As you know, COVID-19 has plunged most, ...
As you know, COVID-19 has plunged most, if not all, of us into various stages of lockdown with no end in sight. As a result of these lockdowns the APBA Offshore Council committee has made the difficult decision to cancel Rounds 4 and 5 (both scheduled for Lake Macquarie) of the 2021 Offshore Superboat Championships. With the requirements of the rules having been met with regards to minimum races, the Offshore Council is pleased to confirm the following 2021 Champions:
Supercat Extreme: Dynamic Racing #128 Andy Smith & Hayden Wyld
Supercat 1000: Global Racing # 54 Mark Gilbert, Ross Willaton & Steve Jellick
Supercat Outboard: Saracen #22 Antony DeFina & Matthew Kelly
Sports 85: Special Edition #07 Marius Pecherzewski & Patrick Boyle
Sports 65: Risky #225 Mark Swain & Josh Bossong
AUS 1: Dynamic Racing #128 Andy Smith & Hayden Wyld
The Offshore Council is also very pleased to announce that Messrs Bruce Harris and Kevin Wyld have reaffirmed their support for the Offshore Superboat Championships by agreeing to re-gift the perpetual trophies donated by them many years ago. These trophies have now been gifted as follows. The Offshore Council and the broader offshore racing community that Bruce and Kevin for their support and affection for the sport.
Sports 85: The Shark Cat Trophy
Sports 65: The Kevin Wyld Trophy Accordingly, the Offshore Council will make plans for a formal, in person, presentation of the following trophies for 2021. Details of this presentation will be announced as soon as VOVID-19 lockdowns permit.AUS 1: The Mark Lee TrophySupercat Extreme: The A.O.P.C. TrophySupercat 1000: The Challenger TrophySupercat Outboard: The J R Gilbert TrophySports 85: The Shark Cat TrophySports 65: The Kevin Wyld TrophyCongratulations and thanks to everybody that competed in the 2021 Offshore Superboat Championships.
We regret to advise that the 2021 Lake Macquarie Offshore Superboat Races, scheduled for the weekends of 16-17 & 23-24 October 2021, have been cancelled. The APBA Offshore Council and the Offshore Superboat Club have reached this decision as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation in NSW, Qld and Vic and uncertainty around the opening of state borders.
The Offshore Council and the Offshore Superboat Club will reach a prompt decision as to whether a replacement event can be arranged or if the 2021 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships will be decided on the results to date.
Navico Australia and the APBA (Australian Power Boat Association) Offshore Council are pleased to announce a multi-year partnership between Simrad and the Offshore Superboat Championships (OSC).
Under the partnership, Simrad will be exclusive supplier of Marine VHF Radio equipment to the OSC for race day communications between Race Control, Race Boats and Rescue Boats. Commencing at Wyndham Harbour in Victoria on 27 & 28 March 2021, the Offshore Superboat Championships will be conducted over 5 rounds in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
President of the OSC, Antony DeFina, commented “Simrad’s world renowned Marine VHF Radio equipment will add a further layer of professionalism to the OSC’s race management and strengthen the all-important communications between race boats, safety boats and race control. We are grateful to Simrad for their support and their ongoing commitment to offshore powerboat racing.”
Further information on Simrad’s range of electronics can be found at www.simrad-yachting.com
Exciting News We have Proposed Race dates for the 2021 Offshore Superboat Championships.
All to be confirmed.
Race 1, Wyndham Harbour, Vic, 27th-28th March
Race 2, Geelong, Vic, 10th-11th April
Race 3, Hervey Bay, Qld 29th-30th May
Race 4, Lake Macquarie, Nsw 16th-17th October
Race 5, Lake Macquarie, Nsw 23rd-24th October
Yes that is not a typo, Geelong is back and 2 rounds at Lake Macquarie.
Excited to get back to racing.Reminder,
Please do not book until dates are confirmed.
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We wish to announce the following four rounds of the 2020 Offshore Superboat Championships have been Postponed/ cancelled due to Government measures to slow the spread of Covid 19
Round 1, Wyndham Harbour, Vic,4th-5th April, POSTPONED
Round 2, Geelong, Vic, 18th-19th April,POSTPONED
Round 3, Hervey Bay, Qld, 13th-14th June,POSTPONED
Round 4, Gold Coast, Qld, 11th-12th July, POSTPONED
Round 5, Lake Macquarie, Nsw, 17th-18th October, TBA
We will make a decision 90 days prior to this event based on Government advise at the time.
The Offshore Superboat Championships would like to thank our sponsors, supporters and competitors at this time,
We look forward to getting back to racing in the future
As the offshore superboat teams rolled in to Hervey Bay for the final weekend of the season excitement was high for a great weekend of racing, and the inclusion of the sports class, 60 mph and 85 mph for the weekend supporters had plenty to watch over the 2 days.
Saturdays sports classes ran without incident, the superboats entered the course with normal Hervey Bay waters of challenging, on the first lap “Team Hulk” Mick Walker and Paul Fowlds rolled the boat with the boat upside down both crew escaped the boat through the tunnel hatch unhurt, same could not be said for the boat which sustain some damage.
At the restart on the first corner ” The Judge” Matt Turner and John Shand Rolled and in doing so upside down hit “Maritimo 11” Ross and Andrew Willaton which caught fire, all crew managed to exit their boats.
This brought an end to the racing for Saturday.
Sunday morning the weather had worsened and course boats struggled to get out to the course to lay the course markers, Unfortunately due to deteriorating sea conditions and in consideration of our volunteer support crew, the racing has been cancelled.
This is very dissapointing to our supporters on the beach and to the teams.
With great local support from,
Fraser Coast Tourism
Pier Caravan Park
Hervey Bay City Council
Wide Bay Cranes
and all the volunteer course boats on the water
The 2019 Champions are
“AUS 1”, Maritimo 11, Ross Willaton and Andrew Willaton
“Supercat Extreme”, Dynamic Racing, Andy Smith and Hayden Wyld
“Supercat Outboard”, Team Hulk, Mick Walker and Paul Fowlds