Speedsters raring to go
March’s powerboat Festival of Speed event in Lake Wakatipu’s Frankton Arm could be ‘‘petrolhead heaven’’ for motorsport enthusiasts from all over the southern region, the New Zealand Powerboat Federation reckons. Competition secretary Denise Moughan, who was in Queenstown last week sorting behind-the-scenes details for the massive gathering of powerboats, said the course, just off the Kelvin Heights Peninsula at Kelvin Grove, offered spectators vantage points unheard of in other locations. The televised event will be free to attend even for those watching from close by and promises spectators the chance to witness all the risks involved in any high horse-power event. If the March 23 and 24 event went well, Queenstown could be considered to host a world championship event in 2014. Commercial jetboats and cruising craft would not be restricted from normal operations, and spectator craft would be allowed within 100 meters of the course. The powerboat pit area would be opened up to the public at certain times, Moughan said.
Breathtaking: Athletes in action during the run stage of the Paradise Triathlon and Duathlon series in 2013 with wonderful views of Mount Aspiring National Park.