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Key west worlds race no. 1 - dominance carries over, eric colby, sotw: at the first day of competition at the 42nd annual race world offshore key west world championship presented by performance boat center, the winners in virtually every class put on a superior display of dominance, setting the stage for three days of heated competition in the southernmost city in the united states., written by eric colby speedonthewater.com.

At the first day of competition at the 42nd annual Race World Offshore Key West World Championship presented by Performance Boat Center, the winners in virtually every class put on a superior display of dominance, setting the stage for three days of heated competition in the southernmost city in the United States.

By taking the checkered flag in race No. 1, the M CON/Monster Energy cockpit duo of owner/driver Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil moved one step closer to their second consecutive Super Cat world championship. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

By taking the checkered flag in race No. 1, the M CON/Monster Energy cockpit duo of owner/driver Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil moved one step closer to their second consecutive Super Cat world championship. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

While some teams made use of a favorable lane assignment to establish dominance like M CON in Super Cat, GC Racing in 450R Factory Stock and El Bandito Tequila/Sunprint in Mod V, 222 Offshore Australia started in its worst position this season in Class 1 and Jackhammer was in the outermost lane in Super Stock.

When the green flag flew for the Super Cat race, owner/throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil leapt to the lead in their Skater Powerboats 388 M CON/Monster Energy from lane two. Making the most of their cameo appearance in the class for 2023, the father-son team of Anthony Smith and Anthony Smith, Jr., in their 388 Skater, HP Mafia, drew lane one and held second place for the first seven laps of the race until they had to pull off the course to extinguish a fire.

That left the door open for owner/driver Chris Grant and throttleman Billy Moore to move up to second place in their 388 Skater, Graydel, after they got around another 38-foot Skater, CR Racing/XINSURANCE with driver Rob Unnerstall and throttleman Casey Boaz. The largest boat in the class, the 40-foot Skater, WHM Motorsports, with owner/driver Billy Mauff and throttleman Jay Muller, finished in fourth, and the new in-cockpit duo of throttleman Bill Pyburn and driver Brit Lilly ran a solid fifth in the 388 Skater, Dirty Money.

When the results were tallied, Graydel was penalized for hitting a buoy and dropped to 8th place. That moved CR Racing/XINSURANCE up to second and WHM to third.

Running to the first turn from the start, Graydel and Dirty Money were literally rubbing. “It was bumper cars out there,” Grant said. Once the two separated, Graydel started its march toward the front while Pyburn and Lilly learned how to work with each other in their first race in the boat.

For the winners, Miller said his team nailed the setup and that his boat was “super happy.” The always enthusiast Kansas native added, “I’m just so excited for the entire class. We had 11 boats running into turn No.1.”

In the end, three Skaters took the Super Cat podium for the Truman Waterfront Championship in the daily competition for Race World Offshore honors. Seventy five teams were registered for the competition and there was only one scratch after a heavy day of testing on Tuesday. As has usually been the case, the teams raced for half points on Wednesday, which they will do again on Friday and full points will be awarded Sunday. The boats with the largest point totals will win the 2023 world championship.

For the first time in two years, the teams from the Class 1 class competed in Key West and five of the six boats that made the circuit in 2023 were on hand.

When the green flag flew, the 438 Skater Monster Energy/M CON with throttleman Miller and driver Coil, roared to the lead with throttleman Billy Moore and owner/driver Mike Falco in second in the 48-foot Outerlimits, DeFalco Racing.

As the six boats all jockeyed for position coming into turn three in Key West Harbor, the 43-foot MTI, XINSURANCE, with driver Randy Kent and Grant Bruggemann blew over, creating a red flag after the boat came to rest upside down. The in-boat crew escaped the incident without injury.

“It’s a dangerous sport,” Bruggemann said. “Thanks to Randy Scism and the guys at MTI for building a safe cockpit.”

After the course was cleared and the race was restarted, even though they were in lane four at the start—their farthest from the pole position this season—driver Darren Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella blasted to the lead in their 47-foot Victory, 222 Offshore Australia. Moore and Falco gave chase and held second without much of a challenge while Monster Energy/M CON grabbed the final podium spot. Rich Wyatt and driver Hugh Fuller had to pull off to deal with a mechanical problem in the 50-foot Mystic, df Young Logistics, but got restarted to finish fourth. The 49-foot Victory, Pothole Heroes, pulled off with a broken sea strainer and as crew chief Gary Stray and throttleman John Tomlinson were looking at the strainer cap in the pits afterward, each said they had never seen one break like that. Think about that one for a minute.

Darren Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella in 222 Offshore Australia picked right where they off at the St. Pete Grand Prix in early September.

Darren Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella in 222 Offshore Australia picked right where they off at the St. Pete Grand Prix in early September.

Moore was happy with second place in Class 1, saying that he ran some different props to get the boat to fly the nose a little more. “We tried a couple things I did 15 years ago to make it handle better,” he said.

Having experience to call on never hurts.

Miller said that he missed the restart by a second, adding, “Once you do that it’s over.”

Speaking of experience, Carpitella spent five years throttling the boat that is now 222 Offshore Australia with driver Luca Fendi when it was powered by twin Lamborghini engines. “I know the props it likes,” Carpitella said. “It’s important to know the setup.”

Impressive Performances

Also on the course with the Class 1 boats were the eight single-engine V-bottoms in Mod-V and the reigning national champions throttleman Steve Miklos and driver Steven Fehrmann in the 29-foot Extreme, El Bandito/Sunprint, emerged from the chaos in turn one with the lead on the 4.5-mile course.

“We got hit from behind but it’s still race-able,” said Miklos, who was able to maintain their lead over Brit Lilly and throttleman Jay Wholtman in their 29-foot LSB Extreme, Rev-X LSB/Speed Marine, and the father-son team of throttleman Steve Kildahl and driver Steven Kildahl, in their 29-foot Extreme, Boatfloater.com. The 30-foot Laticrete/Relentless with driver Chris Uzzolina and throttleman Rob Hartmann ran a close fourth.

On the fourth lap of the race, Rev-X LSB pulled off with a mechanical problem and the boats that were running behind moved up to the podium and held their position for the duration of the seven-lap race. El Bandito/Sunprint grabbed top honors followed by Boatfloater.com, with Steve Kildahl participating in his 38th world championship in Key West, and by Laticrete/Relentless.

In the weeks before the Race World Offshore Key West event, 2023 Mod-V national champions Steve Miklos and driver Steven Fehrmann weren’t sure if they’d be able to make it to Key West. Yesterday’s first-place finish definitely made it worth the trip.

In the weeks before the Race World Offshore Key West event, 2023 Mod-V national champions Steve Miklos and driver Steven Fehrmann weren’t sure if they’d be able to make it to Key West. Yesterday’s first-place finish definitely made it worth the trip.

Travis Petko, the owner of the Laticrete/Relentless boat couldn’t be in Key West because of a scheduling conflict, so Uzzolina and Hartmann reunited a year after last racing in this event.

