Rev your engines for superboat championships
THE power and exhilaration of the Offshore Superboat Championships will be returning to our region later this year after Coffs Harbour fended off a rival hosting bid from Mackay.
The fourth round of the championships will see the nation's fastest superboats roar into action on the harbour with unprecedented crowds expected for the August 15-16 titles.
In anticipation of the event, SUV Dodge Ram Team throttle man Conn Saloumidis visited Coffs Harbour with his 600 horsepower superboat on Tuesday to reveal more of what people could expect.
"It's going to be a huge show for Coffs Harbour and a great event for the region," he said.
"We're hoping everyone comes on down - it's a great event that the whole family can enjoy."
This is the third year the event has come to Coffs Harbour which has consistently attracted thousands of people to the foreshores, as well as showcasing the harbour around the world via Speed TV.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said the championships had proved to be a fantastic way for people across the globe to see what Coffs Harbour has to offer.
"While the boats and the drivers' skills are amazing, our beautiful harbour
comes through as the real star of the event," Cr Knight said.
Once again this year's event will feature a pole position shootout on the Saturday with a number of races taking place on the Sunday, with boats reaching speeds of up to 200kmh.
Spectators will be able to get up close to the action with the races moving in and out of the harbour and the jetty providing the prime viewing.
Destination NSW chief executive Sandra Chipchase said the return of the championships to Coffs Harbour was a coup for the region.
"I encourage everyone to begin planning a trip to Coffs Harbour for this exciting, thrill-seeking event," Ms Chipchase said.
"Events are a strong drawcard for attracting visitors from across the state, contributing to the NSW Government's goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020."
The major sponsor of the championships is C.ex Group.