Su­per­boat event in Bowen to pro­vide eco­nomic boost

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

HIGH oc­tane ac­tion will be com­ing to the wa­ters of Bowen from June 21-22 when the Off­shore Su­per­boat Cham­pi­onships comes to town.

With the event ex­pected to draw a crowd of more than 10,000 peo­ple, Bowen res­i­dent Mick Boyce is call­ing on busi­nesses in Air­lie Beach, Proser­pine and the Whit­sun­day is­lands to be­come in­volved.

“We re­ally need the Whit­sun­days to get be­hind this event and say ‘well don’t just come for the two days – come for four or five days – make a hol­i­day out of it’,” he said.

Rac­ers will qual­ify on June 21 with rac­ing over the two-day event to be tele­vised on SBS and pay to air tele­vi­sion chan­nels. The event is be­ing run by Tourism Bowen and sup­ported by Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL).

WMDL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Da­nial Rochford said his or­gan­i­sa­tion be­lieved the event would bring a “sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of visi­tors” to the re­gion.

“And we be­lieve there will be wider ben­e­fits,” he said.

“It’s a mas­sive wind­fall for the Whit­sun­days to have this event come here.”

Off­shore Su­per­boat Coun­cil pres­i­dent Gra­ham Fraser said Bowen had been cho­sen for round 2 of the cham­pi­onship this year “as it ticks all the boxes we are look­ing for”.

“Firstly, it has a com­mit­ted group of peo­ple from Bowen work­ing with us to get us there, se­condly, the wa­ter at Bowen pro­vides ex­cel­lent view­ing for all spec­ta­tors and thirdly lo­cal busi­nesses have raised a con­sid­er­able amount of money to cover the costs of run­ning this event,” he said.

Mr Fraser said the team would be bring­ing a min­i­mum of 14 boats and crews who would stay in Bowen and the sur­round­ing ar­eas from Fri­day to Mon­day at least.

He said most teams had a min­i­mum of six peo­ple to sup­port their boats.

“Ac­com­mo­da­tion and eat­ing houses will do ex­tremely well this week­end,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to spon­sor the event visit www.bowen­su­per­boats.com.

Photo An­drew Gricks

FAST PACED: Round 2 of the Off­shore Su­per­boat Cham­pi­onships will be com­ing to Bowen in June.

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