“Travis was a class-act owner letting us run the boat,” Hartmann said. “And Laticrete is excited to be here. Everyone is happy with third.”

Next up was the 450R Factory Stock boats plus the three entries in VX class and the lone boat in Extreme 1.

In the 450R race, owner/driver Willy Cabeza brought in Shaun Torrente to throttle his 39-foot MTI, GC Racing, and they made the best of lane two, jumping out to an early lead. Having their best performance of the year, throttleman Nick Imprescia and driver Ian Morgan ran second in their 39-foot MTI, 151 Express, followed by the 38-foot Doug Wright, Hank’s Saloon with throttleman Edwin Scheer and Key West’s own Lee Murray on the wheel.

As the race wore on, the defending world and national champions—throttleman John Tomlinson and driver Taylor Scism in the TS Motorsports MTI—started working their way up through the fleet after starting in the outermost lane. “Once we got clean water, we mowed everybody down,” Tomlinson said.

In the first 450R Factory Stock race as teammates, Shaun Torrente and Willy Cabeza emerged victorious.

In the first 450R Factory Stock race as teammates, Shaun Torrente and Willy Cabeza emerged victorious.

But in the end, they ran out of laps and GC Racing took the win followed by 151 Express and TS Motorsports.

“It made a big difference,” Cabeza said of having Torrente in the boat. “He really knows the telemetry and how to make the most of it.”

Imprescia said he and Morgan had been down on speed for much of the season, but finally had their boat at the peak of its abilities.

In the ultimate battle of attrition, all of the boats in the V Extreme class had their share of mechanical problems, but soldiered on. Unofficially, the 42-foot Fountain Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims with driver Christian McCauley and throttleman Jay Healey, outlasted their competition. Second went to driver Kirk Britto and throttleman Robert Brockyear of the United Kingdom in the 42-foot Fountain, Team 25, while the 40-foot Skater, Race Winning Brands, with driver Ed Wendt and throttleman Bill McComb, finished third.

The V Extrreme class was a battle of attrition that saw Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims prevail.

The V Extrreme class was a battle of attrition that saw Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims prevail.

In Extreme class, owner/driver Jeff Stevenson and throttleman Michael Stancombe put on an impressive speed display in the 42-foot MTI, JBS Racing, powered by XVI power engines.

Lanes Don’t Matter

In the penultimate race of the day, 11 boats took to the course for the Super Stock race and the team of owner Reese Langheim and throttleman Julian Maldonado had the worst position they could be in at the start, lane 11.

It didn’t matter because the duo in the 32-foot Victory, Jackhammer, charged to a lead they would never relinquish.

Jackhammer’s Reese Langheim and Julian Maldonado started their week in Key West with a decisive victory.

Jackhammer’s Reese Langheim and Julian Maldonado started their week in Key West with a decisive victory.

Behind them, a torrid battle was waged and in the end, the 32-foot Doug Wright, Northwing, with owner/driver Darren Kittredge and throttleman Boaz, finished second followed by owner/driver Chris Hopgood and throttleman Jay Muller in Celsius in third. Team Bermuda remans in overall contention with a four-place finish followed by Big East Construction in fifth.

“We’re just awesome together,” Langheim said of his partner Maldonado. “You could put us in a racecar together.”

Kittredge said the balance on his boat was “perfect” and that the setup was “dead on.”

Hopgood was pleased with his second experience in the boat with Muller. “We got through turn one and we were able to start picking away,” he said. “This was my first podium in two years.”

Setting the Stage

The racing started at 10 a.m. with 30 boats in the bracket classes taking to the course. In the first start, the boats in Bracket 200, 300 and 400 led the way followed by a pack of competitors in Bracket 500, 600 and 700.

In Bracket 200, the 41-foot Apache, Predator, with owner/driver Dean Stahlman, throttleman Nate Hunt and first-time navigator Matt Patroski, prevailed over the 44-foot MTI, Batman Racing, with driver Elliot Toth and throttleman Jack Mueller. The new 39-foot Phantom, Justice League, with driver Don Urfer, throttleman Richard Davis and navigator Corey Shantry, showed speed early, but pulled off with a mechanical issue. The 38-foot Fountain, Herbott Racing, unofficially finished third.

Even in relatively calm water, the Bracket 700 class never fails to put on a great show.

Even in relatively calm water, the Bracket 700 class never fails to put on a great show.

In Bracket 400, Jim Simmons and driver Jason Zolecki continued to dominate in the 34-foot Phantom, Simmons Racing. Eventually, Simmons is going to run out of space for checkered flag decals on the boat that formerly ran as Twisted Styx in Factory 2 class. Second in the class went to Jesse Schmig and Brad Wade in the 29-foot Lavey Craft, Team Woody, followed by the 30-foot Phantom, Allied Offshore, with first-time driver Jake Nicks and throttleman Mark Fernandez. The boat ran previously as Shocker in the Mod-V class.

“We were wondering where everyone went,” said Simmons after the team pulled out to the lead.

In the second start of the first race of the day, the boats in Bracket 500, 600 and 700 took off. In Bracket 700, the 21-foot Superboat, Statement Marine Safe Cash, took unofficial top honors, followed by the 21-foot Superboat, Jackhammer, and the 22 Nitra, XINSURANCE/Golf N Gator.

In Bracket 500, the 29-foot Manta, Sweat Equity, with owner/throttleman Greg DiRenzo, driver Jeremy Bisson and first-time navigator Angie Pierce, took the checkered flag after some breakouts and a reminder of the fact that offshore powerboat racing is a motorsport and can, in fact, be dangerous.

“It was bad-ass,” Pierce said of her first race.

But apparently Sweat Equity broke out. As of this morning, the official results on the Race World Offshore website had Bulletproof in first, Sweat Equity in second and Bronx Phantom/Marker 1 Marine in third.

Unfortunately as the Bracket 500 race was winding down, the 26-foot Joker, Freebird, with the young up-and-coming team of throttleman Ryan Stahlman and driver Reef Delanos was battling with the team of throttleman Micheal Stancombe and driver J.J. Turk in the 30-foot Phantom, XINSURANCE /Golf N Gator. Speedonthewater.com has been told that one boat hooked and the two boats collided. Delanos was treated in a Key West hospital and released. Out of respect for the Stahlman family, we are only reporting that Stahlman was injured and taken to Miami for further medical treatment.

Always a crowd-pleaser, the JBS Racing team of Jeff Stevenson and Micheal Stancombe ran uncontested in the Extreme class.

Always a crowd-pleaser, the JBS Racing team of Jeff Stevenson and Micheal Stancombe ran uncontested in the Extreme class.

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Key West Worlds Day No. 1—Dominance Carries Over

At the first day of competition at the 42nd annual Race World Offshore Key West World Championship presented by Performance Boat Center , the winners in virtually every class put on a superior display of dominance, setting the stage for three days of heated competition in the southernmost city in the United States.

