All the credit in the world goes to Miss GEICO for the performance the 44’ Victory catamaran turned in to win the Superboat Unlimited world championship at the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., earlier this month, but it could be argued that in Sunday’s rough-water final race, an under-powered V-bottom stole the show.
“After the race, quite a few people said, ‘I didn’t think you’d have a day where you could hold your own against the cats,’” said Nigel Hook, owner and throttleman of the 48’ SilverHook, Lucas Oil, that put on quite a rough-water display in Sunday’s wind-blown
In Key West’s variety of conditions Broadco ran like a champion. Photo by Pete Boden.
Ever since Grant Bruggemann shocked the offshore racing world by ending his eight-year relationship with Team Stihl to join Chuck Broadus in the cockpit of the 40’ MTI, Broadco, he took a systematic approach to improving the performance of the boat and then, more importantly, the team.
“Chuck never applied any pressure to me that we have to win,” said Bruggeman. “I said, ‘Let’s concentrate on our own program and keep testing the boat you have and once we have that, then we work on the team in the boat.’”
J.J. Turk was more than the typical spectator at the 2013 Super Boat International Offshore World Championships. After competing for a couple of races in the 34’ Phantom, Driven to Perdition in 2012 and in 2013, he knew he wanted to buy his own boat and start a team. Almost unbeknownst to him, he was in Key West, Fla., in November 2013 to find his first offshore racing hull.
He was walking past the 30’ Phantom, Scott Free Racing, and he stopped to take a closer look. He circled the enclosed cockpit racer multiple times, soaking in its nuances. He thought the end of the season might be a good time to make an offer, but for some reason, he didn’t at the time.
The 2014 version of Risky Business will race in Key West in the Super Stock class.
Nicholas Dorcich is going through an accelerated learning curve as the new owner of an offshore racing team. This past summer, he bought a 1992 Skater 28 with enclosed cockpits. He re-powered the boat with a pair of Mercury Racing 200 XS outboards. Now, along with throttleman John Bruno (who throttled for Nicholas’ dad, Stephen in the original Risky Business in the early 1990s), he installed new Livorsi instruments and IMCO steering, made all the cosmetic repairs and updated the boat and trailer.
Last year, Brit Lilly won his first offshore racing world championship with his legendary father, Art throttling the team’s 30’ Extreme in the Offshore Powerboat Association’s Super Vee Lite class.
This year, the younger Lilly repeated the feat at the Solomons Island Offshore Grand Prix October 4 weekend in Maryland, but with a different throttleman, Ron Umlandt. In doing so, the 28-year-old Lilly, who owns the boat, named LSB Racing, took another step in establishing himself as a future star in the offshore racing world.
“I didn’t realize how cool it was until I had my own boat,” he said recently. “When I first got the boat, I had big intentions
After a crash in Clearwater, the Spirit of Qatar #20 will be ready for the world championships in Key West. Photo courtesy of QMSF.
At the start of the Super Boat International National Championship race in Clearwater, Fla., on September 28, two boats charged to the lead in the Superboat class, eventual winner Team Stihl and Spirit of Qatar.
For the first lap, throttleman Billy Moore and driver Ali Al-Neama had their 42’ MTI, Spirit of Qatar, running deck-to-deck with the smaller Skater, Team Stihl. At the start of second lap, the two boats charged hard into the first corner
Most offshore boat racers would not be happy after a race that ended prematurely due to a steering failure— while leading — but Steve Miklos isn’t most racers. “We would have loved to have finished, but we were real happy with what we did,” he said after completing nine out of 13 laps in the Superboat Vee class at the Super Boat International national championships in Clearwater, Fla., last Sunday.
He had sold his 2000 30’ Extreme enclosed cockpit boat that he and Gary DeCiuicies had been racing since it was new earlier this year and ordered a
After getting a new deck recently, the 400-T is getting a new bottom that really works.
After the success of the V2D bottom on its 290-S, Hallett Boats has decided to use the same design on its 400-T. The updated version of the boat is available for order now and the first deliveries are expected around the new year.
“It’s working so well with the 29,” said Hallett Boats Vice President Jerry Barron. “I can put that 29 into an 80-mph turn and it’s so safe it’s unbelievable.”