The Mackay Power Boat Club will be back in action this weekend. Photo: JGRimages
The Mackay Power Boat Club will be back in action this weekend. Photo: JGRimages

Kinchant to close as adrenaline junkies hit the water

BRAD Nelson will finally satiate his need for speed when the Mackay Power Boat Club returns to Kinchant Dam waters this weekend.

After a long hiatus due to coronavirus, Nelson and his fellow MPC members have finally been given the green light to go full throttle on Saturday.

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Nelson, whose business Shutdown Fibreglass and Marine specialises in performance boats, said the long lay-off had pushed people to get their boats race-ready in preparation for a return to action.

“It’s been boring (not racing), but we’ve been incredibly busy,” he said.

“I think a lot of people have used it as an opportunity to get organised.”

Saturday’s event will include 60, 70, 80 and 105mph classes and, for the first time, a jetski come and try event.

“They’ll do a different type of racing, on a timed challenge course around our buoys,” Nelson said.

“It will be a lot like rally driving. They’ll be given a course direction in the morning and have to memorise it.”

Junior classes will also be run throughout the day.

Kinchant Dam will be closed to the general public from 6am-6pm on Saturday, though spectators are welcome so long as they observe social distancing regulations.

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Nelson welcomed anyone on the fence, boat or no boat, to get to Kinchant Dam on Saturday and experience the incredible adrenaline rush first-hand.


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