FMI Racing Wins Napier Red Steel 100

Warren Lewis and Andrew Koolen, in the Fairview Windows and Doors Skater 34 won the Red Steel 100 Offshore race in Napier in what could only be called uncharacteristically calm conditions, Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley bringing home Superboat “Profloors” in second place overall ahead of Michael Fletcher and Jason Way in “Total Home Developments” Superboat Lite #S-1.

Michael Fletcher and Jason Way in “Total Home Developments” Superboat Lite #S-1 won the Superboat Lite Class title from John Shand and Steve Jellick in Barely Legal #17 with Gordon Robinson and Allan Branch in the Fuel Doctor, third. Steve Bone and Peter Jonas in “Global Security’ withdrawing from the days racing.

Haaka Le Seuer and Phil Rawlinson in “Gull Force 10” won the Classic Class from Grant Valder, Don Brock, Paul Carter and Darien Opie in “Outlaw’ C44, with Hamish Wilton and Scott Tracey in an immaculacy prepared Sleekline, Wiltons Garage & Marine all the way from Mangonui in the Far North, in third.

Haydon Spiers from Whangarei, this time with Paul Ludeman in the cockpit won Sports 300 in their Ocke Mannerfelt 23 monohull “Outboard Pro”. Sports 200 was taken out by Alex and Josh Smith in their Sonic 1900SS “Triple Trouble”, with a Day Entry by Mikey Smith and Shane Rumens in Konica Minolta in second ahead of Mike Urquhart and James Downs in “NZ Home Loans” #9 Sonic 1900SS in third place.

A truly sensational drive by Charlotte Carson in “Red Steel” with crew Tony Carson won the Sports 150 Class ahead of Jamie and Max Carson in “D & H Steel” with Chris Haeger and Nick Campbell in New Zealand Home Loans Sports 150 third.

Racing heads to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands on Saturday the 9th of May for Round six of the 2015 NZ Offshore Powerboat Championships. Best viewing is from Race headquarters located at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club next to the Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Tau Henare Drive, Te Point, Waitangi. A two race format will be run with races starting at 12.00 and 1.30pm. The final round is to be held in Auckland on Saturday the 23rd of May.

Author: Jeremy Ward

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