WATER SKIMMER: Onlookers crowd Bowen Jetty as a Superboat skips past.
WATER SKIMMER: Onlookers crowd Bowen Jetty as a Superboat skips past. EMB Photographics

Superboat success

IT WAS a winning weekend in Bowen with round three of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships racing into town.

While Maritimo took out the Supercat Extreme class and Hogs Breath Offshore claimed the Supercat 600 class, it was Bowen itself that proved the real winner.

Bowen Tourism and Business events co-ordinator Rae Ernst-Kelly said the economic impact had been immense.

"One particular fast food venue said they had their busiest hour of turnover since they started trading in Bowen," she said.

Current estimates put visitor numbers over 2000, with people coming from as far afield as Charters Towers.

There's good reason too, with Bowen being one of the best places to see the superboats test their speed.

"With the high tide, they were just so close to the foreshore and especially the Bowen jetty," Ms Ernst-Kelly said.

There was far more to see than just the fast paced action on the water however.

"On Saturday night we had vintage cars, market stalls, music in the streets, Herbert St was closed and the superboats obviously were a star attraction," she said.

Ms Ernst-Kelly said Bowen Tourism and Business would be carrying out economic impact assessments to see the boats return in 2016.


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