Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
Single horse racing for Offshore Powerboats THE NZ OFFSHORE POWERBOAT circuit is building momentum after a slow start in the first round in Taupo on January 26. In the opening round, the Superboat class was not contested as Profloors, the only entrant, suffered engine damage during practice the previous day. In the smaller Superboat Lites, Back N Black (Mike Fletcher & John Shand) got the best of AB Marine (Steve Bone & Alan Branch). Two weeks later, Profloors was untouchable in round two in Whitianga on February 8. She was the only entrant in the Superboat class and a 225hp advantage was too much for the only Superboat Lite, Ararimu Free Range which conceded line honours to the bigger and faster boat. In the smaller Sports 200 class, four contenders were locked together throughout both of the day’s races. As the winds and chop increased, NZ Home Loans and CRD Automotive lost places thanks to some hard landings. Full results can be found at www.nzoffshore.co.nz BUYING TICKETS TO the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show online will earn one lucky show-goer the chance to win a Viking Profish 440 Evolution IV fishing kayak package worth $3000. Show organisers are entering every online ticket purchaser in the draw to take home a Profish 440 Evolution IV, one of Viking’s top range fishing kayaks, ideal for fishing in calm harbour waters or in bigger seas off the coast. Show manager, Dave Gibbs, says people who buy tickets on line will avoid having to queue at the gate and will go in the draw to win the prize package. It includes a Hutchwilco multi-fit safety vest, deluxe fisherman seat, Propelz speed paddle, insulated fish bag, running rig and drift chute, two Railblaza rod holders, paddle leash and two rod leashes, C Tug kayak trolley, safety flag, fish stringer and Propelz deluxe seat cushion. Tickets for the show, held between May 15 and 18 at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, are available at: www.boatshow.co.nz. BIG BOAT SHOW OFFER 12 Boating New Zealand March 2014 BAY OF ISLANDS RACE WEEK has a big reputation, but as of 2015, it will be super. The Millennium Cup, contested by superyachts, will run with Bay of Islands Race Week from next year. Peter Busfield, CEO of the New Zealand Marine Export Group which hosts the New Zealand Millennium Cup, says the combined race format offers superyacht owners a fantastic opportunity to enjoy one of New Zealand’s most attractive marine playgrounds at the height of the New Zealand summer. The timing will work in well with the cruising and maintenance schedules of many superyachts as they make their way down the coast after the racing. The NZ Millennium Cup was established in 2000 and has been contested four times in the Hauraki Gulf. BIG BOATS COMING TO BAY Boating _on watch_March14.indd 12 19/02/2014 2:23:23 p.m.
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