Powerboats revved up for BP Airport Pro-Classic


Bundaberg Powerboat Club members are excited to hit the water this weekend at the BP Airport Pro-Classic
Bundaberg Powerboat Club members are excited to hit the water this weekend at the BP Airport Pro-Classic.

The Bundaberg powerboat community is revving up for a big weekend on the water for the BP Airport Pro-Classic at Sandy Hook.

After a three month break, secretary of the Bundaberg Powerboat Club Kathy Eglington said drivers were keen to get out on Sunday to compete in a range of competition classes at the all-day event.

“We usually have five events a year and this is part of one of our fun days where we get out on the water to compete but to also have a great time,” she said.

The BP Airport Pro-Classic on Sunday is expected to attract not only local competitors but also powerboating enthusiasts from as far as northern NSW, according to Kathy.

“We are expecting about 40 boats to be competing on the day,” she said.

“Competitions will include Open Class Inboards, Open Class Outboards, 850CC, Restricted Combo class, 25hp and a demonstration from our Formula Futures.

Family fun with the  Bundaberg Powerboat Club
Family fun with the Bundaberg Powerboat Club

“There will be a number of new boats making it onto the water this weekend and we look forward to seeing how they go.”

Kathy said powerboating was a fantastic sport to get the whole family involved in and a great community made up the Bundaberg Powerboat Club.

“Some of our youngest drivers are ten years of age and our oldest driver is about 70 years old,” she said.

“The great thing about our club is that anyone can have a go.

“We have all sorts of boats available from low-budget to juniors to boats that can go up to 105km an hour.”

The competition

Kathy said on competition day, the power boats would participate in circuit-style races at Sandy Hook.

“The best way to describe it is it's like Speedway on water,” she said.

“Some classes will start the race on the drop of the flag while others might have a handicap.

“For those who don't want to race but still want to be involved, we are always looking for people to volunteer for the many various roles such as time keeping or being part of our safety boat crews.”

Kathy said the BP Airport Pro-Classc would be held at Sandy Hook on Sunday, 20 October from 10am to 4pm.

“This is a free event for the public to watch so come along on Sunday to enjoy a great family day out,” she said.

To find out more or to volunteer your time, contact Kathy on 0411 268 575.