Round four of the Offshore Superboat Championships series saw Lake Macquarie, known as Australia’s largest saltwater lake, have its first taste of high-octane racing over the weekend.
Teams navigated through 10 laps of the 8.10km course, from Warners Bay shops to Marmong Point Marina. Twice as big as Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie’s course incorporated a number of large sweeping turns, designed to give spectators plenty of great vantage points.
It was a noisy afternoon for Saturdays pole position shootout. With tensions high and weather conditions proving to be near perfect, racing was going to be fast.
R Marine Crawley Racing team driver Glenn Campbell said, “The on-water conditions where quite different to the first three rounds. Lake Macquarie being sheltered from the elements, made the course quite flat and smooth”.
Teams with smaller boats proved to be quite quick off the mark, with the weather conditions suiting their smaller craft. Mr Campbell continued, “Being a slightly larger vessel R Marine Crawley Racing are more suited to the rougher conditions that open water courses produce”.
Sunday morning arrived and with it brought weather conditions much the same as Saturday. It was quite obvious event organisers created a fantastic hype in the lead up to the event, with thick crowds again, lining the foreshore in anticipation for the flag to drop.
Local news station NBN, confirming the event as a huge success for organisers. Reporter Samual Djodan said, “They’re dubbed the V8s of the water. The Offshore Superboats have drawn thousands of spectators to the shores of Lake Macquarie today. The high-octane event proved so successful first time around, it’s already likely to return next year”.