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Round 4 at Lake Macquarie was an outstanding weekend with large crowds watching the close racing all around the lake.
For the first time there were 3 races over the weekend with the Saturday pole position shootout being replaced with a race.
Supercat Extreme team “Maritimo 12” dominated the weekend with 3 wins, “Mega Fuels” picked up 23rds and a 2nd, “222 offshore” a 2nd , 3rd and a DNF, The surprise package for the weekend was “Team 3” taking it to Maritimo but had trouble in 2 races with a 4th, 2nd and DNF,
Supercat Outboard had an battle between “Team 88 powerzone”, “Phantom” and “Saracen” with the lead changing over several laps and not more 20 seconds between the boats,
“Team 88 powerzone” 2 1st and a 2nd, “Phantom” a 1st and 2 2nds, “Saracen” 3 3rds,
Teams really enjoyed the track and the large crowds supporting the event, this all would not be possible without great local support,
Marmong Point Marina
Lake Macquarie City Council
Dantia and the 200 club
NSW Roads and Maritime
And all of the volunteers that gave their time to make the event happen.
The OFFSHORE SUPERBOATS ARE ON LAKE MACQUARIE
AGAIN ON THE 14TH AND 15TH OF OCTOBER !!!
Lake Macquarie is set to host round Four of the 2017 Offshore Superboat Championships (OSC) on the 14th and 15th of October!
this is going to be a huge Free Event for the people of the Hunter Region, with even more racing and the inclusion of the Lake Mac Big Weekend there will be plenty to see and plenty to do , as well as two days of on water racing from the big Offshore boats on the most Spectacular Viewer friendly course in Australia .
This high profile, high-octane sporting event will hit Lake Macquarie on the 14th and 15th of October .
The Lake Macquarie round of the 2017 Offshore Superboat Championships is proudly supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Maritime services, Lake Macquarie City Council and all the member of the 200 Club who put in to be sponsors of this event , Gibbos Auto Electrics who won naming rights to the event via Dantias 200 Club (sign up at the event for your chance for next year ), Dantia has been instrumental in getting this event for the Region.
A huge thanks to Marmong Point Marina and Les Binkin who championed this event for the Hunter Region and has made it a reality .
Event organizers said it is great to have Lake Macquarie on the race calendar again this year.
We are glad to be able to bring this Event to the Hunter Region, and bring a huge influx of people and spectators with us , With the event so close to Sydney ,a huge crowd of fans will be travelling up to spend their weekend at Lake Macquarie.
“The town has so much to offer, presenting the perfect arena for fans and spectators alike with a looping course that stretches from Warners Bay to Marmong Point Marina
. You can expect us to create quite a spectacle!”
Marmong Point Marina ,and Dantia have come on board as sponsors for the round as well as, RMS, Wilson Lift And Crown Lands ,without this support and the support from local residents and businesses the Offshore Superboats would not be here this year.
Saturday will see a first for our sport , with a race on Saturday starting at 1pm going for 20 minutes , Then two thirty-minute races on Sunday at 11am and 1pm with the top end of the Lake closing fifteen minutes before each race.
“We’re racing between Warners Bay Shops and Marmong Point Marina so there is some fairly large sweeping turns that will give plenty of great vantage points around the Lake
Each lap is about 6 kilometres and there’ll be up to 10, million dollar plus race boats, not to mention their rigs, which are just as impressive.”
Alternatively, spectators can come down to the pits at Marmong Point Marina from Friday on to meet the drivers and see the boats up close.
Parking for the event has been boosted by the ability to park on all days at Lake Macquarie High School Ovals & Marmong Point Community Hall
The teams are more than happy to answer any questions and share their passion for offshore racing.
We would like to Formally invite all Veterans and Active Duty Personel and Current and Retired Service personnel (Police,Fire , Rescue, SES , RFS ,Marine Rescue, Coastal Patrol Etc) To Come down and enjoy the Spectacle ,as a small thankyou for your service in keeping our community safe.
For any enquires
A great weekend of racing at Coffs Harbour over the weekend,
Teams were greated with high winds and large swell for Saturdays Pole Position Shootout and the thought of teams taking it easy in the conditions were unfounded, every point counts in this years championship.
