By Denise Preece
The 2017 New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship series headed to the winterless north with round four at Marsden Cove, Whangarei Harbour. A great line up of 25 boats roughed up the Whangarei Harbour for The Mark Cromie Holden Offshore Powerboat race. The race was again dominated by Superboat FMI Warren Lewis and John Shand. Local honours went to Outboard Pro Hayden and Delia Speirs in their Superboat 600. Continuing their winning streak after taking out last years championship they were rapped to take the win in their home town.
Round five of the championship series in the far north Doubtless Bay. The Ramada Taipa Doubtless Bay race was the first time Offshore Powerboats have raced at this venue. What started off as a rough race was cut short eighteen minutes in when D&H Steel hit rough water flipping the boat. Brothers Max and Jamie Carson were thrown from their Sports 200 boat. First on the scene and racing against the two brothers was Red Steel driven by the boys Uncle Tony. Tony quickly pulled the boys from the water as their boat was badly damaged and sunk very quickly. Max and Jamie where taken to Kaitaia Hospital with minor injuries and were discharged that night. A rescue mission was on to retrieve the boat from the Bay. The boat was recovered from the bottom of the sea two days later very badly damaged.
The NZ Offshore Championship series final two rounds for the season will head to Napier 22nd April and the final in Whitianga 13th May. Follow the series and results on nzoffshore.co.nz