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By taking the checkered flag in race No. 1, the M CON/Monster Energy cockpit duo of owner/driver Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil moved one step closer to their second consecutive Super Cat world championship. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

While some teams made use of a favorable lane assignment to establish dominance like M CON in Super Cat, GC Racing in 450R Factory Stock and El Bandito Tequila/Sunprint in Mod V, 222 Offshore Australia started in its worst position this season in Class 1 and Jackhammer was in the outermost lane in Super Stock.

When the green flag flew for the Super Cat race, owner/throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil leapt to the lead in their Skater Powerboats 388 M CON/Monster Energy from lane two. Making the most of their cameo appearance in the class for 2023, the father-son team of Anthony Smith and Anthony Smith, Jr., in their 388 Skater, HP Mafia , drew lane one and held second place for the first seven laps of the race until they had to pull off the course to extinguish a fire.

That left the door open for owner/driver Chris Grant and throttleman Billy Moore to move up to second place in their 388 Skater, Graydel , after they got around another 38-foot Skater, CR Racing/XINSURANCE with driver Rob Unnerstall and throttleman Casey Boaz. The largest boat in the class, the 40-foot Skater, WHM Motorsports , with owner/driver Billy Mauff and throttleman Jay Muller, finished in fourth, and the new in-cockpit duo of throttleman Bill Pyburn and driver Brit Lilly ran a solid fifth in the 388 Skater, Dirty Money.

powerboat racing nose dive

When the results were tallied, Graydel was penalized for hitting a buoy and dropped to 8 th place. That moved CR Racing/XINSURANCE up to second and WHM to third.

Running to the first turn from the start, Graydel and Dirty Money were literally rubbing. “It was bumper cars out there,” Grant said. Once the two separated, Graydel started its march toward the front while Pyburn and Lilly learned how to work with each other in their first race in the boat.

For the winners, Miller said his team nailed the setup and that his boat was “super happy.” The always enthusiast Kansas native added, “I’m just so excited for the entire class. We had 11 boats running into turn No.1.”

powerboat racing nose dive

Enjoy more Spec-class action from the first day of the Key West World Championship in the slideshow above.

In the end, three Skaters took the Super Cat podium for the Truman Waterfront Championship in the daily competition for Race World Offshore honors. Seventy five teams were registered for the competition and there was only one scratch after a heavy day of testing on Tuesday. As has usually been the case, the teams raced for half points on Wednesday, which they will do again on Friday and full points will be awarded Sunday. The boats with the largest point totals will win the 2023 world championship.

For the first time in two years, the teams from the Class 1 class competed in Key West and five of the six boats that made the circuit in 2023 were on hand.

When the green flag flew, the 438 Skater Monster Energy/M CON with throttleman Miller and driver Coil, roared to the lead with throttleman Billy Moore and owner/driver Mike Falco in second in the 48-foot Outerlimits, DeFalco Racing .

As the six boats all jockeyed for position coming into turn three in Key West Harbor, the 43-foot MTI , XINSURANCE , with driver Randy Kent and Grant Bruggemann blew over, creating a red flag after the boat came to rest upside down. The in-boat crew escaped the incident without injury.

“It’s a dangerous sport,” Bruggemann said. “Thanks to Randy Scism and the guys at MTI for building a safe cockpit.”

After the course was cleared and the race was restarted, even though they were in lane four at the start—their farthest from the pole position this season—driver Darren Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella blasted to the lead in their 47-foot Victory, 222 Offshore Australia. Moore and Falco gave chase and held second without much of a challenge while Monster Energy/M CON grabbed the final podium spot. Rich Wyatt and driver Hugh Fuller had to pull off to deal with a mechanical problem in the 50-foot Mystic, df Young Logistics , but got restarted to finish fourth. The 49-foot Victory, Pothole Heroes , pulled off with a broken sea strainer and as crew chief Gary Stray and throttleman John Tomlinson were looking at the strainer cap in the pits afterward, each said they had never seen one break like that. Think about that one for a minute.

Moore was happy with second place in Class 1, saying that he ran some different props to get the boat to fly the nose a little more. “We tried a couple things I did 15 years ago to make it handle better,” he said.

powerboat racing nose dive

Darren Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella in 222 Offshore Australia picked right where they off at the St. Pete Grand Prix in early September.

Having experience to call on never hurts.

Miller said that he missed the restart by a second, adding, “Once you do that it’s over.”

Speaking of experience, Carpitella spent five years throttling the boat that is now 222 Offshore Australia with driver Luca Fendi when it was powered by twin Lamborghini engines. “I know the props it likes,” Carpitella said. “It’s important to know the setup.”

Impressive Performances Also on the course with the Class 1 boats were the eight single-engine V-bottoms in Mod-V and the reigning national champions throttleman Steve Miklos and driver Steven Fehrmann in the 29-foot Extreme, El Bandito/Sunprint, emerged from the chaos in turn one with the lead on the 4.5-mile course.

“We got hit from behind but it’s still race-able,” said Miklos, who was able to maintain their lead over Brit Lilly and throttleman Jay Wholtman in their 29-foot LSB Extreme, Rev-X LSB/Speed Marine, and the father-son team of throttleman Steve Kildahl and driver Steven Kildahl, in their 29-foot Extreme, Boatfloater.com. The 30-foot Laticrete/Relentless with driver Chris Uzzolina and throttleman Rob Hartmann ran a close fourth.

On the fourth lap of the race, Rev-X LSB pulled off with a mechanical problem and the boats that were running behind moved up to the podium and held their position for the duration of the seven-lap race. El Bandito/Sunprint grabbed top honors followed by Boatfloater.com, with Steve Kildahl participating in his 38th world championship in Key West, and by Laticrete/Relentless.

powerboat racing nose dive

In the weeks before the Race World Offshore Key West event, 2023 Mod-V national champions Steve Miklos and driver Steven Fehrmann weren’t sure if they’d be able to make it to Key West. Yesterday’s first-place finish definitely made it worth the trip.

Travis Petko, the owner of the Laticrete/Relentless boat couldn’t be in Key West because of a scheduling conflict, so Uzzolina and Hartmann reunited a year after last racing in this event.

“Travis was a class-act owner letting us run the boat,” Hartmann said. “And Laticrete is excited to be here. Everyone is happy with third.”

Next up was the 450R Factory Stock boats plus the three entries in VX class and the lone boat in Extreme 1.

In the 450R race, owner/driver Willy Cabeza brought in Shaun Torrente to throttle his 39-foot MTI, GC Racing, and they made the best of lane two, jumping out to an early lead. Having their best performance of the year, throttleman Nick Imprescia and driver Ian Morgan ran second in their 39-foot MTI, 151 Express, followed by the 38-foot Doug Wright, Hank’s Saloon with throttleman Edwin Scheer and Key West’s own Lee Murray on the wheel.

As the race wore on, the defending world and national champions—throttleman John Tomlinson and driver Taylor Scism in the TS Motorsports MTI—started working their way up through the fleet after starting in the outermost lane. “Once we got clean water, we mowed everybody down,” Tomlinson said.

powerboat racing nose dive

In the first 450R Factory Stock race as teammates, Shaun Torrente and Willy Cabeza emerged victorious.

