Round Two Preview – New Plymouth West Coast Thunder
Feb14

Round Two Preview – New Plymouth West Coast Thunder

By Stuart Watson. After many years absence, Offshore Powerboat racing is heading back to New Plymouth, this Saturday the 17th February. The NZ Offshore Powerboat association is proud to be working with Venture Taranaki to bring you all “West Coast Thunder”. Race boats with Horsepower ranging from 200HP to over 1000HP roaring along the foreshore. Teams are prepped, officials are organised and on Friday all the crews will be rolling...

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New Plymouth – Round Two Race Course and Spectator info
Feb13

New Plymouth – Round Two Race Course and Spectator info

Programme Saturday, 17th February 8.00 am Registration 8.00am Day Entry Open 8:30 – 8:45 am Scrutineering 8:30am Day Entries Close 9.00am Combined Briefing at race truck – teams and Mark & Patrol boats 9.30am Patrol and Marker boats briefing. 12.00pm Race Start – first 30 minute race 1.15pm Race two start – 30 minute...

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2018 New Plymouth West Coast Thunder – Event Race Pack
Feb13

2018 New Plymouth West Coast Thunder – Event Race Pack

Below is the Race Pack for the 2018 “Taranaki like no other” New Plymouth West Coast Thunder. Meet and Greet is 6.30pm Friday. Download [3.89...

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Taupo – Thunder on the Lake Media Review
Jan30

Taupo – Thunder on the Lake Media Review

By Stuart Watson Thank you, Taupo! The NZ Offshore Powerboat Association opened their 2018 season on Auckland Anniversary weekend, and what a fantastic weekend it was. Sunny, Hot, and Fast Racing. Saturday saw the offshore boats, setting up pole positions for the main feature races on the Sunday. Screaming around the lake of speeds up to 110 miles per hour (177Kmh) the pole shootout was very fast, and very close, and after one hours...

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Round One Preview – Taupo Thunder on the Lake
Jan22

Round One Preview – Taupo Thunder on the Lake

HERE WE COME! The 2018 NZ Offshore Powerboat series is about to begin. Taupo is our traditional opening round, and we are back this coming Saturday January 27th, with Time Trial pole shoot out, and then again on Sunday with two action packed 30-minute races. With boats ranging from 36 feet long with more than 1000HP, to 19 feet and 200HP, all built to race in the choppy and windy water. Fresh water racing is always a great challenge...

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Taupo – Round One Race Course and Spectator info
Jan22

Taupo – Round One Race Course and Spectator info

  Full Race Program, Including Jet Ski Racing and the GP Hydroplanes – Hydro Thunder: Friday 26th January General Testing from 9am-3pm Saturday 27th January  8.00am Briefing Circuit Classes 8.30am Briefing NZ Offshore 8.30am-10am – Circuit Classes 10am-11am – GP Hydroplanes 11am-12noon – NZ Offshore Powerboats Everyone off the water by 12 midday no noise because of concert Sunday 28th January 8am Briefing...

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2018 Dunk Test – Taupo
Jan18

2018 Dunk Test – Taupo

2018 Dunk Testing Dunk testing will be before the Taupo – Thunder on the Lake. When: From 4pm Friday – 26th January 2018 Where: In front of the Lake Taupo Yacht Club (This is where the hydroplane pits and floatplane are) Cost: $50 per person There’s no need to book, just turn up.

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2018 Taupo Thunder on the Lake – Event Race Pack
Jan16

2018 Taupo Thunder on the Lake – Event Race Pack

Below is the Race Pack for the 2018 Taupo Thunder on the Lake. Note this year for the first time in Taupo we will be having Time Trails on the Saturday for Sunday’s races. We are working in with the GP Hydroplane – Hydro Thunder Series and the NZ Jetski Series so for it all to work we need to keep to our race times set out in the race pack. Note Race Pack has been updated on 22 January 2018. Time Trials now 11am till...

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BCRacing win in Hervey Bay
Nov02

BCRacing win in Hervey Bay

Not a bad result for a rush job to be fair. Step 1; Hogs Breath Racings owner decides to pull his race boat out of the shed (where it’s been sitting idle for 12 months) and put a team together for the last round of the Australian Offshore Series in Hervey Bay – 1 week prior to the race Step 2; Need Drivers – 1st choice is Chris (Topher) Haeger and Paul (Fowldsy) Fowlds – phone calls made, flights booked. Step 3; Meet race boat in...

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NZOPA 2017 AGM, Remits & Prizegiving Info
Jul28

NZOPA 2017 AGM, Remits & Prizegiving Info

Hi Everyone, It’s time now to put your thinking caps on for 2018 and get your rule remits and Executive nominations in! AGM/Prizegiving Venue –          As previously advised, this is being held at the Trinity Wharf Tauranga 51 Dive Crescent Tauranga.  We have negotiated  a great room rates for this event accommodation booking form attached –          Prize giving Tickets are $85.00 including dinner . We have Phil Hart...

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2017 NZ Offshore Powerboat AGM and Prizegiving Dinner
Jun18

2017 NZ Offshore Powerboat AGM and Prizegiving Dinner

Attached is the information and accommodation booking form for our up in coming AGM and Prize Giving Dinner. Can you please confirm your attendance and ticket  requirements to me before the 20th August . We also hope to have a draft race calendar out to you all shortly. Further information with regards to the AGM will be sent to you all in due course. Thanks Denise 2017 AGM & PRIZE GIVING DINNER Accommodation booking form...

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Whitianga Offshore 100 – What a Race!
May14

Whitianga Offshore 100 – What a Race!

By Stuart Watson, Judging by Friday’s weather, you’d never think we were going to hold a race, but Saturday gave us a picture-perfect day with great sea’s and all teams were just fizzing to get underway at 11am. Race one started right on time at 11am, and then the Drama hit. Without even completing a full lap, one of the Superboat 600 boats, “Papakura Toyota” hitting some very rough wave, at full speed and flipping right over. This...

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