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Superboats at Wyndham Harbour: A Weekend of Adrenaline.

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In a thrilling weekend event that took place on February 24th and 25th, the Superboats roared back into action at Wyndham Harbour, Werribee South. Among the competitors were Steve Lancaster and Craig Dove, who made their maiden race debut in the Supercat Outboard class.

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Despite being newcomers to the Offshore Superboat Championship (OSC), Lancaster and Dove brought with them a wealth of experience from their distinguished careers in ski racing and other water events. Lancaster, serving as the pilot, has participated in numerous Moomba Festivals on the Yarra River in Melbourne and across Asia. Meanwhile, Dove, taking on the role of throttleman, has undertaken adventurous feats such as skiing across the Bass Strait and from Los Angeles to Catalina Island.

Eager to make their mark in the OSC, Lancaster and Dove not only entered their Supercat Outboard vessel but also prepared a 20-foot craft for the SuperSport 65 class. Their Supercat Outboard vessel stands out from others worldwide as it is made of aluminum rather than composite materials and runs on Mercury’s 300XS two-stroke outboards.

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Originally built by the Horton brothers in Queensland, the boat has a rich history as a Class Two vessel before being scaled down from the renowned Tencurra craft by Australian boatbuilding legend Bill Barry-Cotter AM. Despite its age, the boat remains well-balanced and suited for rough waters, making it a prized possession for Lancaster and Dove.

While some may expect the pair to aim for speed records given their impressive backgrounds, Lancaster emphasized their strategy of “consistent consistency,” aiming to finish every race rather than focusing solely on speed. Their dedication to fun and competition extends to their plans to bring their second boat to as many events as possible.

VIDEO: Superboats at Wyndham Harbour in 2023

Speaking on the event, Wyndham City Mayor Cr Jennie Barrera expressed excitement at hosting the Superboat championship event at Wyndham Harbour, highlighting its significance for tourism and the city’s reputation as a host for major water sport events.

Australian Offshore Powerboat Club Commodore Antony de Fina echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the anticipation for the 2024 season and the ideal conditions at Wyndham Harbour for the races. The weekend’s schedule included thrilling races in various classes, providing entertainment for spectators and participants alike, with presentations concluding the event on Sunday afternoon.

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