Racing in Round Two of the 2023 Offshore Superboat Championship was abandoned on Corio Bay on Saturday, March 18 due to the prevailing weather conditions. Australian Offshore Powerboat Club Commodore, Antony de Fina, stated “This is probably the windiest I’ve ever seen it here at Geelong. We couldn’t get a full flotilla of safety boats out and once that occurs, we really can’t run a full fleet of racing boats.”
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club closed the pier along the wave attenuator, as there was water washing over it. This makes it slippery and hazardous for people, so this to highlights that safety comes first.
“It’s always a difficult decision when you cannot facilitate the racing, but it just wasn’t worth going out there, risking not only the safety boats, but significant damage to other boats, as well.”
“So we ran the two big Class One boats as an exhibition race to finish the day off. We’ll bring racing forward tomorrow, shorten them to 25 minutes, and get an extra race away to make it four for the day.”
Racing commences at 10 30am with the Sports 65 and 85 Classes.