The Aussies are Back – Auckland
Apr28

The Aussies are Back – Auckland

By Denise Preece The Aussies are back in force for the final round of the Anzac Trans-Tasman Cup and the “Omni Insurance Brokers” Auckland Harbour Bridge Offshore 100 and final round of the 2016 NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship Series. Freshly back from competing in the first two rounds of the World X-Cat Series in Fujairah and Dubai, Tom Barry-Cotter is keen to beat the Kiwis with their Aussie Offshore boat “Team 3” and team mate...

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Media Release: Mark Cromie Holden Paihia Offshore 100
Apr20

Media Release: Mark Cromie Holden Paihia Offshore 100

By Denise Preese The pre-race challenges of hosting an event in Paihia dealing with DOC and the dolphins was to pay off for the “Mark Cromie Holden Paihia 100“; spectators and competitors were treated to another exciting rough race in the Bay of Islands Bay. Weather conditions closed in at the start of the first of two half hour races, big swells at the top end of the course created challenging conditions for all competitors. As...

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Auckland Point to Point – Press Release
Apr06

Auckland Point to Point – Press Release

By Denise Preece Last weekend’s Point to Point race in the inner Hauraki Gulf was like the traditional typical old style of offshore racing with the race start off the Pier next to Kelly Tarltons Okahu Bay, the competitors heading out to do several laps of the one hour race before heading back into Okahu Bay.  A small delay to the scheduled 1pm race start saw Race Control under pressure to get the race started as a huge ship was also...

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Red Steel 100 – In the rough
Mar21

Red Steel 100 – In the rough

Written by Denise Preece Extreme water conditions created a very challenging race for the “Red Steel 100” in association with “Napier Now” offshore powerboat race in Napier yesterday. Officials considered the conditions marginal prior to the one hour race start, improving slightly and the race went ahead. The most spectacular race so far in the 2016 NZ Championship Series, 23 boats thrilled the thousands of spectators who lined the...

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Red Steel 100 – Napier’s the place to be this Saturday
Mar17

Red Steel 100 – Napier’s the place to be this Saturday

Written by Denise Preece. Napier will be pumping this weekend when round 4 of the 2016 New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship proudly bought to you by “Red Steel” in association with “Napier Now” hits town. Local organizer’s Collen Carson and Bob Hawley are excited to be again hosting this round in Napier. The town really gets behind this event which has been hosted here for 26 years. This year it has an International flavor with...

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The Aussie Teams fight back – Whitianga 2016
Mar09

The Aussie Teams fight back – Whitianga 2016

Real Offshore water conditions for Round Three of the 2016 Anzac Trans-Tasman Cup and NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship, proudly sponsored by Whitianga Ice and Coastal Refrigeration pleased many competitors after the first two rounds at Taupo and Beachlands saw calm water. The Aussie teams had points to get on the board and that’s what they did in the first race of two at Whitianga. Team 3 (Steve Jellick and Tom-Barry Cotter) showed...

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ANZAC Trans Tasman Series round three – Whitianga
Mar01

ANZAC Trans Tasman Series round three – Whitianga

Excitement is starting to build in Whitianga for Round Three of the Anzac Trans Tasman Cup and the NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship Series, proudly bought to you by local businesses Whitianga Ice & Coastal Refrigeration. It’s been three weeks since the last round at Beachlands, while some teams have been out testing in preparation for this weekend’s race, others have had engine rebuilds and some, minor hull repairs leaving them...

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Beachlands turned it on for the Trans Tasman Cup
Feb16

Beachlands turned it on for the Trans Tasman Cup

Beachlands Sunkist Bay was a buzz of spectators, fast boats and great weather for round two of the 2016 Anzac Tran Tasman Cup and NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship proudly bought to you by PlaceMakers Pakuranga in association with Franklin Local Board. The Kiwi teams of Profloors International Racing (Wayne Valder & Chris Hanley) and FMI Racing (Warren Lewis & Andrew Koolen) thrilled the thousands of spectators buy both...

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ANZAC Trans Tasman Series heads to Beachlands
Feb10

ANZAC Trans Tasman Series heads to Beachlands

PlaceMakers Pakuranga in association with the Franklin Trust Board proudly bring to you round two of the Anzac Trans Tasman Cup and the NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship Series. The first round was at Lake Taupo on 31st January and was a great opening to the Series seeing a spectacular rollover from team 222 Offshore causing a red flag in race one of two. Both driver Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath were unhurt. The Aussie team...

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Thrills, spins and spills – Taupo
Feb03

Thrills, spins and spills – Taupo

NZOPA – Media Officer – Denise Preece A spectacular opening round of the Taupo – Thunder on the Lake and the first round of the Anzac Trans Tasman Cup and the 2016 NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship series last weekend. The excitement started at the drop of the flag in the first race with deck to deck racing saw the lane being shut down on one NZ competitor, FMI Racing’s Warren Lewis and Andrew Koolen knew they had no...

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Taupo – Thunder on the Lake Preview
Jan26

Taupo – Thunder on the Lake Preview

The ANZAC  Trans Tasman Cup kicks off for NZ Offshore Powerboat Association this weekend on Lake Taupo for its  annual “Thunder on the Lake“ and  the first round of the 2016 NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship Series. The ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army) Cup Trans-Tasman challenge consists of four rounds in each country. This week, three Australian Offshore powerboats arrived into New Zealand; Hogs Breath Offshore Racing (Jim...

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Paihia Offshore 100 Profloors 1st and 2nd
May12

Paihia Offshore 100 Profloors 1st and 2nd

Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley have won the Paihia Offshore 100 in Superboat NZ1 Profloors in the beautiful Bay of Islands; one of the most spectacular and eagerly awaited events of the series. Not a spare bed was to be had in Paihia the night before the race and spectator vantage points were packed by the start of the first half hour race. Peter McGrath and Darren Nicholson in the second Profloors Superboat #11 were hot on the heels...

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