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 of the winning pair in second. Warren Lewis and Andrew Koolen, in FMI Racing coming home in third following a heart stopping near vertical leap into the air. The huge crowd of spectators witnessing some of the closest racing of the season, deceptive swells close inshore sending a number of craft skyward directly in front of the Bay of Islands Yacht Club and the Copthorne Hotel and Resort.
Michael Fletcher and Jason Way in “Total Home Developments” Superboat Lite #S-1 won the Superboat Lite Class title from Gordon Robinson and Allan Branch in the Fuel Doctor with Steve Bone and Karl Wall in “Global Security’ in third.
Haaka Le Seuer, Gavin McGrath, Jono Hanley and Mike Knight in “Gull Force 10” won the Classic Class from Shannon Martin, Aaron Fletcher and Terry Fletcher in Total Home Developments with Grant Valder, Bernie O’Neill, Paul Carter, Kerry Bowden and Ray Wilkinson in “Outlaw’ C44 in third.
Haydon and Delia Spiers from Whangarei 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” ahead of Mike Urquhart and James Downs in “NZ Home Loans” #9 Sonic 1900SS and Darrin Urquhart and Blair Child in Pirates in third place.
Chris Haeger and Nick Campbell in New Zealand Home Loans won the Sports 150 Class ahead of Charlotte Carson and Tony Carson in “Red Steel” with Jamie, Shara and Max Carson in “D & H Steel” in third.
Special thanks to the Far North District Council and the Focus Paihia Community Charitable Trust for their support for this fabulous event, which brings teams and fans streaming into Northland from throughout the country. The Offshore Powerboat race having a significant positive economic impact on local businesses, many teams and race fans taking the opportunity for an extended stay in the winterless North’s world famous holiday destination, while other parts of the country are receiving snow and freezing temperatures. Racing heads to the final round in Auckland on Saturday the 23rd of May, starting and finishing off Orakei Wharf with a course reminiscent of those at the birth of the sport fifty years ago, around the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.