But in the end, they ran out of laps and GC Racing took the win followed by 151 Express and TS Motorsports .

“It made a big difference,” Cabeza said of having Torrente in the boat. “He really knows the telemetry and how to make the most of it.”

Imprescia said he and Morgan had been down on speed for much of the season, but finally had their boat at the peak of its abilities.

In the ultimate battle of attrition, all of the boats in the V Extreme class had their share of mechanical problems, but soldiered on. Unofficially, the 42-foot Fountain Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims with driver Christian McCauley and throttleman Jay Healey, outlasted their competition. Second went to driver Kirk Britto and throttleman Robert Brockyear of the United Kingdom in the 42-foot Fountain, Team 25 , while the 40-foot Skater, Race Winning Brands , with driver Ed Wendt and throttleman Bill McComb, finished third.

powerboat racing nose dive

The V Extrreme class was a battle of attrition that saw Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims prevail.

In Extreme class, owner/driver Jeff Stevenson and throttleman Michael Stancombe put on an impressive speed display in the 42-foot MTI, JBS Racing , powered by XVI power engines.

Lanes Don’t Matter In the penultimate race of the day, 11 boats took to the course for the Super Stock race and the team of owner Reese Langheim and throttleman Julian Maldonado had the worst position they could be in at the start, lane 11.

It didn’t matter because the duo in the 32-foot Victory, Jackhammer , charged to a lead they would never relinquish.

powerboat racing nose dive

Jackhammer’s Reese Langheim and Julian Maldonado started their week in Key West with a decisive victory.

Behind them, a torrid battle was waged and in the end, the 32-foot Doug Wright, Northwing , with owner/driver Darren Kittredge and throttleman Boaz, finished second followed by owner/driver Chris Hopgood and throttleman Jay Muller in Celsius in third. Team Bermuda remans in overall contention with a four-place finish followed by Big East Construction in fifth.

“We’re just awesome together,” Langheim said of his partner Maldonado. “You could put us in a racecar together.”

Kittredge said the balance on his boat was “perfect” and that the setup was “dead on.”

Hopgood was pleased with his second experience in the boat with Muller. “We got through turn one and we were able to start picking away,” he said. “This was my first podium in two years.”

Setting the Stage The racing started at 10 a.m. with 30 boats in the bracket classes taking to the course. In the first start, the boats in Bracket 200, 300 and 400 led the way followed by a pack of competitors in Bracket 500, 600 and 700.

In Bracket 200, the 41-foot Apache, Predator, with owner/driver Dean Stahlman, throttleman Nate Hunt and first-time navigator Matt Piotrowski, prevailed over the 44-foot MTI, Batman Racing, with driver Elliot Toth and throttleman Jack Mueller. The new 39-foot Phantom, Justice League, with driver Don Urfer, throttleman Richard Davis and navigator Corey Shantry, showed speed early, but pulled off with a mechanical issue. The 38-foot Fountain, Herbott Racing , unofficially finished third.

powerboat racing nose dive

Even in relatively calm water, the Bracket 700 class never fails to put on a great show.

In Bracket 400, Jim Simmons and driver Jason Zolecki continued to dominate in the 34-foot Phantom, Simmons Racing. Eventually, Simmons is going to run out of space for checkered flag decals on the boat that formerly ran as Twisted Styx in Factory 2 class. Second in the class went to Jesse Schmig and Brad Wade in the 29-foot Lavey Craft, Team Woody, followed by the 30-foot Phantom, Allied Offshore, with first-time driver Jake Nicks and throttleman Mark Fernandez. The boat ran previously as Shocker in the Mod-V class.

“We were wondering where everyone went,” said Simmons after the team pulled out to the lead.

In the second start of the first race of the day, the boats in Bracket 500, 600 and 700 took off. In Bracket 700, the 21-foot Superboat, Statement Marine Safe Cash , took unofficial top honors, followed by the 21-foot Superboat, Jackhammer , and the 22 Nitra, XINSURANCE/Golf N Gator.

powerboat racing nose dive

Enjoy more Spec-class action from the first day of the Key West Worlds in the slideshow above.

In Bracket 500, the 29-foot Manta , Sweat Equity , with owner/throttleman Greg DiRenzo, driver Jeremy Bisson and first-time navigator Angie Pierce, took the checkered flag after some breakouts and a reminder of the fact that offshore powerboat racing is a motorsport and can, in fact, be dangerous.

“It was bad-ass,” Pierce said of her first race.

But apparently Sweat Equity broke out. As of this morning, the official results on the Race World Offshore website had Bulletproof in first , Sweat Equity in second and Bronx Phantom/Marker 1 Marine in third.

Unfortunately as the Bracket 500 race was winding down, the 26-foot Joker, Freebird , with the young up-and-coming team of throttleman Ryan Stahlman and driver Reef Delanos was battling with the team of throttleman Micheal Stancombe and driver J.J. Turk in the 30-foot Phantom, XINSURANCE /Golf N Gator . Speedonthewater.com has been told that one boat hooked and the two boats collided. Delanos was treated in a Key West hospital and released. Out of respect for the Stahlman family, we are only reporting that Stahlman was injured and taken to Miami for further medical treatment.

powerboat racing nose dive

Always a crowd-pleaser, the JBS Racing team of Jeff Stevenson and Micheal Stancombe ran uncontested in the Extreme class.

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COWES TORQUAY COWES

A Legendary Offshore Challenge for the Passionate and Fearless

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race, a British classic and an icon in the world of offshore powerboat racing, has been thrilling fans and participants alike since its inception in 1961. Organized by the renowned British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC), this prestigious event pushes the limits of both man and machine as teams battle it out across the unforgiving waters of the English Channel.

The race covers a daunting 190-mile (306-kilometer) course, starting from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, then traversing along the southern coast of England to the picturesque harbor of Torquay, before returning to Cowes. It demands precision, skill, and relentless determination from its competitors, who come from various countries and represent diverse boat classes.

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Race is not for the faint-hearted; it tests the resolve of crews and the capabilities of their powerboats. To withstand the grueling conditions, the boats are often designed with cutting-edge technology, incorporating advanced materials and innovative engineering solutions. These high-performance vessels are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 125 mph (200 km/h), making them the ultimate offshore machines.

The race attracts a wide array of competitors, ranging from seasoned professionals to ambitious amateurs, all vying for the honor of claiming prestigious trophies such as the Harmsworth Trophy, the Martini Trophy, or the Marathon Class Cup. Additionally, the race is part of the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) Offshore Championship, which further elevates its status within the global powerboat racing community.

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race is more than just a test of speed and endurance; it also showcases the spirit of camaraderie among racers and the shared passion for the sport. This event, steeped in tradition and adrenaline, continues to captivate the hearts of powerboat enthusiasts and inspires the next generation of offshore racers.

In conclusion, the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race stands as a testament to the unyielding pursuit of excellence in offshore racing. It is a celebration of human determination, technological innovation, and the unbreakable bond that connects all those who dare to challenge the mighty waves of the English Channel.

