It can't be easy trying to reboot a form of Offshore Powerboat Racing that has long since gone from the US calendar, moreover in one of the most difficult economic climates that most of us have experienced (either side of the pond).
UK Marathon or "Old School" Offshore Racing was re started here in 2008 with the Round Britain race with over 40 competitors, since then 4 Cowes Torquay Cowes races have been run, and a number of other Marathon Events including the Needles Trophy.
Over the last couple of years, the 100 plus mile races have seen big seas and high winds, with damage to bodies, boats and wallets - However the sense of achievement experienced by the competitors, has in the main made them wanting to come back for more!
I flew over to New York last year to see amongst other things the Don Aronow Memorial Race, (there was a fellow Brit to support in a brand new Outerlimits). Sure I was disappointed with so few entries, but hey it was the first year back for the race!
Guy La Motta's facilities with craning, car parking, restaurant and a couple of bars made for an excellent venue.
The Tracking System worked extremely well, and the final film of the Event produced some weeks later was very professional and reminded me of the memories of who I had met over there, including the eventual winners Joe, the Tom Cruise look alike Navigator and Charlie.
To Billy and Charlie - I wish you the best for next weekend - Put up an intended entry list!
There is interest from afar too!
Perhaps to whet some appetites for Offshore Racing as is in 2011, and hopefully to get some more competitors out for next weekend, here is a small video of last months Cowes Torquay Cowes Race.
Using US, British and Italian hulls, the competitors raced over 165 NM in winds blowing up to a 6.
The winner, Markus Hendricks from Germany in Cinzano averaged 65.26 mph.
:37 - that is an awesome boat!!!
2:29 - One would think they would have secured the rope!!
2:39 - another sweet ride sort of like the one seen at :37, racin' rib!
2:39 - Apache??
Good luck Charlie and those racing in this event!!
Catastrophe, good analogy about the band.
I was really considering this, and talked to a couple guys who were gonna pitch in, but I think I am gonna watch like everyone else. Don't want to break something before Key West.
Maybe next year.
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