3 of the Australian Offshore powerboats to compete in the 2016 Trans Tasman Offshore Challenge have arrived in New Zealand for the 4 New Zealand Trans Tasman Races.
Hogs Breath Offshore Racing (Jim Harris & Paul Fowlds), Team 3 (Tom Barry-Cotter & Steve Jellick) and 222 Offshore Racing (Darren Nicholson & Peter McGrath) have cleared customs and are preparing their boats for the New Zealand races.
Maritimo Offshore Racing will be joining the series as the 4thAustralian team member but will not get to round 1 and possible round 2.
The Trans Tasman Challenge kicks off at Round 1 of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat series at Lake Taupo, 31st January.
The Trans Tasman Challenge consists of 4 rounds in each country,
The New Zealand series is raced over 7 events of which 4 are Trans Tasman races some Australian teams are considering doing all of the New Zealand series while in the country
New Zealand Trans Tasman Dates
Rnd 1, Lake Taupo, 31st January
Rnd 2, Beachlands, 13th February
Rnd 3, Whitianga, 5th March
Rnd 4, Auckland, 30th April
Once the New Zealand races are complete the boats will be shipped back to Australia with 4 New Zealand team boats for the Australian leg of the Trans Tasman Challenge beginning at Bowen, 24th July.
Australian Trans Tasman Dates
Rnd 1, Bowen, 24th July
Rnd 2, Mackay, 7th August
Rnd 3, Coffs Harbour, 28th August
Rnd 4, Hervey Bay, 20th November
The Australian Offshore Superboat Championship consists of 6 events of which 4 are Trans Tasman races.