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Heaven on the Murray

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February 10, 2017

Greg Plummer owner of Heaven Sent at the media launch of the 2017 Southern 80. Photo Luke Hemer.

Greg Plummer’s Heaven Sent has become a well-known name in the Southern 80 ski racing event.

Plummer began his Southern 80 campaign in 1996 driving Slice of Heaven in the under 8L inboard category before racing his 21-foot bullet Heaven Sent.

But the team will have a new boat under the name this season and Plummer was hoping to finish around the middle of the pack for its maiden Southern 80.

‘‘If we can get a result around mid-range I would be pretty happy with that, especially in the boat’s first year out,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve raced the boat already this season and have done some testing down at Green’s Lake, Lake Charm and Lake Eppalock during the year.

‘‘We haven’t had any issues as of yet, but touch wood,’’ he laughed.

And what the boat lacks in experience, the team more than makes up for with Plummer in the driver’s seat and Cameron Nichols alongside him as the observer.

His son Blair, 34, will once again be behind the boat as skier with the experienced Stuart Davies by his side.

‘‘Blair has been skiing since he was 12-years-old and Stuart has been skiing for quite a long time,’’ Plummer said.

‘‘Both have raced the Southern 80 before and know what it’s about.’’

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