Since its start, the team has won 11 state championships and 13 Southern Regional Champion titles. The skiiers hope to win their 14th regional title in June and are practicing four times a week in preparation.
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18 Crunch Kidz Homelessness Zumbathon
18 An Island Affaire
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.