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FLYING HIGH: An offshore superboat heads out of Urangan Harbour yesterday at little more than idling speed.
FLYING HIGH: An offshore superboat heads out of Urangan Harbour yesterday at little more than idling speed. Alistair Brightman

BUCKET? Check. Change of underwear? Check. Just enough courage to jump into a high-speed superboat? Check.

I'll be the first to say I'm not much of a thrill seeker.

Just looking at a rollercoaster makes me tremble.

Yet I was just about to be put behind the wheel of one of the fastest boats in Australia.

Two 1050 horsepower racing superboats carved up the waters of the Bay yesterday to promote the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.

The event will be coming to Hervey Bay for the series' final round in September.

One look at these vessels and it's obvious why this competition is attracting a strong Australian fan base.

The signs for my debut were not good.

During the boat ride out to meet the superboat, the water was choppy, the wind was howling and dark clouds hovered above.

I tried my best to put on a brave face but I was terrified.

After a thrilling demonstration by the superboats, my moment of truth arrived.

After anxiously taking in the length of the dual cockpit, 32 foot-long vessel, I knew it was now or never.

This whey-faced, chicken-hearted journalist was ready to be pushed to the extreme until my throttleman, Offshore Superboat Championships competitor Mark Harrison, told me I had to steer.

"Are you serious?" I asked.

"Yeah, well I can't do it from over here," Harrison said.

So I grabbed the steering wheel and my adrenalin-fuelled, high-speed experience had begun.

Even though we weren't allowed to hit the superboat's top speed of about 200kmh, it certainly felt like it.

And after 10 minutes of roaring along the foreshore of Hervey Bay, I was pumped - I didn't want to get out.

It was easily the most exhilarating thing I have done in my life.

Topics:  superboat, superboat race


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