Wild ride was ‘super'

A MAN'S daily walk has paid off, winning the Chronicle's free ride in one of the superboats which will be competing in Hervey Bay this weekend.

Ray Wilson from Burrum Heads said he walks to the shops every morning to pick up his copy of the Chronicle, and he was delighted to win the prize.

"The joy ride was about 15 minutes and it was fantastic," Ray said.

Ray first saw the superboats when they came to the Bay earlier this year as a promotion for the race. "I was having lunch with my wife at the Bayswater when we saw two of the boats come around the corner," he said.

Ray and his wife immediately booked themselves into a caravan park in Hervey Bay for this weekend, so they could get a good view of the race - but he didn't expect he'd get quite as close as he did yesterday afternoon after winning the joy ride prize.

"Thanks to the Chronicle," he said.

It wasn't the first time Ray has won something through his local paper either.

He said he won the major prize of a boat and outboard motor at the Burrum Heads fishing competition a few years ago.

Ray is a sailor and a windsurfer, but he said nothing prepared him for the speeds he reached in the superboat. He said the boat got up to about 72 knots.

New Fraser Coast tourism ambassador Chris Latham also had a ride in the boat yesterday.



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