Sunday race day the winds and swell had dropped and teams having to think of setup for race 1, When the flag dropped Supercat Extreme “Maritimo 12” Tom Barry-Cotter and Steve Jellick got a break over “222 Offshore” Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath closely followed by “Team Australia” Brett Luhrmann and Karl Wall who have had a lot of work to do to the boat from round 2 at Bowen after an engine bay fire, They had been fighting the clock to be ready, “Mega Fuels” Brendan and Chris Frier were trading positions with “Team Australia” followed by “Maritimo 11”.
Supercat Outboard was a tight battle between “Mancine” Brent Price and Simon Isherwood and “Phantom” Mick Walker and Ian Harris, “Team 88 Powerzone” Gryff and Michael Ethell and back to the series “Saracen” Antony DeFina and Matt Kelly, But after 8 minutes of racing on an offshore turn “Phantom” rolled upside down, both Mick and Ian managed to exit the boat unharmed , this brought a red flag and once “Phantom was under tow race 1 was restarted.
1st: Maritimo 12
2nd: 222 Offshore
3rd: Team Australia
1st: Mancine Cosmetics
3rd: Team 88 Powerzone
Race 2 Kicked off the same as race 1 with Supercat Extreme, “Maritimo 12” got to the lead closely followed by “222 Offshore”, “Mega Fuels and “Team Australia” were battling each other until ” Team Australia”slowed on lap 3 with an engine issue, on lap 13 “Mega Fuels” also slowed fearing they had a hole in the boat, there was no hole but some hull damage,”Maritimo 11″ were unable to make the start of race 2 with an electrical issue.
Supercat Outboard “Mancine” took the lead as “Saracen” and “Team 88 Powerzone” continued their battle togeather.
1st: Maritimo 12
2nd: 222 Offshore
3rd; Mega Fuels
1st; Mancine Cosmetics
2nd; Team 88 Powerzone
We must thank all of the public that came to watch and come up to the teams to have a chat,
Thank you to , Coffs Harbour City Council, C.ex Group, Destination NSW, Roads and Maritime, Coffs Harbour International Marina and North Coast Cranes.
Special thank you to all of the local volunteers that took time to help over the weekend
As teams rolled in to Hervey Bay the 2015 championships were still up for grabs in Supercat Extreme, Supercat 600hp and the AUS 1 title.
Saturdays Pole Position Shootout would see who would be on pole for Sundays 2 races,
Unfortunately ‘Yellow Brick Road’ did not make on the water with a rudder issue nor did ‘Hogs Breath’ with a gear shift problem, with both teams fixed by the afternoon ready for Sunday.
‘SUV Ram Trucks’ suffered the worst while on the Shootout course getting the boat on to its side filling the cowl with water and into the engine, causing it to snap and bend conrods and seize the engine, This was the end of the weekend to a team that puts so much into the sport.
Saturday afternoon also saw the teams on a street parade through downtown Hervey Bay,
The teams enjoyed (and look forward to) towing the boats through the streets, tooting their horns and waving to the thousands of people lining the streets.
Sunday race 1, Supercat Extreme teams lead off with ‘Maritimo’ (Ross Willaton and Travis Thompson) taking the lead from ‘Yellow Brick Road’(Brendon and Chris Frier) and ‘Team 3 (Tom Barry-Cotter and Steve Jellick), this is how they stayed to the flag,
Supercat 600hp was a little closer with ’Team 88’ (Micheal and Gryff Ethell) and ‘Phantom’ (Paul Gibbs and Mick Walker) taking the lead closely followed by ‘SUV Ram Trucks jnr’ (Taelah Saloumidis and Ian Harris) and ‘Hogs Breath’(Jim Harris and Paul Fowlds), all the boats were close until on the fourth lap ‘SUV Ram Trucks jnr’ pulled off the course with a broken drive shaft, ‘Hogs Breath’ went on to take first place followed by ‘Phantom’ and ‘Team 88’.
Race 2 conditions had changed with the wind and seas picking up leaving some large holes for the teams to deal with,
Supercat Extreme went the same way as race 1 with ‘Maritimo’ taking the win from ‘Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Team 3’.
Supercat 600hp again was a close race with the lead changing several times until ‘team 88’ suffered a fuel pick up issue and drifted back, leaving ‘Phantom’ and ‘Hogs Breath’ to fight for 1st place,
‘Hogs Breath’ taking the win followed by ‘Phantom’ and ‘Team 88’,
With ‘Hogs Breath’ winning the 2 races they also won the 2015 Supercat 600hp Championship and also became AUS 1, the first time since 1997 an outboard boat has won the AUS 1 title.
