The Super Boat International video feed streamed perfect pre-race conditions, with spectators taking in close-range tuning runs in a balmy beach scene under gorgeous skies. A day later, eight-foot seas washed out Michigan City’s fourth annual Great Lakes Grand Prix, the median point in SBI’s nine-race circuit.
Big-league offshore racing resumes September 7-9 at the New York Superboat Grand Prix.
Michigan City was SBI’s first-ever cancellation due to water conditions.
“Racing conditions are one thing, but consideration also has to be made for any potential rescue situation and the personnel involved,” SBI spokesman Rodrick Cox told OSO. “It was just too treacherous for everyone out there.”
On Monday, OSO will break news on SBI’s new class format for 2013, and how Robert Nobel is rebuilding the World Champion Skater, Team Stihl, to compete in the Key West format debut.
Kevin Spaise has written and tested boats for major boating publications through the years, and is the former Editor of Petersen’s Performance Boats, Hot Boat, and Performance Boats. He is a life-long performance boater, and his current ride is a vintage 21’ Schiada he runs offshore in his home waters of Maui, Hawaii.