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October 23, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The normally tranquil waters of Hervey Bay will play host to the sixth and final round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championship on the weekend of November 8-10. 

The event will provide a thrilling spectacle for visitors to the Fraser Coast, roaring into action with some of the most powerful racing boats on the planet.

Senior Marketing Coordinator for Fraser Coast Opportunities, Tas Webber, said he was delighted the series finale would be fought out in Hervey Bay.

“It will be fast, furious and plenty of fun…just another great reason to come to Hervey Bay,’’ he said.

“These boats are the water-going equivalent to Formula 1 racing. The sound, speed and power of these machines are unmatched in ocean racing and the fact that the series winner will be crowned in Hervey Bay only adds to the excitement’’.

Mr Webber said the event would attract huge spectator numbers in addition to the world’s best drivers and support staff from throughout South East Queensland and interstate, with 25,000 fans expected to crowd the beach for the final day of racing on Sunday November 10.

The race will be broadcast to a free-to-air TV on SBS speedweek with an audience in excess of 500,000 and will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the region and the local tourism industry.

Mr Webber said the event would bring benefits for the whole region, with visitors expected to sample a range of attractions whilst in town including the vibrant café, restaurants and bars of the Hervey Bay Esplanade, the old port city of Maryborough, iconic Fraser Island and more.

A huge weekend of public entertainment is planned including a massive eight metre live screen erected at the Scarness foreshore to showcase all the action.

The racing schedule includes:

  • ·       Meet the Drivers event at Hervey Bay Boat Club from 6pm on Friday November 8
  • ·       Pole position shoot out from noon on Saturday November 9
  • ·       Boat parade through Hervey Bay and along the Esplanade on Saturday from 3.30pm
  • ·       Race Day entertainment from 10am, Sunday November 10
  • ·       Main racing from 11am Sunday November 10
  • ·       Champions Dinner at Hervey Bay Boat Club from 6pm on Sunday November 10

Also new for 2013, an exclusive area inside the racecourse has been set up for paying guests to enjoy front row, 360°-view seats and sumptuous seafood catering aboard luxurious catamarans.

Round six of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championship will be based from the Hervey Bay Boat Club in Buccaneer Drive and raced out the front of the Hervey Bay foreshore.

Costing up to $1million each and capable of speeds of well over 200 kph, the huge 40ft vessels will power around a triangular course running from Torquay to Point Vernon within several hundred meters of the Esplanade.

The race is free to the public.

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