WATCH: Superboat action gets airborne and dangerous

Two superboats crash during the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships in Coffs Harbour.
Two superboats crash during the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships in Coffs Harbour. Steve Ayers

IT'S the equivalent of crashing a Ferrari into another luxury car at breakneck speed on water.     

Round 4 of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships in Coffs Harbour has certainly thrown up some high-speed drama.    

Race leader Maritimo, driven by Travis Thompson and throttle man Ross Willaton was gunning towards line honours when a blade dislodged from its propeller seeing the boat slow dramatically. 

In hot pursuit 222 Offshore Racing, owned by Darren Nicholson, lost sight of Maritimo in the spray and crashed into its rear becoming airborne to the disbelief of the large crowd.    

"It was a most spectacular crash, I couldn't believe the vision when I saw it," Offshore Superboats spokesman Paul Fowlds said.     

"Fortunately all the crew were fine completely uninjured.     

Both boats are valued between $500,000 and $1 million so race organisers say the repairs ahead of the fifth round in Mooloolaba next month won't come cheap.      

"It's really unfortunate for team 222 and Darren as this is their first year racing," Paul said.  

"Both crews are still counting the cost of the damage, but there's a lot of damage up the back of the Maritimo boat and across its deck."         

In a Stephen Bradbury type moment Team 3 ended up claiming line honours after the two leaders did not finish in the supercat extreme class.  

Paul Fowlds and his Hog Breaths Offshore Racing crew claimed victory in the outboard 600s.        


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