The Long Road to Victory at Cowes Torquay Cowes and the Development of the Perfect Racing Machine:

Drew Langdon competed a total of 20 times in the legendary waters of Cowes Torquay Cowes, with 16 attempts under his belt before finally achieving his first victories. His journey to success was marked by determination, passion, and the relentless pursuit of the perfect racing machine. After triumphing for the first time in 2018, Drew managed to win the prestigious race a total of four times – in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. This impressive success was the result of years of effort and those 16 initial attempts, during which he tried various boats to find the ideal balance of speed and stability. His dedication and tenacity paid off, with 20 total race participations making his accomplishments even more remarkable.

Drew began his search for the perfect racing machine with a 23-foot Oke Mannerfelt RIB with a 200hp Mercury V6 outboard in his first Cowes Torquay Cowes entry in 2001.

He then progressed to a Scorpion 25-foot boat with two Mercury V6 150hp in 2002.

His third vessel was a 10-meter Buzzi RIB with two Mercury V6 300HP engines, named BuzziBullet.

Next, he moved on to a FB 40 SuperSport open with two Cummins QSB 480 hp diesel

As the fifth boat, he tried a 40-foot Fabio Buzzi with a canopy and two Seatek 660hp diesels.

After that, he switched to a 42-foot Fountain Evolution with two Sterling 750hp engines, another top-tier racing boat that offered its own advantages in terms of speed and handling.

Finally, Drew found the key to success with the impressive Outerlimits SV43 with two mercury racing 1075hp supercharged engines, a boat that combined the best features of its predecessors and allowed him to fully utilize his skills. In a breathtaking interplay of adrenaline, speed, and the power of the waves, Drew raced across the sea with his perfectly tuned Outerlimits SV43, securing his place in the history of Cowes Torquay Cowes

His determination and dedication to powerboat racing are testament to the fact that success is often the result of adaptability, perseverance, and tireless effort. Drew Langdon’s exciting successes leave no doubt that he is a true master of his craft and his name will continue to shine in powerboat racing.

The quality of the boats he experimented with over the years will always be remembered as an important part of his success story. The ability to adapt to different racing conditions and boat types demonstrates Langdon’s masterful control and technical prowess. Each success he achieves is the result of hard work, intense preparation, and a willingness to constantly refine his technique and knowledge. This relentless progress has made him a true champion and promises an even more exciting future in powerboat racing.

Drew Langdon’s impressive career shows that success in powerboat racing is a combination of talent, dedication, and the ability to consistently get the best out of oneself and the resources available. With numerous titles and records to his name, Drew has already proven that he is one of the best powerboat racers in the world.

Drew’s ambition continues to soar, as he sets his sights on breaking his own Cowes Torquay Cowes Time Record. In 2021, he achieved a remarkable milestone by securing the course record with a blazing time of 2 hours and 25 minutes, maintaining an astounding average speed of 94.7 mph. Now, driven by his unrelenting passion since childhood, the unwavering support of his family and dedicated team, and his determination and talent, Drew aims to surpass his own impressive achievement.

THE RACE COURSE

The race starts in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and heads westward to the Needles, a series of chalk cliffs that mark the westernmost point of the island. The boats then turn south and follow the coast of Dorset, passing through Lyme Bay and eventually arriving at Torquay in Devon. From there, the boats turn around and head back to Cowes, completing a total distance of 200 nautical miles

The route takes the participants through some of the most beautiful and challenging waters along the south coast of England. The boats have to navigate through rough seas, strong winds, and unpredictable weather conditions, making the race a true test of skill and endurance.

The course also takes the boats past several notable landmarks and locations, including:

  • The Needles, a series of chalk cliffs that are a prominent feature of the western tip of the Isle of Wight.
  • Portland Bill, a narrow promontory on the coast of Dorset that is notorious for its strong tides and currents.
  • Lyme Bay, a large bay on the south coast of England that is known for its rough seas and challenging conditions.
  • Start Point, a rocky headland on the south coast of Devon that marks the start of the English Channel.
  • Berry Head, a prominent headland on the coast of Devon that offers stunning views of the surrounding coastline.

we can say the course of the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race is a challenging and exciting route that takes the participants through some of the most beautiful and demanding waters along the south coast of England.

THE HISTORY OF THE RACE

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes (CTC) Powerboat Race has a long and storied history, dating back to its inception in 1961. The race was the brainchild of Sir Max Aitken, a British newspaper magnate and powerboat enthusiast who suggested to the Royal Yacht Squadron that a race be held from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Torquay in Devon and back.

The first CTC race was held on September 23, 1961, and it attracted a field of seven boats. The race was won by Tommy Sopwith and his co-driver Peter Du Cane, who completed the course in their boat “Thunderbolt” in a time of 4 hours and 5 minutes.

The success of the first CTC race led to the establishment of the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC), which was responsible for organizing and promoting the race in the years that followed. The BPRC worked to build the profile of the race, and by the mid-1960s, the CTC race had become one of the most prestigious and challenging powerboat races in the world.

Over the years, the CTC race has seen some memorable moments. In 1972, the race was cancelled due to rough seas, and in 1978, only two boats finished due to extremely challenging conditions. In 2003, the CTC race was cancelled due to the Iraq War, and it was not held again until 2008.

Despite these challenges, the CTC race has continued to attract some of the best powerboat racers from around the world. The race has evolved over the years, with changes to the rules, the introduction of different classes of boats, and the addition of new technology and safety measures.

Today, the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race remains one of the most prestigious and challenging powerboat races in the world. The race attracts thousands of fans and spectators every year, and it is considered a true test of skill, endurance, and technological innovation. The history of the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race is a testament to the resilience, determination, and passion of powerboat enthusiasts around the world. It is a race that has evolved and adapted over the years, but one that remains true to its roots and continues to captivate and inspire powerboat enthusiasts everywhere

THE TROPHIES

THE COWES-TORQUAY-COWES POWERBOAT RACE IS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AND CHALLENGING POWERBOAT RACES IN THE WORLD, BUT IT ALSO FEATURES SEVERAL COVETED TROPHIES THAT ARE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS OF THE RACE.

The esteemed Beaverbrook Trophy represents the pinnacle of success in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race, as it is awarded to the event’s victors. This highly coveted trophy epitomizes the dedication, skill, and passion required to excel in the competitive world of powerboat racing.Drew Langdon and his team take immense pride in having captured the prestigious Beaverbrook Trophy on four occasions. These triumphs reflect the unwavering commitment to excellence, as well as the ability to continually adapt and evolve in this challenging sport, demonstrated by both Langdon and his team members. Their success in securing the Beaverbrook Trophy serves as a testament to the hard work, determination, and expertise of the entire team.

The Montagu Trophy is a distinguished award in powerboat racing, presented to the boat that completes the race with the fastest average speed. Named in honor of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, a prominent figure in the early days of powerboat racing, this trophy has become a symbol of exceptional performance and skill.Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, a British Conservative politician and the founder of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, played a significant role in the development of powerboat racing. The Montagu Trophy serves as a tribute to his contributions to the sport and honors the achievements of those who excel in this thrilling and demanding competition.