‘Maritimo’ won the 2015 Supercat Extreme title.
Hervey Bay once again was a great venue for offshore racing, this could not happen without the fantastic local support from Fraser Coast Opportunities, Hervey Bay Boat Club and the Local adopt a team sponsors.
Thank you to our Race director and his crew and all of the volunteers that help over the weekend.
AUS 1, Hogs Breath Offshore Racing, Jim Harris and Paul Fowlds
2015 Supercat Extreme Champions
1st, Maritimo, Ross Willaton and Travis Thompson
2nd, Yellow Brick Road, Brendon and Chris Frier
3rd, Team 3, Tom Barry-Cotter and Steve Jellick
2015 Supercat 600hp Champions
1st, Hogs Breath Offshore Racing, Jim Harris and Paul Fowlds
2nd, Team 88 Offshore, Micheal and Gryff Ethell
3rd, SUV Ram Trucks, Conn and Con Saloumidis
The Final round of the 2016 Offshore Superboat Championships has been run and won at beautiful Hervey Bay,
The weather gods put on the sunshine and challenging water conditions.
Race 1 with points still close in all the 3 classes teams would have a battle to take out their championship trophies.
Supercat Extreme, ‘222 Offshore’ (Darren Nicholson and Karl Wall) took to the lead with ‘Maritimo 15’ (Andrew Searle and Andrew Willaton) and ‘Yellow Brick Road’ (Brendan and Chris Frier) Chasing them down, That’s how positions stayed with ‘222 Offshore’ taking 1st place, ‘Maritimo 15’ 2nd.
Supercat 1000hp, ‘Pro Floors’ (Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley) battled with ‘Team 3’ (Tom Barry-Cotter and Steve Jellick) for the class win and also the “Trans Tasman Challenge” between Aussie & Kiwis, ‘Pro Floors’ taking 1st place, ‘Team 3’ 2nd.
Supercat Outboard, ‘Barely Legal’ (John Shand and Mike Knight) took to the lead and being chased by ‘R Marine Crawley’ (Glenn Campbell and Andy Smith), ‘Gold Coast City Marina’ (Michael & Gryff Ethell) and ‘Hogs Breath Offshore Racing’ (Jim Harris and Paul Fowlds), that’s how it stayed until the last lap when a water pickup came off ‘Barely Legal’ flooding the starboard sponson but still managing to cross the line,
‘R Marine Crawley’ 1st, ‘Barely Legal’2nd, ‘Hogs Breath Offshore Racing’ 3rd, ‘Gold Coast City Marina’ 4th.
Race 2, with sometime between the races some teams had a lot of work to do before race start.
Unfortunately ‘Maritimo 15’, ‘222 offshore’ & ‘Barely Legal’ could not make it back on course.
Supercat Extreme, ‘Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Maritimo 11’ (Ross Willaton and Travis Thompson) fought each other for the entire race, ‘Maritimo 11’ 1st, Yellow Brick Road’ 2nd.
Supercat 1000hp, ‘Pro Floors’ showed a clean set of heels from the start to take 1st with ‘Team 3’ 2nd.
Supercat Outboard, It was clear ‘R Marine Crawley’ were on a mission from the flag drop pulling away from the field until midway through, they slowed and being passed by ‘Hogs Breath Offshore Racing’ and ‘Gold Coast City Marina’, ‘R Marine Crawley’ managed to stay on the plane with a broken prop.
‘Hogs Breath Offshore Racing’ 1st, ‘Gold Coast City Marina’ 2nd & ‘R Marine Crawley’ 3rd.
A fantastic weekend of racing with fantastic local support from Businesses and the public,
Special mention to the Beach House Hotel, Handy Hire, Wide Bay Cranes and Fraser Coast Council.
Also to all the volunteers over the weekend, without your support the event cannot go ahead.
Thank you to our race director and his crew for a great job over the season and of course to all of the offshore teams that put in a lot to go and have fun on the water.
Congratulations to the following winners.
The 2016 Offshore Superboat Champions
Maritimo Australia, Ross Willaton and Travis Thompson
1st, Maritimo Australia, Ross Willaton and Travis Thompson
2nd, Yellow Brick Road, Brendan Frier and Chris Frier
3rd, 222 Offshore, Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath
1st, Pro Floors, Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley
2nd, Team 3, Steve Jellick and Tom Barry-Cotter
3rd, Maritimo 15, Andrew Searle and Andrew Willaton
1st, R Marine Crawley, Andy Smith and Glenn Campbell
2nd, Hogs Breath Offshore Racing, Jim Harris and Paul Fowlds
3rd, Gold Coast City Marina, Gryff Ethell and Michael Ethell
This weekend the Offshore Superboat Teams arrive at beautiful Hervey Bay for the final round of the 2016 season.
