The normally tranquil waters of Lake Macquarie will be decidedly less so this weekend when some of the most powerful racing boats in the country thunder in for ta weekend of high-octane action.
That’s because round three of the 2019 Offshore Superboat Championships will run from Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 October.
The event will see super sleek watercraft reach jaw-dropping speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour as they negotiate a seven-kilometre circuit starting at Marmong Point Marina.
This year’s contest will see a return of crowd favourite race teams, including Maritimo Australia, and Simrad SUV – piloted for the first time by local boating identity and Marmong Point Marina owner Les Binkin.
The superboats will race at 1.20pm on Saturday 19 October and twice on Sunday 20 October – at 11am and 1pm.
Action on the water will continue throughout the weekend, with junior boat categories racing the superboat course on both days, and jet-ski racing 10am-3pm both days from Lions Park at Eleebana.
“Community events like the Superboat Championships bring so much vibrancy to our City,” Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said.
“They activate our lake foreshore and bring our community and visitors together to celebrate what we love about Lake Mac.”
There’ll be plenty of onshore action too with weekend crowds in Warners Bay able to enjoy markets and pop-up licenced bars from 10am-3pm on both days.
A vintage car display will also take place at the southern end of the foreshore during Saturday’s competition.
Also on Saturday, free family water sports will be on offer at Marmong Point Sailing Club while Speers Point Park will host a noon-8pm Food and Wine Festival.
Apparently, the best Superboats viewing spots include Eleebana, Marmong Point and Warners Bay foreshore so get there early to nab a good perch!
Head here for a full rundown of activities.