Offshore powerboats descend on Tauranga

BEN GLADWELL - BOATING NZ
Last updated 10:13 11/02/2013

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Team Fujitsu has a score to settle in Tauranga this weekend when round two of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat series kicks off on Saturday February 16.

After leading for almost the entire race in round one at Taupo, Fujitsu made an error on one of the final corners, letting the reigning national champs, Fairview, sneak in and snatch victory.

Fujitsu helmsman Tony Coleman and throttleman Chris Hanley will be hoping for calm conditions in Tauranga, as their lighter boat excels in flat water, whereas the heavier Fairview prefers choppier conditions.

Also hoping for rougher waters will be the Australian Team 3 who, due to Australian race rulings, is 700kg heavier.

The race, which is hosted by Bay of Plenty Tourism and Acceleration on Water, sees a change of base for the first time, with the set up of team tents and race pit area in The Strand Car Park, Downtown Tauranga Waterfront.

Coinciding with the event will be the GP Hydroplanes, who start racing Saturday afternoon well as the Tauranga Sailing Club Regatta.

GJ Gardner NZ Offshore Powerboat race starts at 11:00am Saturday 16 February, best viewing for the race is at Sulphur Point.

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