Warren Lewis and Andrew Koolen, in the Fairview Windows and Doors Skater 34 took out the Whitianga Ice Supplies Offshore 100 on the Coromandal Peninsula in the weekend. Often appearing deceptively calm from a packed Buffalo Beach, Whitianga’s east coast ocean rolling swells make for spectacular racing and big air, truly testing crews and equipment, no matter the weather conditions. Gordon Robinson and Allan Branch in Superboat Lite “Fuel Doctor” took second place overall, ahead of Steve Bone and Karl Wall in “Global Security’. Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley in Superboat “Profloors” withdrawing from the days racing with a reoccurrence of the gimbal bearing failure that put paid to their racing at Round two in Taupo.
Gordon Robinson and Allan Branch in the AB Marine prepared Superboat Lite Fuel Doctor, powered with a pair of Mercury 300X outboards won the Superboat Lite Class title, with Steve Bone and Karl Wall in “Global Security’ taking second place. Michael Fletcher and Jason Way in “Total Home Developments” #S-1 and John Shand and Steve Jellick in Barely Legal #17 withdrawing from the days racing with mechanical issues.
Gavin McGrath, Haaka Le Seuer and Emma Wellwood in “Gull Force 10” won the Classic class from Terry Fletcher, Shane Fletcher, Shannon Martin and Paul Greenfield in “Total Home Developments” #103 who came home in second place ahead of Grant Valder, Sarah Valder, Don Brock, Paul Carter and Darien Walker in “Outlaw’ C44.
Husband and wife team, Haydon and Delia Spiers from Whangarei again 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”, with Mike Urquhart and James Downs in “NZ Home Loans” #9 Sonic 1900SS in second and Colin and Corey Dunn in their Sonic 1900SS “CRD Automotive” in third place.
Chris Haeger and Nick Campbell in “New Zealand Home Loans” #16 won Sports 150, with father and daughter Tony and Charlotte Carson in “Red Steel” second and “D & H Steel” this time driven by Jono Hanley with crew Jamie and Shara Carson in third.
Racing heads to Napier on Saturday the 11th of April for the Redsteel 100 Round five of the 2015 NZ Offshore Powerboat Championships, a change in date from that originally advised. The best viewing is from Perfume Point with racing starting at 1pm. Full details at www.nzoffshore.co.nz prior to the race.
The 2015 series dates are now Round five, Napier, 11 April 2015. Round six, Paihia, Bay of Islands, 9 May 2015. The date of Round Seven to be held in Auckland is to be confirmed.