By Stuart Watson.
After many years absence, Offshore Powerboat racing is heading back to New Plymouth, this Saturday the 17th February.
The NZ Offshore Powerboat association is proud to be working with Venture Taranaki to bring you all “West Coast Thunder”. Race boats with Horsepower ranging from 200HP to over 1000HP roaring along the foreshore.
Teams are prepped, officials are organised and on Friday all the crews will be rolling into town. There will be a few boats parked around the city, for a close up look on Friday, and on Saturday morning all the boats will parked at the break water on Ocean View Parade. Public access will be available from approx. 8am, to walk amongst the boats and crews as they go about final preparations for the racing.
Later in the morning, some of the larger boats will be lifted into the water via Crane, such an awesome sight to see, and definitely the beginning of the excitement of racing.
The best viewing is in fact all the along New Plymouth’s amazing Coastal Walkway. The Start and Finish line will be close to the Wind Wand.
What you will expect to see, is race boats roaring along the foreshore, some doing speeds in excess of 100 MPH!! Look out for the fierce rivalry between Fairview Racing and Outboard Pro racing. At round 1 in Taupo, Fairview just tipped Outboard Pro, for two wins from two races, and Outboard Pro have been working non-stop for the last three weeks, and will be out to even the honours this weekend, These boast run over 1000HP, and will be racing close and fast!. In the Superboat 400 class, you will see another tough close race between NZ Homeloans racing and Hijinx Racing. These teams shared the honours in Taupo with a race each, and their boats are virtually identical in every way.
Expect to see newcomers ECU Chips who were winners in the Sports 225 class in Taupo, be hunted down by three teams. Chindit, who is celebrating 40 years racing and took out 2nd in Taupo, and were last season champs, will be running hot!!
Take a look for the BAT BOAT too, Batman and Robin looked very hard to beat in the Sports 300 class three weeks ago, and they will be out to continue their dominance.
All in all, the NZ Offshore powerboat association are excited to be here, excited to race, and excited to be in Taranaki, like no other.