The event had a small hiccup earlier in the year but local businesses came forward and the Hervey Bay round is as strong as ever.
The dry and wet pit area is at the public boat ramp, Jetty Road, Urangan,Teams have started arriving in town and the public are welcome to come down to see the boats up close and chat to the teams
Saturday, Pole Position Shootout from 12 noon to 1pm, the shootout is split into 2 parts, Outboard boats first followed by the big inboard boats,
Once Pole Position Shootout is done The boats and Crew vehicles will do a street parade through Hervey Bay approx 3:30pm.
Sunday, 2 race format, 30 minutes each, Race 1 start 11am and Race 2 start1pm., the Race course is off Scarness and Torquay forshore.
Thank you for the support from.
Beach House Hotel
Wide Bay Cranes
Fraser Coast Council
Round three of the Offshore Superboat series came to the Northern NSW region over the weekend with Coffs Harbour hosting once again a fantastic weekend of racing. It all kicked off on the Friday night at the Coffs C.EX club with the drivers meet and greet, giving all the teams a chance to catch up and a chance for the public to get up close and personal with the drivers and crews of the impressive machines that lit up the harbour.
As the sun rose on Saturday morning, it revealed the conditions that the crews would have to navigate through for the pole position shootout that afternoon. Two metre seas and twenty plus knot winds it was a very tough session not only on the boats, but also the drivers that were pushing hard to claim championship points and the much sought after pole position for both Sundays’ races.
One pm came around and the crews had their set-ups finely tuned and had the boats in the water ready to take to the course. The Supercat outboards took to the 4km course first and the six teams navigated through the rough conditions, doing their best to set the fastest lap average although after only ten minutes, the race was cut short due to wildlife entering the course.
The results were calculated and the New Zealand crew of Barely Legal came out on top closely followed by Hogs Breath Offshore Racing. Team Phantom Racing took out third while SUV SIMRAD and Team 88 GCCM rounded out the final two places. Unfortunately new comers R Marine Crawley could not record a time due to technical issues.
Next to take to the course were the teams from the 1000hp Supercat and Supercat Extreme categories. The crews pushed hard for the full twenty minutes and the boys from Maritimo 11 took first place honours closely followed by 222 offshore. Team 3 of the 1000hp class category finished in third place just in front of the Supercat Extreme duo from Yellow Brick Road. The Kiwi team Pro Floors International claimed fifth with Maritimo 525 rounding out the field.
Sunday morning arrived and with it came relief for the teams as the twenty knot winds had dropped significantly and the swells had also eased. Time for race one came around and the teams made their way out in front of the massive crowds who waited in anticipation to see the powerful machines unleash their power for the two thirty minute races.
As the start boat approached, the teams lined up in their positions with Maritimo 11 in pole. After sustaining sever engine damage during Saturdays race, 222 Offshore were forced to start from the back of the grid to limp across the start which would allow them start points for the championship.
Once the flag dropped, the rooster tails shot to the sky as the throttles were pushed to the floor and the drag race to turn one was on. Maritimo 11 set the pace early and gave the Frier boys of Yellow Brick Road a lot of work to do. Team 3 looked to set early dominance in the 1000hp class, while new comers R Marine Crawly who were able to compete in the two races thanks to the help from fellow competitors Team GCCM, turned a lot of heads by charging out to the lead and never looking like slowing through the swells of the 4km course.
Hard chargers Barley Legal struck disaster midway through race one, breaking an engine off its mount and causing them to retire from the race. Current Aus1 holders Hogs Breath Offshore settled into the chase for first place while Team Phantom Racing battled for the final place on the podium with Team 88 GCCM. The 1000hp class had a fantastic battle between Team 3 and Pro Floors which would eventually see Team 3 take the flag and bring home a great first place finish with the kiwi boys a close 20sec behind and Maritimo 525 not far behind in third.
Supercat Extreme class was taken out by Maritimo 11 with the Frier boys unfortunately
coming to an early stop with an engine issue however they did enough to seal second place points. The Supercat 600hp class had some of the best racing of the year with R Marine Crawley recording their first win of the season with the Hogs Breath crew hot on their tails finishing 7 seconds behind. The battle for third had Mick Walker and Ian Harris of Team Phantom winning the battle against Team 88 GCCM and SUV SIMRAD rounded out the field coming home in 5th position.
