Power­boats to con­verge on lake

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Power­boats are com­ing to Taupo¯ !

The first round of the 2019 New Zealand Off­shore Power­boat Cham­pi­onship Thun­der on the Lake jets off over Lake Taupo¯ on Sun­day, Jan­uary 27.

The two cham­pi­onship races start at 12 noon and 1pm. The best view­ing spots are on the beach­front along Lake Ter­race.

The NZ Off­shore Rac­ing Com­pe­ti­tion is a seven race se­ries held through­out the North Is­land and the com­pe­ti­tion is made up of two cham­pi­onships — the 100 mile cham­pi­onship and the 60 mile cham­pi­onship. Each has dif­fer­ent classes within it depend­ing on the type and size of the boats and size of the mo­tors.

The 100 mile boats are high pre­ci­sion race boats, ca­pa­ble of speeds up to 200km/h on the wa­ter. In the 60 mile class the boats are typ­i­cally trailer boats that of­ten dou­ble as the fam­ily ski and plea­sure boat dur­ing non-race week­ends mak­ing this a rel­a­tively easy en­try level to the sport.

Rac­ing and race days are a great fam­ily event, with many of the teams con­sist­ing of fa­ther and son or daugh­ter and hus­band and wife.

Photo / Jeremy Ward Shot360 Pho­tog­ra­phy

High-spec power­boats will be thun­der­ing across Lake Taupo¯ on Sun­day, Jan­uary 27.

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