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With winds of over 50 knots predicted for Saturday afternoon and waves of over two metres already building at Gulf Harbour, officials for the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship have postponed the final race by one day.
The final 100-mile and 60-mile championship races were scheduled to run today, Saturday 2 May, but will now run on Sunday 3 May, says Greg Brinck, spokesperson for the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Association.
“The weather forecast for Sunday is good, with this front expected to have passed through by the morning. At the present time, we couldn’t even launch the boats from the marina boat ramp, so we’ve made the only decision possible today.”
Everything planned for Saturday – food outlets, entertainment, etc – will be replicated on Sunday with the races due to start at 1:00pm. The final round of the championship sees teams set up home for the day on Hammerhead Reserve on the ocean-side of the Gulf Harbour Marina.
A podium presentation will take place at the reserve at 3pm, followed by the end-of-season prize-giving at
Carpe Diem Restaurant and Pacific Bar from 6:30 pm.
More details are available on the website www.nzoffshore.co.nz.