With perfect weather the Victorian Outboard Club staged their season opener of the Victorian Outboard racing season last Sunday. This year’s championship consists of 6 rounds that take in Lakes at – Eppalock, Glenmaggie, Melton and Paynesville. The classes available to contest are Future formula ( 15hp) , 25hp class, 1800cc Super Sports, 2100cc Class and Unlimited Outboard which are the F1& F2 Tunnel boats.
Last weekend`s Round 1 was held at the Victorian Speedboat Club at Lake Eppalock. We had 4 classes run with approx. 20 boats representing the outboards.
It was a great day with the Juniors running 3 x boats and mixing up between themselves with the day eventually being taken out by “Monopoly” over Jake Chiminello`s “Budlime” and a New boat known as “Race Marine” raced by Alex Shepardly. This entry level class is great for the juniors as it teaches driving skills with discipline with fun competition. *As a note the Vic APBA have a loan boat that can be loaned to a prospective junior competitor with a day licence for those wishing to get to know this sport. Simply contact the APBA on their website for contacts about this and the conditions.
The 1800cc super sport class had a total of 9 x boats enter with a field that consisted of 9 x different engine and boat combinations so it was anyone’s guess on the winning package, especially as the VOC run their championship on a handi-capping time system so all should have a chance of being competitive in the right conditions. The boats in this class range from brands such as: Bullet, Tennessee, Dancraft and Adventure Craft with engines from the 70`s like the 1500XS or the newer engines like the Yamaha V4 130hp or Evinrude Etec`s. You have a budget and desire to race, this is an affordable class with varying hulls and engines that can still make you competitive. This class has improved in numbers over the winter and will surely grow for these reasons. The racing was exciting as 9 boats roared into life throughout the days with places swapping and mini races within the main race. After the three races were completed three races Richard “ Hollywood” Hannan took the victors spoils from Scott Rowse and Stuart Jackson.
In the 2100cc Class it was the first time the Meades brothers had faced off with one another after many years on the outboard racing scene and the racing was intense with Tim Martin also getting in on the action. This was the first race for David “ The Meadiator” Meades since his spectacular roll in his F1 tunnel boat some months ago and he improved by keeping this boat owned by Mick Taranto on the water. In the end Richard proved too strong for his rivals with his winning of 2 races and taking out the days overall.
The F1 & F2 tunnel boat class had two newcomers to the class with Caleb Frost and Shaun Oliver who are only 18 and 20 years respectively. These boys have done their time in the 25hp class and the skills they gained in the lower class really shone in the Premier class but in the end experience shone out and Kris Oakley came out on top and showed the two new comers how to win.
If you would like to come out and have a look at the boat racing scene please contact us and we will talk you through what is required. It’s a great family fun sport for all ages and all are welcome.