Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Features FishingBoating Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising MarineBusiness-World

 

Sail-World.com : Wild Action - Australian V8 Jetboat Championships

Wild Action - Australian V8 Jetboat Championships

'Australian V8superboats Jet Sprint Championships - Continental Tyres Superboat Series Maryborough'    Theo Spykers ©
The V8 Jetspint series presents an amazing spectacle as the image above shows.

Tweed Valley’s Jet sprint club, Cabarita track is located about 10kms from Tweed Heads. It was the scene of the 8th round in the Australian V8 Jetsprint Championships on September 23rd. last year. The Group A speedster Tunn-a-Guts came unstuck

Theo Spykers was on the spot and captured this sequence and has provide all the action images in this story.


It was a glorious day for racing but this incident could have turned really ugly, had it not been for the superb efforts of the safety crew.


Australian V8 Jetboat Championships Round 8 -    



Australian V8 Jetboat Championships Round 8 -  



Australian V8 Jetboat Championships Round 8 -  



Australian V8 Jetboat Championships Round 8 -  



Australian V8 Jetboat Championships Round 8 -  



Australian V8 Jetboat Championships Round 8 -  


These amazing pictures from the V8 Jet sprinting spectacular prompted us to provide a little more detail on this sport.

Since its humble beginnings in New Zealand 20 years ago V8 Jetsprint racing has developed into one of the most exciting forms of motor sport that exists today.

Likened to rally driving on water, the boats can accelerate from 0 to 160km’s in under two seconds while completing 180 degree corners pulling 5-6 G’s similar to those found in a F-111 fighter jet. It is a visual spectacular unseen in any other form of motor sport that translates well not only to the spectator but to a wider television audience.

On the back of this incredible excitement the world of V8 Jetsprinting is continually growing in popularity around the world. There are tracks and National Championships held in New Zealand, Australia and The United States of America every year.

A typical Jetsprint course is built in an area the size of a football field, consisting of a series of channels 4 to 8 metres wide, with a water depth up to one metre (3 feet).

The boats have a driver and navigator who negotiate the channels in a pre-determined order given to them on race day. The race usually involves 25-30 directional changes in a run that takes less than a minute to complete.

It's the ultimate test of man and machine against the clock, a test where the difference between winning and losing is often within hundredths of a second.

Each competitor has three qualifying runs with the top 16 crews progressing to the 'sudden death' elimination rounds. There are no second chances as the field is halved in each round, reducing from 16 to 8 to 4 down to the two crews who will contest the Final top two shootout.

A typical race route would be; START,10,9,2,3,7,9,8,3,6,5,1,2,3,6,4,3,2,9,7,6,FINSH

The boats are amazing. Likened to putting a drag car engine in your average Aussie aluminium dinghy, the boats themselves are unusual in their design and are built especially for this sport. They are made of aluminium and weigh between 450 and 600 kilograms. With some engines producing up to 1200 horsepower it provides an amazing power to weight ratio virtually unseen in any other motor sport.

Steering is through a rear nozzle which directs the jet unit output. There is no rudder and the boat can only steer when power is applied. Boat jet units have a water throughput of up to 2800 litres per minute. This gives them incredible maneuverability enabling them to turn 180 degree corners at speeds unseen before.

Here are more pix from the May 11th 2008 Round.


Australian V8superboats Jet Sprint Championships - Continental Tyres Superboat Series Maryborough -  Theo Spykers ©  



Stanley - Australian V8superboats Jet Sprint Championships - Continental Tyres Superboat Series Maryborough -  Theo Spykers ©  



2008 Calendar Season

*ALBURY

February Sat 23rd

AUS, NSW & VIC Points

*TEMORA

March Sat 8tth

AUS & NSW Points

GRIFFITH

March Sat 22th

AUS & NSW Points
*CABARITA

April Sun 13th

QLD Points

MELTON

April Sat 26th

VIC Points
*MARYBOROUGH

May Sun 11th

AUS & QLD Points

CABARITA

June Sun 8th

QLD Points

MARYBOROUGH

September Sun 7th

QLD Points

CABARITA

September Sun 21st

AUS & QLD Points

MELTON October Sat 25th AUS & VIC Final
ALBURY November 15th Australian Final, NSW & VIC Final




by Rob Kothe Powerboat-World.com

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=46112

5:19 AM Sun 6 Jul 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Power Boat News















You scratched my seagrass! by Steven Katona, Newport, RI


Join us on Boating Safety Day on 28 September by Roads and Maritime Services,






Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,










Abbot Point onshore disposal by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,










Great Barrier Reef plan released for comment by Queensland Minister for Environment,










Brisbane Boat Show begins *Feature by Jeni Bone,














Brisbane Boat Show starts Friday - biggest in 10 years! *Feature
Marine Auctions adds new recruits
Ministerial advisory group launched by united marine industry sector
2014 Auckland on Water Boat Show: Coming up at the end of September
Australian research sheds light on ocean garbage gyres *Feature
Round the World racer joins Southern Pacific Inflatables
2014 Gold Coast Int'l Marine Expo - Quintrex factory opens its doors
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Pons and Chris win the titles
18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates
Skysol Frame Large: A new shading solution for sunroofs
Mediterranean Grand Prix 2014 - Wins for Victory and Chaudron
Mediterranean Grand Prix, UIM-ABP Tour: Pons claims Runabout GP1 win
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi win race 1
Court judgement a stark reminder about towing safety
Australian Offshore Superboat 2014 - Superboats ready for Redcliffe
Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony
Gosport Grand Prix of the Sea finale to decide P1 champions
Camper & Nicholsons Yachts presents the Sagitta 42
GT15 and GT30 European Championships - Jelf takes to the podium twice
Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions
XCAT Series gets set to conquer another continent in 2015   
Dangerous conditions for boaters on most of NSW coast   
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia   
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Eye on the big picture   
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Powerboat racing heavyweights head to Ibiza   
Mediterranean Grand Prix - World Aquabike stars all set   
Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate   
Powerboat champions gear up for Honda RYA Youth RIB National final   
Andrew Scott joins Superior as General Manager *Feature   
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Fastest Jet Ski ever built   
Best Birthday Party ever at Southport Yacht Club! *Feature   
‘Hall of Fame’ status for Empire Marina *Feature   
Girl power all set for Nottingham powerboat racing action   
Cowes to Torquay Race 2014 - Intense activity in preparation   
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do   
Australian Offshore Superboat Champ - 15 Superboats in Coffs Harbour   
European première for Belize 54 Daybridge at Cannes Yachting Festival   
‘Fish Friendly’ accreditation for Sanctuary Cove Marina   
Plethora of Powerboat racing action this weekend   
Vicsail Boat show Open Day at Rushcutters Bay   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT