Throughout the history of the Club, boat racing and family involvement have been at its core with many boat and circuit race records held by numerous members of the VOC. The Club started many years ago with race meetings conducted at Albert Park Lake, Edwards Park Lake, Eildon Pondage to name a few. Today, outboard races are held at Lake Charm, Lake Eppalock and Lake Glenmaggie, as well as other venues within Victoria.
In the early days of circuit racing, the most popular boats were timber racing runabouts with hydroplanes, and the Club has seen many design changes along the way with V-boats, hydroplanes, tunnel decks and various forms of tunnel boats. Today, most boats are junior circuit boats, open sport boats, tunnel deck boats and F1 Tunnel boats.
The Club has and continues to hold Victorian and Australian Titles in Victoria at various stages and venues, and often supports race meetings with other clubs within the racing calendar. We have many standalone title races such as the Paynesville Gold Cup dating back to 1954 that are perpetual trophies.
The Victorian Outboard Club shares a passion for boats and encourages all ages of involvement, whether it be racing boats or volunteering at events. We have a growing membership base of new and old and always welcome new members. Memberships come in two forms – social and race. Powerboat racing is a great sport where all the family can join in and support each other with loads of friends to be made.
There are many classes of boat racing with various classes from 15hp all the way through to the Unlimited Outboards that run F1 style Tunnel boats with speeds in excess of 160kph (100mph). Children can start racing at 16 as you must hold a Victorian Powerboat license.
The Victorian division of the APBA has two junior boats available to introduce younger drivers to the sport, so if you are interested in powerboat racing and would like to give it a go, please contact the VOC and arrange a trial.
The VOC currently meets at the National Water Sports Centre in Carrum at 7:00pm on the second Wednesday of every month, and visitors are always welcome.
All racing is conducted under the Australian Power Boat Association regulations with mandatory safety sanctioned events.