Offshore superboats get ready to rumble
THEY may be priced upwards of a million dollars, but in the thrill of the race there's little preservation given to these superboats as their skippers feel the need for speed.
Just ask Conn Saloumidis who is returning to Coffs Harbour this weekend for the forth rip-roaring round of the Offshore Superboat Championship Series.
"Coffs Harbour is potentially Australia's best harbour for offshore boat racing, given spectators have a clear view of the course and can take in all the racing - nowhere else has this advantage," Mr Saloumidis said.
"The swell coming through the heads makes for some incredible air time and it's going to be a huge show for Coffs Harbour."
This weekend's event will mark its third year in the region and will feature a pole position shootout on Saturday with a number of races taking place on the Sunday.
Swell up to 1.5 metres is predicted on both days - making conditions smooth enough to have the boats flying into the harbour.
Spectators will be able to get up close to the action with the races held within the harbour and the jetty providing prime viewing.
The event is backed by Coffs Harbour City Council and MP Andrew Fraser who lobbied for Destination NSW to come on board.
Destination NSW chief executive Sandra Chipchase said the return of the championships to Coffs Harbour was a boon for the region.
"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," Ms Chipchase said.
The major sponsor of the championships is C.ex Group.
The event is supported by Coffs Harbour Marina, Coffs Yacht Club, the Fisherman's Co-op and Pacific Marina Luxury Apartments.
Saturday: Pole position shootout 1-2pm
Sunday: Race 1 starts at 11am and Race 2 at 1pm. Presentations at 3:30pm.