The BPRC International Trophy is a prestigious award in powerboat racing, specifically associated with the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race. This trophy is presented to the winner of the race in the International Class, which consists of competitors from various countries, adding an extra layer of excitement and challenge to the event. Crafted from silver, the BPRC International Trophy features a beautifully designed figure of a powerboat on top, highlighting the connection to the sport and the skill required to achieve victory. Winning this trophy is a significant accomplishment for any team, as it showcases their ability to compete at an international level and stand out among a diverse group of participants.

The prestigious Harmsworth Trophy, awarded to the boat that sets the fastest time in the race, has a rich history dating back to its inception in 1903. Named after newspaper magnate Sir Alfred Harmsworth, this trophy has become a symbol of excellence in powerboat racing. The Harmsworth Trophy was last awarded in 2018 as part of a series of races culminating in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes event. We were honored to have won this distinguished trophy then, and as it has not been used since, it highlights the rarity and significance of this award. The Harmsworth Trophy is not frequently awarded, making our victory even more remarkable and memorable, as it is unlikely that we will have such an opportunity again.

EACH OF THESE TROPHIES HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE IN THE WORLD OF POWERBOAT RACING. THEY REPRESENT THE SKILL, DETERMINATION, AND DEDICATION OF THE PARTICIPANTS AND SERVE AS A TESTAMENT TO THE RICH HISTORY AND TRADITION OF THE COWES-TORQUAY-COWES POWERBOAT RACE.

Women in Offshore Powerboat Racing: Pioneers and Inspirations at the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Race and the British Powerboat Racing Club

Over the years, women have made significant contributions to offshore powerboat racing, particularly in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race. Their determination and passion have turned them into pioneers and role models, paving the way for future generations of female racers.A standout figure in the history of the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race is Lady Violet Aitken, the wife of Sir Max Aitken, the founder of the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) and the race itself. Lady Violet was an enthusiastic supporter and active participant in powerboat racing. Her involvement and presence have helped the sport grow over the years and have made the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race one of the most well-known and prestigious races in offshore powerboat racing.

Betty Cook was another significant woman in offshore powerboat racing. The British racer and businesswoman won several races in the 1970s and 1980s, including the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race. Cook was the first woman to be inducted into the Offshore Racing Hall of Fame and is considered a pioneer for women in offshore racing.These and many other women have enriched the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race and the British Powerboat Racing Club, contributing to the sport’s further development through their determination, skills, and passion. Their accomplishments and dedication also encourage other women to participate in offshore racing events and inspire the next generation of female offshore racers. The history of women in offshore powerboat racing, particularly in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race and the British Powerboat Racing Club, demonstrates that they can be successful in a male-dominated environment. Their contributions to the sport are a testament to their pioneering spirit and their ability to drive change and pave the way for future generations of female racers.

THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Isle of Wight is a stunningly beautiful location, with rolling hills, scenic coastlines, and picturesque villages. It is a popular destination for tourists, who come to enjoy the many outdoor activities available on the island, including hiking, cycling, and water sports.

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race is just one of many exciting events that take place on the island throughout the year. The race attracts competitors from around the world, who come to test their skills and endurance on the challenging 190-nautical mile course. The race begins in Cowes, on the northern tip of the island, and takes competitors across the English Channel to Torquay, on the south coast of England, before returning to Cowes. The course is known for its difficult conditions, including strong currents, changing tides, and challenging sea states, making it a true test of skill and endurance for even the most experienced powerboat racers.

In addition to the excitement of the race itself, visitors to the Isle of Wight can also experience the island’s unique culture and heritage. The local cuisine is a highlight, with fresh seafood, locally produced cheese and wine, and other regional specialties available throughout the island. Visitors can also explore the many historic sites on the island, including Osborne House, the former summer residence of Queen Victoria, and Carisbrooke Castle, a medieval fortress that played a key role in English history.

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race and the Isle of Wight offer a truly unique and unforgettable combination of natural beauty, culture, and thrilling sporting action. Whether you’re a powerboat racing enthusiast or simply looking to experience the best that the south coast of England has to offer, the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race and the Isle of Wight are not to be missed.

DISCOVERING THE COASTLINE FROM COWES TO TORQUAY

Along the coastline between the Isle of Wight and Torquay lies an impressive and diverse landscape, offering both historical and natural beauty. This majestic backdrop for the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race adds an extra dimension of fascination to the event.

From the Solent, the picturesque waterway between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland, the course leads along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its breathtaking cliffs and fossils. The cliffs rise like ancient guardians over the sea, telling stories of bygone times and geological wonders.

Further west lie the golden sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole, a paradise for sun-worshippers and water sports enthusiasts. The two towns offer a lively atmosphere and a wealth of leisure opportunities, ranging from luxurious spas and restaurants to thrilling water parks.

The coastlines of Dorset and Devon present a variety of enchanting fishing villages and small harbors, surrounded by the rolling hills and green meadows of the rural landscape. Places like Lyme Regis and Dartmouth are known for their historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and inviting pubs, offering visitors a glimpse into traditional English life.

Before reaching Torquay, the racecourse passes the stunning South Devon coastline, known for its picturesque bays, emerald-green hills, and pristine beaches. The coastal landscape offers spectacular views and a rich maritime heritage that has endured for centuries.

Upon reaching Torquay, the boats turn around just before the harbor to commence the return journey to Cowes. This turning point challenge adds an extra level of excitement and thrill to the event, as the participants of the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race showcase their skill and endurance to successfully complete the entire course.

LEGENDS AND STORYS ABOUT THE RACE

According to one legend, the race was started in 1961 as a result of a bet between two wealthy businessmen who were arguing about the fastest way to travel from Cowes to Torquay. The two men decided to settle the argument by holding a powerboat race, and the rest is history.

ONE LEGEND TELLS THE STORY OF A MYSTERIOUS “GHOST BOAT” THAT HAS BEEN SEEN ON THE WATER DURING THE RACE. ACCORDING TO SOME REPORTS, THE BOAT APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE, RACES ALONGSIDE THE OTHER COMPETITORS FOR A SHORT TIME, AND THEN DISAPPEARS AGAIN WITHOUT A TRACE. NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE IF THE GHOST BOAT IS REAL OR JUST A LEGEND, BUT MANY COMPETITORS HAVE REPORTED SEEING STRANGE AND UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA ON THE WATER DURING THE RACE.

another one legend involves the infamous “Cowes Wash,” a stretch of water near the start of the race that is known for its unpredictable and turbulent currents. According to the legend, the Cowes Wash is cursed by a vengeful sea goddess who seeks to punish those who dare to race on her waters. Many competitors have reported feeling a sense of dread and unease as they approach the Cowes Wash, and some have even claimed to have seen strange and otherworldly creatures lurking beneath the surface of the water.

