Welcome to the NSW Council of the Australian Power Boat Association website.
The NSW Council has been in existence in its own right since the 1955, although NSW has formed major part of the Australian Power Boat Association since its inception in 1929. The Council consists of member Clubs who oversee the sport in NSW, by giving sanction to member clubs, discussion with rules, Licensing, Sanction/Insurance for race meetings and NSW Championships.
NSW holds the distinction of conducting the one of the oldest trophy currently in existence -
Powerboat racing is an exhilarating sport and caters for all ages and types of people and all types of budgets -
Race meetings are regularly held all over NSW. A majority held in the Sydney area -
To get involved or for information on a Club in your area, please see our "NSW Clubs" section for contact details.
See you at the races
A Brief History of the APBA
Early History of Australian competition in organised powerboat racing appears to have originated from the activities of the “Motor Boat Club” formed in Sydney on the 6th July 1905. Many years later the “Power Boat Association of Australasia” was formed and had its first meeting on the 29th November 1929, at the Royal Motor Yacht Club -
After a spell of seven years, owing to the 1914-
With outboard motors proving popular in the year 1927, the O’Donoghue Brothers presented the Australian Outboard Championship Shield, which was competed for on the Rose Bay course on 28th April 1928 and was won by Mr E A Williams’ “Elto”.
The first race to be conducted under the control of the new Association was the “Eastway Shield” for the Championship of NSW and was held on the 28th February 1931 for which the Association Certificate No. 1 was issued. To encourage a championship for displacement boats, Commodore Stuart Doyle presented the “Stuart Doyle Gold Cup” in 1933. Ernest Griffith who had presented the “Griffith Australasian Cup” and had been Honorary Secretary of the Rose Bay Club for 26 years, died on the 8th March 1935.
The late Mr Griffith was extremely active in the formation of the Australian Power Boat Association and became its first Honorary Secretary. During the 1930's an organisation of seven NSW Clubs formed themselves into an Association to promote State Competition, but after discussion, between this body, known as the NSW Motor Boat Association, joined forces with the Australasian Power Boat
Association during March 1933. Member clubs at the time were Royal Motor Yacht Clubs -
The organisation grew steadily and slowly until the outbreak of war in 1939 when activities were suspended for some years. On the 27th November 1944, the Association Council met and prepared for post-
was held, with some seventy Club Officers and Delegates attending, to launch the new organisation.
The first National Executive consisted of President -
History & Presidents Message
This contribution is from Mark Clifford whose family raced power boats in the 1930's and 1940's.
My late father (92yrs died 2013) Basil (Joe) John Clifford and his late brother John (Tiger, Jack) Vincent Clifford (68yrs died 1993).
They were always racing at Windsor and all over the country.
They were both NSW and Australian champions especially John who wasn't beaten for ten years in the pre war and post war (World War 2).
The class was the mini speed boats with the outboards. (Penta and baby Penta)
I have a quite a few photo's of them racing and would like to know if you would like copies and other details.
As far as I can tell records do exist but are not recorded and a lot of digging has to be done.
If you know of any one that has any details going back to 1935 or earlier can you let me know
A lot of the racing was done at Hen Bay Chicken (Concord area) and the Georges River.
I will be able to supply names, class, boat names and other details.
Just out of interest, I have some information on the Bridge to Bridge in relation to the 1939 record and the breaking of that record in the late 40's.
If you know of any records that go back that far please let Mark know via firstname.lastname@example.org