Round 3 of the Offshore Superboat Championships (Coffs Harbour)
Race three of the Australian Offshore Superboat Champs saw R Marine Crawley Racing travel to the Northern NSW region of Coffs Harbour.
Saturday pole position shootout proved to be a challenge for many teams. Two metre seas and twenty plus knots of winds tested the navigation expertise of many teams. Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, R Marine Crawley Racing couldn’t finish the race.
With help from team GCCM, and an overnight tune-up, R Marine Crawley Racing was ready for the flag to drop on day two, race one of the event.
The weather conditions improved, with the twenty knot winds dropping dramatically, along with the swell. The crowd turnout was fantastic, with many people on-looking from the shoreline. Walking through the masses you could feel the adrenaline in the air, in anticipation for the powerful machines to unleash full throttle.
At the end of the first race, R Marine Crawley turned a lot of heads by charging out to the lead and never looking like slowing down through the swell, of the 4km course.
At the end of race one, R Marine Crawley Racing came out on top recording their first win of the season. In a recap of the race, event organisers said,
“The Supercat 600hp class had some of the best racing of the year with R Marine Crawley recording their first win of the season with the Hogs Breath crew hot on their tails finishing 7 seconds behind. The battle for third had Mick Walker and Ian Harris of Team Phantom winning the battle against Team 88 GCCM and SUV SIMRAD rounded out the field coming home in 5th position”.
Still riding the high from their first race win, R Marine Crawley Racing geared up for the second race of the day, blowing the close field out of the water, recording their second race win. Organisers said,
“The 600hp class once again showed the close parody between the six teams with the first two laps hotly contested before R Marine Crawley managed to break out in front and set a commanding lead. Current AUS1 title holders Hogs Breath Offshore suffered their first DNF of the season with an oil pressure issue forcing them into early race retirement. Main stayer’s SUV SIMRAD found another gear and managed to pull away from Team 88 GCCM in their close battle for second while Team Phantom Racing nursed their boat home in fourth place”.
In recap of the event, team R Marine Crawley Racing said,
“Well the Offshore Superboat Championships (Australia) Coffs Harbour Round 3 event was jammed pack full of ups and downs for team R Marine Crawley Racing, struggling with mechanical issues all weekend the team pulled together for an amazing result of 1st place in both races. A big thanks to R Marine Crawley, Dynamic Excavations, BRS Building Rectification Services, Simtech Creations, Media Booth Australia, Profender Pontoon Fenders”.