THERE was only one hiccup at the superboat event this year, when the race was stopped for 15 minutes.

Fraser Coast Opportunities events manager Kim Griffith said water police had to stop the first race on Sunday, which started at 11am, due to wildlife obligation but it quickly resumed after getting the all-clear.

She said the crowd at this year's event was as big as last year's with people crowding all the good spots to watch the race.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell estimated the event attracted 15,000 to 20,000 people.

"According to the police patrolling the area, there were massive crowds from Scarness right through to the Seafront Oval," he said.

"The Hervey Boat club has been phenomenal in supporting this event and said they want to have the naming rights for the event for the next three years, so there's a great expectation that the event, which is in its third year, will come back again next year.

"We're trying to finalise the arrangements for next year and the year after."

Cr O'Connell said it was also a good day for hotels, cafes and restaurants as they reported good trade.

"I've also had a number of great reports from the whale watch operators and cruise boat operators who took guests out for viewing vantage points," he said.

"This was a successful event and it further stamps us as the regional capital for events in Queensland."

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