Superboat event in Bowen to provide economic boost

FAST PACED: Round 2 of the Offshore Superboat Championships will be coming to Bowen in June. Photo Andrew Gricks
FAST PACED: Round 2 of the Offshore Superboat Championships will be coming to Bowen in June. Photo Andrew Gricks

HIGH octane action will be coming to the waters of Bowen from June 21-22 when the Offshore Superboat Championships comes to town.

With the event expected to draw a crowd of more than 10,000 people, Bowen resident Mick Boyce is calling on businesses in Airlie Beach, Proserpine and the Whitsunday islands to become involved.

"We really need the Whitsundays to get behind this event and say 'well don't just come for the two days - come for four or five days - make a holiday out of it'," he said.

Racers will qualify on June 21 with racing over the two-day event to be televised on SBS and pay to air television channels. The event is being run by Tourism Bowen and supported by Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL).

WMDL chief executive officer Danial Rochford said his organisation believed the event would bring a "significant number of visitors" to the region.

"And we believe there will be wider benefits," he said.

"It's a massive windfall for the Whitsundays to have this event come here."

Offshore Superboat Council president Graham Fraser said Bowen had been chosen for round 2 of the championship this year "as it ticks all the boxes we are looking for".

"Firstly, it has a committed group of people from Bowen working with us to get us there, secondly, the water at Bowen provides excellent viewing for all spectators and thirdly local businesses have raised a considerable amount of money to cover the costs of running this event," he said.

Mr Fraser said the team would be bringing a minimum of 14 boats and crews who would stay in Bowen and the surrounding areas from Friday to Monday at least.

He said most teams had a minimum of six people to support their boats.

"Accommodation and eating houses will do extremely well this weekend," he said.

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