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 expected at the drop of the flag in the first race, “FMI Racing“ (Warren Lewis and Andrew Koolen) didn’t have it all their own way as they were deck to deck racing with Australian Team “222 Offshore” (Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath), the same was to be seen with third and fourth places ”Profloors International Racing” (Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley) and team mates “Profloors 10” (Richard Shores and Wayne Carson). Robbed of a first place again, “222 Offshore“ was forced to withdraw from the first race with a trim pump issue, leaving the win to “FMI Racing” followed by “Profloors International Racing“ and “Profloors 10”.
A bonus with the two race format allowed “222 Offshore“ to temporarily fix the trim pump problem and start the second race. With water conditions rougher than the first race, we again saw the deck to deck racing between the top four places but at a slightly slower pace.
“222 Offshore“ shot to the front and in the first turn saved themselves from an almost rollover as they met swells and a tide shift. The spectators and fellow team members were on their feet as the boat came down the right side up. The niggle of the trim pump issue was to come back, leaving “222 Offshore“ to drop back into fourth place. “FMI Racing” took out a convincing win from “Profloors International Racing“and “Profloors 10” finishing in second and third place respectively.
Excitement in the Superboat Lite class with “Barley Legal“ (John Shand and Mike Knight) leading the first race with some distance before limping home with electrical problems, leaving them out of the start of the second race. Local Northland team, “Outboard Pro” from Whangarei (Hayden and Delia Spiers) won both races, their first season in this boat has seen them get better each race as they come to terms with their new boat. Closely behind and still leading the 2016 series heading into the final round in Auckland, “Fuel Doctor” (Allan Branch and Alex Smith) finished both races in second place. “NZ Home Loans” (Chris Haeger and Karl Wall) finished third in race one, and in race two saw them challenging hard, passing “Fuel Doctor“ for second placing only to do a spectacular submarine dive after skipping a wave and diving into the next one. Both driver and throttleman were unhurt and minimal damage was done to the boat.
Sports 225 and Sports 200 Classes had the roughest race in their much smaller boats than the Superboat Classes, still they battle the rough waters providing spectacular racing, and family rivalry between “D&H Steel “and “Red Steel” seeing them both taking a win and second place in the two races. “Chindit“ was to take out both wins in the 225 Class with another local team “Nakita” finishing in second. “Supercock Racing” was to again dominate the Classic Class finishing first in both races.
The final round of the 2016 series will be Auckland under the Harbour Bridge 30th April.
This will also be the final of the New Zealand rounds of the ANZAC TRANS TASMAN CUP
Follow the final round results and action from our website www.nzoffshore.co.nz
Media Officer: Denise Preece