Exciting News We have Proposed Race date...
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
The 4th and final round of the 2019 season will be at Hervey Bay on Saturday 30th Nov and Sunday 1st Dec.
This round will be run by the AOPC (Australian Offshore Powerboat Club).
This will also have 2 Sports Boat classes, 60 Mph and 85 Mph classes open to pleasure boats to have a go at racing.
The weekend will consist of a 2 Offshore Championship races, 2 sports boat races and a Street Parade of Boats.
The Pit area is at the Public Boat Ramp, Jetty Road, Urangan,
Race Course Viewing along the foreshore.
Race 1, 11;30am Sports Classes, 30 minute race
Race 1, 12;45pm Offshore Superboats 30 minutes race
Saturday Afternoon from 3:30pm, Street parade of Boats.
Race 2, 11;30am Sports Classes 30 minute race
Race 2, 12;30pm Offshore Superboats 30 minute race
- Pier Caravan Park
- Ramada Hotel
- Fraser Coast Tourism
- Wide Bay Cranes
From the time teams arrived at round 2 at Bowen the energy was electric, the town was excited to have the teams and supporters in town and you could feel the excitement.
With 10 teams racing with 4 new driver combinations, “SUV Simrad” Ken Tree and Les Binkin, “The Judge” Matt Turner and John Shand, “Maritimo 11” Ian Harris and Brendan Frier and “Maritimo 12” Steve Jellick and Chris Frier, all have not raced together before, also in the mix “Team 3” Matt Humphrey and Leigh Trevaskis, “Dynamic Racing” Hayden Wyld and Andy Smith, “Saracen” Matt Kelly and Antony DeFina, “Team 88 Powerzone” Michael Ethell and Gryff Ethell, “TCR” Gavin Bricker and Steve Kelly and “Team Hulk” Mick Walker and Paul Fowlds.
As race 1 was preparing to start with teams on the sighting lap Black smoke was seen coming from the engine bay of Maritimo 12, Safety crews rushed to help the burning vessel and extinguish the fire. It seems a power steering line split, this put the boat out for the weekend.
As the flag dropped on race 1,Supercat Extreme “The Judge” and “Maritimo 11” shot to the lead followed by “Team 3” and “Dynamic Racing” until lap 4 with “The Judge “ pulling off the course with engine issues then “Team 3” also stopping with broken propeller,
“Maritimo 11” took the win from “Dynamic Racing”.
Supercat outboard, “88 Powerzone” and “Team Hulk” battled the lead and chased by “Saracen”, “TCR” and “SUV Simrad” on lap 4 “88 Powerzone” spun in a corner putting them out of the race,
With “Team Hulk” taking the win from “Saracen”, “TCR” and “SUV Simrad”.
Sunday morning the teams were ready for the 2 races with some of the teams working until the early morning to get their boats ready to race again including “The Judge” and “Dynamic Racing”.
Race 2 start of Supercat Extreme “Maritimo 11”, “The Judge” and “Team 3” raced out with only a boat length between them “Dynamic Racing” had struck trouble in the pits and missed the start and joined the race 2 laps down.
“The Judge“went on to win followed by, “Maritimo 11”, “Team 3” and “Dynamic Racing”.
The Supercat outboard race was a tight battle with “TCR”, “Saracen”, “Team Hulk”, “SUV Simrad” and “88 Powerzone,
“Team Hulk” taking the win from “Saracen”, “TCR”, “SUV Simrad and “88 Powerzone”.
The Final race, Race 3 and luck had not changed for “The Judge” while leading an engine issue puts them out of the race, then “SUV Simrad” spun and rolled in a corner, Both crew managed to exit the upside down boat unharmed, this caused a red flag and a restart.
At the restart Supercat Extreme “Maritimo 11” took the lead and stayed there from “Dynamic Racing” and “Team 3”.
In the Supercat Outboard “Team Hulk” also took the lead and took the win from “Saracen”, “TCR” and “88 Powerzone.
The town of Bowen put on a fantastic event with the support of the Bowen community and we thank the town of Bowen for making all of the teams so welcome.
Thank you to all of the volunteers that put in the time over the weekend,
Bowen Offshore Superboats,
Bowen Tourism and Business,
All that were involved in the event.
Pictures By EMB Photographics and Alex Binkin
Round 1 at Wyndham Harbour Victoria we welcomed new Supercat Extreme team “Dynamic Racing” Andy Smith and Hayden Wyld in their 42ft Maritimo race boat,
Round 2, Bowen 20th-21st July will also have a new team join Supercat Extreme with “The Judge” Matt Turner and John Shand in their 46ft Victory cat, the team were very disappointed to miss the round 1 and points for the season with an engine issue, unlike the team from “Dynamic Racing” Matt Turner is new to the sport and will have John Shand on the throttles to teach him the ropes.
Returning to the series, “Team 3”, Matt Humphrey and Leigh Trevaskis will also make the journey north to Bowen.
Also returning to the season after missing round 1 is “Team 88 Powerzone” Michael Ethelll and Gryff Ethell in their 26ft Shifty Cat in the Supercat Outboard class.
There are some crew changes at Maritimo (due to X cat ), “Maritimo 12” Steve Jellick and Brendan Frier, “Maritimo 11” Ian Harris and Chris Frier.
“Suv Simrad” Les Binkin and Ken Tree
All teams are reading themselves for the fast Bowen water and the on water and land festival which include street parade and Image poker run.
Round 2, Bowen, 20th – 21st July, 2019.