By Stuart Watson
The 2017 NZ Offshore Powerboat season has once again offered up amazing spectacles and incredible close racing across all 7 classes.
The Whitianga Offshore 100 is happening on May 13th, with the first of two races starting at 11am.
This year, Whitianga is the final round for the season, and is going to be an absolute cracker. Across all classes, points are tight and this round will be crucial for those teams vying for championship places.
Whitianga has always provided a world class Bay to race in, and all teams always look forward to racing here. In 2017, racing in the 225 Sports class is a favorite that raced in Whitianga 30 years ago! Chindit has always been a popular on the water in Whitianga, and she’s still racing and more importantly still winning races!! Make sure you are there to cheer Chindit on!
You will see Boats from over 1000HP!! To 200HP, tearing around the bay, and Whitianga always provides fantastic viewing points right down on the beach front. A few tweaks to the race track will ensure even better viewing and more excitement to the racing in 2017.
Powerboat racing is a tough sport, on both boats and bodies, and care is taken by all crews to ensure they get there boats out there racing, as just one little problem can change an entire season. The Whitianga Offshore 100, will see great team preparation, all round as podium finishes are at stake. We predict to see some of the closest racing Whitianga has ever seen this year.
This year’s season has had six rounds of pretty much flat water racing, whoever oversees the Weather in Whitianga, could you please make it a little windy and put on a bit of a swell for us… Cheers!
Huge thanks to Ian at Coastal Refrigeration, and to Peter at Whitianga Waterways, for your incredible support of the Whitianga Offshore 100. If you would like to come down and meet some of the teams, we are all meeting at Frankies Bar, Albert St, for a meet ‘n Greet on Friday evening.
Also listen out on Friday morning on Coromandel’s More FM, for an exclusive interview with John Shand NZ Offshore Powerboat Assoc, president and driver in FMI Fairview 1000HP Superboat.