Bowen Superboats prove a blast
SMILING faces, screaming engines and salt spray - the Bowen Offshore Superboats made for a winning weekend.
And the winners weren't just the competitors, with Superboat Category winner Maritimo Offshore Racing throttle man Ross Willaton saying Bowen was a brilliant place to race.
"We love coming to Bowen," he said.
"We race internationally and one of the races we go to is the Key West World Championships.
"We call Bowen the mini Key West.
"I don't think there's anything better in Australia."
Mr Willaton said they had suffered technical issues in both races, making the win all the sweeter.
"So I wasn't setting the boat exactly how it should be for a corner because I was more interested in trying to keep our speed up," he said.
"So for us we actually worked pretty hard for the win."
Bowen Tourism and Business superboat committee member Paul McLaughlin acknowledged the event was a win for Bowen as well.
"(Saturday night) was an indication at the Main Street Party," he said.
"The whole town was absolutely chockers; every pub was full, all the shops were open and the whole street was packed.
"I also believe that most of the accommodation filled up over the weekend."
Mr McLaughlin said it was hard to gauge exactly how much of a boost the event gave the town, but the feedback had been highly encouraging.
"During the week we were talking to people and they were heading out of town," he said.
"But they all decided to camp up another week just so they didn't miss it."