Superboats blast into Bowen
SUPERBOATS might soon become an annual feature in Bowen, following the success of the Heli Taxi Bowen Offshore Superboat Championships last weekend.
The town turned on perfect weather with flat turquoise water and sunny skies, creating ideal racing conditions for round 2 of the championship series
After an exciting start to the series in Newcastle, the teams were eager to tackle the new course at the brand new venue.
Providing spectators with a great show, the superboats raced around an 8km course in the harbour with Maritimo Newcastle taking out first place for pole position on Saturday and Maritimo Australia taking the title for round 2, winning both race 1 and race 2 on Sunday.
Supercat 400 competitor, Gasoline Alley, surprised all on-lookers as it led the 600hp class for most of Race 1.
International driver, Alex Smith of New Zealand, was a hot target in The Loaner as its big brother boat Kwozzy swiped straight over the top of it in the final race. With a crushed body on the left hand side, the 400hp boat won’t be racing in Townsville next week for round 3.
Locals and visitors alike enjoyed the high octane weekend which included free public entertainment such as a street festival on Saturday night, complete with market stalls and the superboats on display in the main street.
There was also an air display by a solo Roulette on Saturday and four live bands that set off the festivities on Sunday. Offshore Superboat president, Graham Fraser, said the town and its locals had been hugely supportive of the event.
“We’d like to specially thank Mick Boyce from Whitsunday Ag Services who is dedicated to his town and his love of motorsport, for making it happen,” he said. Mr Fraser said the support from Tourism Bowen and Whitsundays Marketing and Development was also appreciated. For information visit www.superboat.com.au or follow the series on Facebook and Twitter.
IN ACTION: The superboats were a huge success in Bowen over the weekend.