Speed on the water at Sandy Hook for powerboat fun day

Bundaberg Powerboat Club's Fun Day a big success

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Montana Atkinson, 11, hopes to take out Australian Age Champion for a second year in the J1 series of powerboats.

The full force of the power behind the boats was felt at Sandy Hook today with Bundaberg Powerboat Club's Fun Day.

There wasn't a minute to spare between heats as race officials kept a watchful eye on the competition.

For one young competitor Montana Atkinson flew across the water in her powerboat Miss Conduct.

Montana, 11, is part of Jnr Team Acko Racing, and is the 2018 Australian champion and hopes her dedication will see her take the title again this year.

With parents Katrina and Brett Atkinson watching on, Montana's beaming smile said it all after her second heat for the day.

Montana started racing at eight and was crowned the J1 Australian Champion last year.

A title she hopes to back up again this year in the J2 class.

The Year 6 student said she doesn't get scared taking the turns and focuses on controlling her boat.

Montana Atkinson takes to the water in Miss Conduct

“I just have to back-off the accelerator to slow down as there are no brakes,” Montana said.

“If I take the corner too fast I just keep going.”

Katrina said powerboat racing was a great sport for the kids to be involved in, as there companionship on and off the water.

“The beauty of boat racing is the friendships formed,” Katrina said.

“They look after each other out there and it's about having a good time.”

Sandy Hook a great place to compete

Powerboat racing is in the family's blood, with Brett and Montana's older siblings Zac and Michaella, also part of the Acho JNR Racing team.

The family travelled from Coomera to compete at today's event.

Brett said he first raced at Bundaberg about 16 years ago.

“It's a great place here,” he said.

Montana said racing here was “pretty good”.

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RACING: There was plenty of action on the water at Bundaberg Powerboat Club's fun day.

Bundaberg Powerboats impress at Sandy Hook

As the smell of two-stroke petrol and hot burgers filled the air at Sandy Hook the competition started to heat up.

Bundaberg Powerboat Club secretary Kathy Eglington said the day went very well.

The next club event will be the Rum City Powerboat Classic that will be held on 27 and 28 July.

Crowds also were drawn to the heritage car show on Saturday, read about it here.