Race two saw Maritimo 11 continue its dominance of the series with their fellow competitors with the Supercat Extreme class both limping across the start line to claim start points. The Supercat 1000 class continued to put on an awesome display of racing with Team 3 and Pro Floors International once again locking into a full throttle contest that once again came down to the wire. Team 3 took the clean sweep for the weekend and finished first only thirteen seconds ahead of Pro Floors with Maritimo 525 coming in at third.
The 600hp class once again showed the close parody between the six teams
with the first two laps hotly contested before R Marine Crawley managed to break out in front and set a commanding lead.
Current AUS1 title holders Hogs Breath Offshore suffered their first DNF of the season with an oil pressure issue forcing them into early race retirement. Main stayers SUV SIMRAD found another gear and managed to pull away from Team 88 GCCM in
their close battle for second while Team Phantom Racing nursed their boat home in fourth place.
Coffs Harbour was round seven of the Trans-Tasman challenge with Hogs Breath Racing beating Barely Legal and Team 3 beating Pro Floors International.
The Offshore Superboat Club would like to thank all the sponsors that made the Destination NSW Coffs Harbour race possible and thanks to everyone also that showed their support to a very worthy charity, ‘Soldier On – Helping our Wounded Warriors.’
Destination NSW, Coffs Harbour International Marina, the Coffs Harbour City Council, C.ex Group, NSW Maritime, Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative Ltd, Crown lands, all of the volunteers, the volunteers from marine rescue, Conn Saloumidis of the OSC and of course local member Mr Andrew Fraser, this event would not have been possible without you.
Race 1 Results:
1st Maritimo 11
2nd Yellow Brick Road
DNF 222 Offshore
1st Team 3
2nd Pro Floors
3rd Maritimo 525
1st R Marine Crawley
2nd Hogs Breath Offshore
3rd Team Phantom Racing
Race 2 Results:
1st Maritimo 11
DNF Yellow Brick Road
DNF 222 Offshore
1st Team 3
2nd Pro Floors
3rd Maritimo 525
1st R Marine Crawley
2nd SUV SIMRAD
3rd Team 88 GCCM
This weekend brings round three of the Offshore Superboat Championships held along the East Coast of Australia at one of our favourite destinations, Coffs Harbour. This exhilarating race is also round seven of the Trans-Tasman Challenge between Australia and New Zealand so make you come down early to get a good seat to show your support for your country.
Race one in Bowen was glass water conditions with Race two in Mackay a stark contrast with big seas making for a challenging race for the teams and a real spectacle for those watching from the bank. As a result of these rough conditions Maritimo 12 will not be making its way back out onto the course this year but thankfully the drivers will be behind the wheel of a substitute boat for the remainder of the season. Maritimo will be using the boat they raced in the US last year to allow the team to continue racing.
Another casualty from Mackay is Friers Offshore ‘Yellow Brick Road’ from the Supercat Extreme class. This boat has extensive damage so they will be leasing a substitute Maritimo boat for the Coffs race.
We are excited to have the C.EX Services club hosting all the Crews for our meet and greet drinks on the Friday night at 6.30pm. Racing starts with the pole position shootout at 1pm on the Saturday at the Coffs Harbour International Marina with two races on Sunday at 11am and 1pm. The Harbour provides a natural stadium for the race with great viewing along the Coffs Harbour Jetty, and the Southern break wall.
If you are able to come down to the event, make sure you head down to the pits to put in your gold coin donation to show your support to “SOLDIER ON” who assist our wounded warriors upon their return to Australia. We would like to invite all Veterans and current Service Personnel to come down and meet our drivers so that we can thank you for your service to our great country.
Our Coffs Harbour event is going to be huge this year again with markets and activities for the kids thanks to our sponsors Destination NSW, Coffs Harbour International Marina, the Coffs Harbour City Council, C.Ex Group, NSW Maritime, Coffs Harbour Fisherman Co Op, Crown Lands. A big thank you also to local member Mr Andrew Fraser for all of his support and to all of the volunteers who man the course boats for us. Without this continuous support, there would be no racing.
Come on down and to soak up the atmosphere over the weekend or if that is not possible the race coverage is live streamed and you can watch all the action on via the link below.