Charlie writes for Extreme Boats Magazine from time to time and here's a story that was published a few months ago. It should give you some pointers on how to do the crossing.
Hope I didn't give away your secrets Charlie...
Remembering Don Aronow in Sunny Isles Beach
The next stop on the OSS tour is in South Florida where Sunny Isles Beach will present the Offshore Powerboat Challenge Weekend. This event promises to be a mega event where performance boating groups come together in order to turn Haulover Park and Sunny Isles Beach into a High Performance Boating Paradise.
On June 19 - 22, the Offshore Super Series will welcome the Historic Offshore Boat Racing Association (HORBA) and the Florida Powerboat Club to share the facilities at Haulover Park, and coordinate the weekend's events. OSS is also welcoming the APBA Class Super Light Tunnel class boats that will run several demonstration races throughout the weekend.
What started as a simple boat race has turned into a "cause" that's attracted performance boaters from all segments of the sport. At this race performance boaters will pay tribute to Don Aronow, his memory, his boats and the legacy that he left behind.
In Don's honor, HORBA will be staging a race to Bimini and back, the way Don and his competitors of the time did it out of the same Haulover Inlet. Open ocean all the way out of the sight of land, just man, machine and the ocean.
This race site has also turned into a good excuse for racers from the 60s and 70s to converge on Sunny Isles Beach and hold a reunion party. The whole HORBA club will be in attendance and welcome race fans and swap a few stories and a few beers. Expect to see some of your old heroes in the Race Village at Haulover Park throughout the weekend.
The Florida Powerboat Club is the driving force of performance boating in Florida and has built a reputation of providing first class poker run fun. The very first Poker Run that Stu Jones produced was out of Sunny Isles Marina near Haulover Inlet and Stu feels a personal attraction to this sight and has decided to join the fun and hold a Poker Run on Saturday and then enjoy the OSS racing action on Sunday.
Our race producers, Susan Simpson, Larry Goldman and Brad Schoenwald have spent many months working out all the details and continue to find ways to make this weekend adventure even more exciting and entertaining for all involved.
If you've never attended a boat race before, this will be the one you'll want to experience. If you've been to many boat races, you won't want to miss this mega event.
Offshore Powerboat Challenge Weekend
Thurs - Race Village Opens - Bimini Race Registration
Friday - HORBA -Don Aronow Memorial Offshore Ocean Race
Friday Night - Get together with veteran racers - Race Village Party with Band
Saturday – Thunderboat Rally Poker Run - OSS Testing - SLT Races
Sunday - OSS Racing - SLT Races
Sunday Night - Awards
For more information about these events visit www.offshoresuperseries.com, www.historicraceboats.com and www.flpowerboat.com or call 732-552-0669.
Last edited by Ron P; 05-09-2008 at 10:12 AM.
Brief news bulletin: I have joined my good friend Randy Sweers @ Fastboats.com and I am available to all OSO friends and family to assist in any way possible for sales of Nortech, Donzi, and Baja, also specialized brokerage. Please come by and say hello. I hope to now be more active in the racing and poker run events, and have some opportunities to meet more people. As far as the Don Aronow race, I have two great old school boats available which would be awsome for the run. The old RDS/Apache kid/Spirit of Houston 1989 45` Apache now twin engine, number six`s etc. all white boat, with trailer $150,000 range, also a 1993 40` Skater, quarter canopies etc, big motors, number six etc. Both boats are ex-race boats, and built for the gulf stream, Skater is under $200,000. Please take a look at our web site Fastboats.com I look forward to seeing you all soon and telling some stories from my 30 years of offshore racing. Thanks Richie Powers AKA 7XCHAMP
I just spoke with John from OSS. He came up with a plan to provide 20 X 80 spots for motorhomes. This will have to be Space A/first come first serve. They will ask for a small fee to help offset site costs, i.e. Security, ligth generators, etc.
Please ask those wishing set up a rig in the pits to send me an email [email protected]
"It's not what you do, it's how well you do it"
Several of our boats got ticketed for being outside federal waters and coming back in without passports. We had CG permits for the tournament, CG permits to run the cut etc.. One boat came to close to a cruise ship (not an issue @ Haulover) and was handed 25K worth of tickets... I'll see if I can round up the name of the CG officer who has helped us with my tournament last month...
whats the boat count at now ?
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