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Who needs a boat when you’re calling the action

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February 13, 2017

Brian Moloney has made it to 10 years of Southern 80 calls in 2017, with sparring partner Rick Partington always a willing co-spruiker.

‘‘I’d love to have a boat’’ said one random Southern 80 fan wandering back up from the bank after the close of Saturday’s racing.

‘‘Next year mate’’ said his friend alongside.

But Melbourne’s Brian Moloney is proof positive you don’t need your own boat in order to enjoy the 80.

Although it certainly helps.

A good-sized set of fans braved the sweltering conditions and a generally relaxed atmosphere prevailed for day one of the event — and that was the same for the commentators, sitting for the first time out on the water themselves.

In their own boat.

Moloney has made it to 10 years of Southern 80 calls in 2017, with sparring partner Rick Partington always a willing co-spruiker.

‘‘I just realised (today) that this is my 10th Southern 80,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t think I’d last one year.’’

Moloney was in his element on Saturday, remarking that aside from a trophy, the Blitz winners could perhaps best note their victory with a new t-shirt print.

When Blastin’ burst over the line with a tremendous roar, he reminded all present of the potential carried by such turbo power.

‘‘If that doesn’t get your heart going — and some movement in your undies — then I don’t know what will Richo,’’ Moloney said with obvious relish.

And he didn’t miss a chance to insert his famed catchphrase into the exchanges during the afternoon session.

‘‘Can you hear it — the beautiful sound of those big block engines through the trees?’’ Moloney said.

‘‘And the furry animals putting their fingers and tails in their ears.’’

So, to feel the full effect of the 80, maybe you do need to have a boat after all.

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