Local superboats win caps off Big Weekend of action

Date posted: 15 October 2018

More than 30,000 people lined the shores of Lake Macquarie over the weekend for what has become the city’s biggest annual festival.

The Lake Mac Big Weekend featured 12 events, including the second round of the Offshore Superboat Championships.

Local superboat driver Darren Nicholson took out the weekend’s third and final race on Sunday in front of a cheering home crowd.

While overcast conditions and the occasional shower kept crowds down on Saturday, Sunday’s blue sky and warmer weather proved perfect for thousands of families enjoying the action on water and on land.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the addition this year of a Sunday food and wine festival in Speers Point Park proved an outstanding success.

“The aim of the weekend was to provide something for everyone, and the suite of events on offer certainly delivered, Cr Fraser said.

“With Matt Hall Racing aerobatic displays overhead, the jet skis flying around the lake off Eleebana and the superboats reaching speeds of almost 200km/h there was action right across the weekend.”

“But the shoreside activities and attractions were equally important in making the Lake Mac Big Weekend such a success.”

The superboat races were broadcast to an international television audience.

“This weekend showcases everything Lake Macquarie has to offer, and will have ongoing benefits in terms of tourism and attracting more great events to our city,” Cr Fraser said.

The local round of the Offshore Superboat Championships is supported and funded by a joint partnership between Dantia - Lake Macquarie’s economic development company - and Destination NSW.

The weekend is expected to have injected $10million into the local economy.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 15 October 2018