Spectating what you need to know – Taupo 2019


This year we will be based at the car park the top of the hill on Ferry Road. Viewing of the race can be from Ferry Rd as well as all along Lake Terrace. There are two Spectator Viewing areas within the race course.

As well as Offshore Powerboats, there will be Hydroplane and Water Ski Racing as per the race program below.

Race Map:

Race Day Program

Sunday 27th January 2019

7:00 am Set up of marquees, race pits, bus (Ferry Road Car Park)

8:00 am Scrutineering of day entries

8.30am-9am NZ Water Ski Racing

9.00am Race day entries close

9.00 am Combined Briefing at the Race Caravan, Ferry Road Car Park (all competitors, Patrol and Mark boats)

9.00-12.15pm Circuit Racing – GP Hydroplanes

12.15pm-12.30 NZ Water Ski Racing

12.30pm First Race Start of the Thunder on the Great Lake 2017 

1pm First Race finish – 1/2 hour break 

1pm-1.30 GP Hydroplane Race 2-  (2) heats of 4 boats

1.30pm Final Race Start – 30 min race

2pm-4.30pm Circuit Racing

3pm FINAL RACE GP Hydroplanes (6) Boat Final

Approx 4.30pm Finish & break-down of marquees and clear Lake front

6:00pm Onwards Pitch’s Bar, full menu available.

7:30pm Prize giving to commence followed by dancing the night away!


Author: Jeremy Ward

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