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Offshore powerboat series to return to Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay

The offshore powerboat series returns to the waters of Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay on February 8.

Round 2 of the series looks set to attract around 15 boats — about the same as last year.

Superboats will be racing along with craft in the 600-, 400-, 300- and 200-horsepower classes.

“We have reconfigured the course this year and the boats will race closer to the beach,” a spokesman said.

“As usual, they'll race two half-hour-long events.”

The competing craft will parade through the central city, as they did last year, before hitting the water.

Offshore powerboats. File pictures