The third event of the 2015 Australian Offshore Superboat Championship series will be streamed live tonight on speedonthewater.com starting at 6 p.m. (PST) and 9 p.m. (EST) with the first race. Tonight’s airing of the event in Bowen, a city on the coast of Queensland, will be first time Australian offshore powerboat racing has been streamed live through a United States-based media outlet.
Following the rough-water event in Mackay (shown here), today’s Australian Offshore Superboat Championship racers should face milder conditions in Bowen. Photo courtesy/copyright Emb Photographics.
The second race of the day is scheduled to begin—and be broadcast on the site via Livestream—at 8 p.m. on the West Coast and 11 p.m. on the East Coast. The series’ Superboat Extreme and Super Cat Outboard classes compete together, though not against one another, in each race, which means as many as 13 canopied catamarans can be on the course at one time.
Unlike the most recent Australian Offshore Superboat Championship event in Mackay, also in Queensland, which saw heavy rain and high seas that forced the cancellation of the standard pole position battle the day before the races, conditions for the Bowen event look excellent. Seas are running three to four feet under mostly clear skies, with temperatures in the mid 70s (F).
Watch the Livestream from the Australian Offshore Superboat Championship in Bowen above.
Featuring four laps on the 2.39-mile (3.86-kilometer) course, yesterday’s pole position competition in the Superboat Extreme class saw Martimo Australia turned in the fastest lap with an average speed of 99.31 mph (157.91 kph). In the Super Cat Outboard class, the Hog’s Breath Offshore Racing team ran with fastest lap with an average speed of 71.05 mph (112.98 kph).
In Superboat Extreme class, Team 3 and Martimo head into the Bowen contest today (Sunday morning in Australia when the first race begins) with one victory a piece from the Mackay event. Super Cat Outboard teams Hog’s Breath Offshore Racing and SUV Ram Trucks also enter today’s competition with one win each from the Mackay races.