by , 08-05-2008 at 01:28 PM (4575 Views)
Spending a few days in New Orleans, La for the Offshore Super Series/Al Copeland Memorial Race, provided me some time to check out behind the scenes. As any racer knows there is always a chance that you could find yourself upside down in the water. To start the Offshore Super Series only allows canopy boats, thus a need for safety egress training became a obvious, as safety is paramount to a OSS event. with the help of Skater Powerboats, the Offshore Super Soaker was designed and built to help racers in the event of going over.
The training is a twice a year requirement for all teams that race OSS, first time OSS racer Bob Noble of Team Stihl OSS Cat Outboard, after his first time in the Super Soaker said "good practice and very realistic" while Team Stihl Throttleman Grant Bruggerman of Grant's Rigging said "it's the real deal" and prepares you in the case of a mishap.
Imco Driver Jim Speros said "while the training is a valueable learning expeirence, swimming and boatracing dont mix!" Added Throttleman George Auriemma doing the training regularly will prepare you in the event you need to use it.
For more info on the Offshore Super series