The Mysterious Portland Triangle

The sea holds many mysteries, and the Portland Triangle is one of them. This section of the Cowes Torquay Cowes Powerboat racecourse poses a unique challenge for the participants. In this captivating narrative, we follow Drew Langdon, an experienced and professional powerboat racer, who over the years has had some remarkable and dramatic encounters in this dreaded and mysterious section.

Fire Onboard in the Bewitched Triangle

It was a testing day before the race, and Drew Langdon and his son Ali found themselves in the Portland Triangle when suddenly a gearbox overheated. Flames burst out in the engine room. Despite the seemingly bewitched surroundings, Langdon saved the boat and returned to Cowes. Yet, fate had other plans, and on race day, the fire ignited again. Langdon preserved the boat from a catastrophic end

Collision on the High Seas in the Mysterious Triangle

Some years later, Drew and Ali found themselves in the rough waters of the Portland Triangle again. Their FB 40, the ‘Silverline’, seemed to cut through the waves like an arrow when suddenly the unthinkable happened: A competitor went completely out of control and rammed them. The boat groaned and creaked, but thanks to Langdon’s professionalism and experience, both survived this dramatic collision in the mysterious Triangle.

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Lost and Found in the Enigmatic Triangle

In yet another year, with Giancarlo Cangano by his side, Drew Langdon experienced the unpredictability of the Portland Triangle once again. Amid the raging waves, one of the drives broke and tore a large hole in the hull of their boat. The sea seemed to want to swallow them, but at the last moment, they managed to escape to a rescue boat. The night, however, brought unexpected hope as a local salvage service found their boat in the dark waves and safely returned it to Weymouth.

Triumph Over Misfortune in the Enchanted Triangle:

After a year of rebuilding efforts, Drew Langdon and his new co-pilot Miles Jennings took on the challenge of the CTC race again. With determination and self-confidence, they reached the notorious Portland Triangle when suddenly the steering pump failed. Yet, fate had mercy this time, and they were able to continue the race. With unbroken fighting spirit and their professionalism, they repaired their boat in Torquay and not only won the race back to Cowes but also set an impressive record time in the process.

The Portland Triangle, with its dramatic encounters and seemingly inexplicable events, remains a mysterious and fascinating element of the Cowes Torquay Cowes Powerboat racecourse. Drew Langdon’s experiences in this enigmatic section bear witness to the unpredictability of these waters and the necessity of professionalism and determination to successfully master the challenges. Despite the difficulties and seemingly bewitched surroundings, Langdon has proven that with courage, perseverance, and skill, even the most mysterious waters can be conquered. The Portland Triangle remains a place full of mysteries and legends that continue to shape the thrill and fascination of the Cowes Torquay Cowes Powerboat Race and inspire participants to write their own stories in this enchanted section of the course.

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Offshore powerboat racing is an exhilarating sport that combines the elements of speed, precision, and the irresistible allure of the open sea. In this captivating world, cutting-edge, high-performance boats effortlessly slice through the waves at staggering speeds, creating a breathtaking spectacle on the liquid racetrack. The thrill of competition intensifies as these powerful vessels battle for supremacy, maneuvering with finesse and skill to outpace their rivals. For adrenaline-seeking enthusiasts who crave the unparalleled rush of speed and the exhilaration of a fierce contest, offshore powerboat racing offers the ultimate adventure on water. It's a mesmerizing display of human ingenuity, raw power, and the unyielding spirit of exploration that captivates both participants and spectators alike. Are you ready to dive into the heart-pounding world of offshore powerboat racing?

The History of Offshore Powerboat Racing

The origins of offshore powerboat racing hark back to the early 20th century when nautical enthusiasts pushed the limits of maritime engineering to satisfy their hunger for speed and competition. Over the decades, the sport has evolved from a pastime for wealthy adrenaline junkies to a prestigious organized racing event, known for its technical advancements and the extreme fortitude of its participants.

Types of Offshore Powerboats

From sleek, agile catamarans to deep-vee monohulls, offshore powerboats come in various shapes and sizes. Each class of boat is meticulously designed to traverse the challenging ocean waters at high speeds while providing relative safety to its crew. The classification of these vessels is often based on their length, engine type, and overall performance capabilities—factors that also dictate the category of competition they can enter.

Key Components of Offshore Powerboats

The beating heart of an offshore powerboat is its engine or engines — often high-powered, marine-grade machinery capable of propelling these vessels forward with incredible force. Complementing the engine is the hull design, which must be carefully crafted to cut through waves with minimal resistance while maintaining stability. Safety features are paramount, including reinforced construction, flotation devices, and onboard communication systems, ensuring that drivers and navigators can compete with confidence.

Famous Offshore Powerboat Races

Events such as the Key West World Championships and the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race stand out as some of the most challenging and prestigious competitions in the offshore powerboat racing calendar. These contests draw racers from around the globe, promising intense rivalries and unforgettable displays of maritime mastery.

Skills and Techniques Required

Offshore powerboat racing is not just about raw power; it demands a breadth of skills from its participants. Precision navigation, intimate knowledge of maritime conditions, and impeccably cohesive teamwork are the cornerstones of a successful race team. Behind every champion is a saga of rigorous training and tactical acumen.

Safety Measures and Regulations

Given the inherent risks of high-speed maritime racing, safety cannot be understated. Compliance with race regulations, proper usage of safety equipment, and adhering to emergency protocols are enforced strictly amongst competitors. The pursuit of victory must never compromise the well-being of those daring enough to tackle the ocean's gauntlet.

The Thrill and Excitement of Offshore Powerboat Races

The pulse-pounding excitement of an offshore powerboat race is incomparable. As racers throttle up and charge forth amidst the sea spray and roaring engines, spectators are treated to a spectacle unlike any other. It is a test of endurance and a display of cutting-edge technology, fueled by passion and the quest for glory.

The alluring world of offshore powerboat races is a testament to the human desire to push the limits and master the unpredictable nature of the sea. Whether you are a fervent fan or an aspiring racer, the community is welcoming and the sport, intoxicating. If your spirit is stirred by the call of offshore performance boats, reach out to Velocity Powerboats for more information , and step into the high-velocity world of powerboat racing.

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(Alton, IL – Jan. 25, 2024) Ever dreamed of watching boats flying across the waters of the Mississippi River at speeds in excess of 120 mile per hour? That dream has just become reality with the news that Formula 1 Powerboat racing is coming to the Mississippi River in Alton June 21-23 with a multi-day event featuring Formula 1 Powerboats, Tunnel Boats and Tri-Hulls.

The Formula 1 Powerboat Championship will tentatively take place on the Mississippi River at the Alton riverfront with a series of six to eight races. The races will include the sleek and glamorous F1 Powerboats, 12-foot Tunnel boats, Tri-Hulls based on a pleasure boat design and J-Hydro, 12-foot Knee Rider Boats for racers ages 9 to 16 years.

“This is a terrific addition to the sporting events the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau has been able to attract over the last three years,” Cory Jobe, President and CEO of the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau said. “We want to thank the City of Alton for approving this event and we are looking forward to enjoying a weekend of powerboat racing and community fun along the city’s riverfront.”

The event is expected to draw 20,000-plus spectators and bring in an economic impact to the region of over $2.5 million. The Tourism Bureau is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard for approval and assistance with water safety.

“On behalf of the Formula 1 Powerboat Championship, we are very excited to bring Formula 1 powerboat racing back to Alton,” said Tim Seebold, Managing Director of Formula 1 Powerboat Championship. “It will be fantastic returning to the Mississippi River in downtown Alton Illinois showcasing our world class Formula 1 drivers and their technologically advanced powerboats in conjunction with the Midwest Nationals.”

F1 Powerboat competition begins with a 20-plus boat field lined on the start pontoon with their engines silent. At the drop of the green flag, the drivers ignite their engines, shooting thousands of gallons of rooster tailed water over 150-feet high as they accelerate to the first turn.

The spectator friendly racing on a tight course is made up of a combination of right and left hand hairpin turns with various straightaways providing deck to deck action in front of fans. No two laps are the same due to the ever-changing wind and water conditions.

“Our family friendly events have an open pit area for the fans to meet the drivers and marvel at the machines they drive,” Seebold noted. “Alton holds a special place in my heart with its rich powerboat racing history. Our family began racing on the Mississippi River starting with my grandfather back in 1939 and has continued with my father, older brother, and myself. Growing up in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area strengthened mine, like many St. Louis area fans F1 Powerboat racing enthusiasm as we all attended the St. Louis Grand Prix races for over 38 years. It has been fantastic to bring powerboat racing back to the area with all of the local support. I know this will be a monumental event for everyone involved.”

More details on the races and additional riverfront activities will be announced closer to the event.

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aight this is what i got 16ft v bottom boat w/ 90hp evinrude 20"shaft motor. i can run the boat fine up to 25-30- mph depending of which way i'm running into the wind. and i have plenty of throttle left. but when i give it just a hair more throttle the nose dives extremley bad no matter how far i trim the motor. I've heard from a couple people that some boats are built with a "hook" in the back of the hull. If this is true how can i get my boat to run like i need it to? thanks  

Please explain!!!! Front end bounces up and down? Boat's tryin to submarine? Need more info. George  

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never heard of a hook. Is the trim switch hooked up backwards or being used opposite of what it's supposed to?  

Some boats can develop a "hook" if they don't fit the trailer properly. ie. if they hang over the back of the trailer supports and have a heavy motor left on the transom. A lot depends on the type of boat, aluminum, fiberglass, age, etc. You can check this by placing a straight board on the bottom of the boat spanning from the transom forward. If there is a hook, there will be a space between the board and the bottom of the boat. This can cause the boat to nose dive depending on the severity of the hook. Do you have a add on planing fin installed? If so, this can be a problem if not installed properly.  

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A hook in a hull will/can cause the hull to act like a suction cup on the water. Hooks can also be caused by hitting something, thus putting a dent in the hull, be it fiberglass, or metal. Opposite of a hook is a rocker, and effects are opposite.  

Tuna Man (6/9/2008) A hook in a hull will/can cause the hull to act like a suction cup on the water. Hooks can also be caused by hitting something, thus putting a dent in the hull, be it fiberglass, or metal. Opposite of a hook is a rocker, and effects are opposite. Click to expand...

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What is your boat made of? You need to inspect the hull and determine what is causing it. Depending on what your boat is made of, then there are different things to do to fix the problem. The other aspect of this may be the engine height.  

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For the most part a hook will act like a trim tab in the down position. Thus pushing the Bow down, even if you trim the motor out.  

the boats fiberglass and it sits with six inches of trailer bunks past the transom(but i don't know if it did ever sit on a trailer for a long time) and that is what i was told could most likely be the problem . since the boat is an 86 but it's not soft anywhere and i ran a board down the bottom and no gap. I've also heard from an old wise man that used to drag race boats that said he used to sand the hook out of a boat to make it reach top speeds. does anyone know how to do this and another idea i have is if i lower the motor farther than it needs to be would that help. It sits in the right postions now. I also tried taking the dolf-fins off the motor to see if that was making the nose dive and itdidn't change it a bit.  

I'm with what was said a few post up.... It could possibly be your motor height.. How far past the boat does your motor sit???  

i ran a board down the bottom and no gap. Click to expand...

Do you have a bass boat? What kind of boat/ brand of boat do you have? This may help determine your problem.  

Post a picture of the boat and order some bennett trim tabs.  

aight i'll try and upload a pic but the boat is a saltwater boat 16ft. warrior craft center console. the motor sits on the transome there's no bracket  

i might try and adjust the height of the motor ...... if so does anyone have a good used jack plate? man or hydr. perferablly manual because it's cheaper!  

Where does your cavitation plate sit in relation to the bottom of the boat? Use a straight edge to determine this. It should be slightly BELOW the hull (maybe 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches). If not, and you have room on your bracket, definately try dropping it down a hole! Also, as strange as it sounds, the wrong prop (for example, too much "cup") can do some weird things to a boat's handling sometimes. You might want to call the guys at Accu-prop, and describe your problem. Let us know how you are making out! OOPS...just saw where you said you have no bracket. Sorry. It would still be interesting to know where the cav. plate sits. A jack plate might be the answer, but kind of hard to tell w/limited info! :takephoto  

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It could also be a condition called a Power Hook, If you have a soft bottom or a broken or rotton stringers, the more power you put to the boat the more prevelant the hook is.. causing the diving condition,, get off the gas and the power hook goes away,, this also cant be seen with a straight edge.. but you can lay under the boat and push on the hull to see if it is soft... this condition is most noticeable at heavy throttle and upper ends of the speed spectrum..:usaflag  

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    A lot depends on the type of boat, aluminum, fiberglass, age, etc. You can check this by placing a straight board on the bottom of the boat spanning from the transom forward. If there is a hook, there will be a space between the board and the bottom of the boat. This can cause the boat to nose dive depending on the severity of the hook.

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  21. Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia

    Elektrostal Geography. Geographic Information regarding City of Elektrostal. Elektrostal Geographical coordinates. Latitude: 55.8, Longitude: 38.45. 55° 48′ 0″ North, 38° 27′ 0″ East. Elektrostal Area. 4,951 hectares. 49.51 km² (19.12 sq mi) Elektrostal Altitude.

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    June 21 @ 2:00 pm - June 23 @ 8:30 pm. Formula 1 Powerboat racing is coming to Alton June 21 - 23! Kick off the event on Belle Street at Mac's Downtown the evening of June 21 with a Meet & Greet Street Party where you can meet drivers, see the racing boats up close and personal, and grab some food. Watch races throughout the day on Saturday ...

  23. State Housing Inspectorate of the Moscow Region

    State Housing Inspectorate of the Moscow Region Elektrostal postal code 144009. See Google profile, Hours, Phone, Website and more for this business. 2.0 Cybo Score. Review on Cybo.