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    Sbi Nj Results????


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    Enjoy the show VIP Member Ron P's Avatar
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    The Joisey Shore
    Be patient.

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    Invensys in F2, Instigator in Super V, Bankbeaters in Superboat limited Can't remember the rest

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    Enjoy the show VIP Member Ron P's Avatar
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    The Joisey Shore
    Hello Race Fans,

    Race week started with the arrival of the SuperBoat International members
    and staff, a contingency of dedicated professionals who have honed their
    craft as they travel from race site to race site in order to provide a safe
    place to race. When they come to New Jersey, they are greeted by the oldest
    offshore racing club in the United States, the NJ Offshore Racing
    Association and its sister organization, OPA. At this particular race, the
    two groups worked together extremely well and put on a first class show, in
    spite of a tragic start.

    The group of SBI personnel, led by its President, John Carbonell arrived on
    Tuesday in preparation for the first boat’s arrival on Wednesday. On
    Wednesday morning, John learned that his grandson had passed away in his
    sleep in his hotel room. As you can imagine the group was devastated by
    grief, but they quickly pulled together and continued doing what needed to
    get done. John and his wife Deena left to tend to their family’s needs while
    every one else continued the task at hand. As the racers arrived and heard
    the news, a memorial was established at the pits and was quickly filled with
    flower arrangements sent by the race teams and supporters. It was a
    beautiful display of affection.

    Please remember Mando Parra in you prayers tonight. He will be missed by

    * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * *

    It’s 7am on race morning and the first thing I always do is to check the
    direction of the wind. The lousy southeast wind that has been blowing for
    the last three days has changed to a soft westerly breeze. Much calmer seas
    will quickly replace the snotty conditions that existed during Thursday’s
    test session. The set up that worked during testing session was not going to
    do the trick today.

    At 9:30 Jet Set, the local 3000hp turbine powered boat pulls up to my
    neighbor’s pier to pick Paul and I up. This boat is such an anomaly that
    when people see it, they instantly reach for their cameras. Mike Fusco has
    been running this boat for the last 6 years and has completely mastered the
    art of running Jet Set. Including providing passengers with complimentary
    earplugs to dampen the incredibly loud whine of the turbines. Now if he
    could just figure out a way to keep the flames from singeing the hair on the
    back of his passenger’s necks from the flames.

    Mike lit the torches and we were gone. Running across the bay at 110 MPH in
    Jet Set is done as effortlessly as doing 40 mph in boat capable of running
    80 mph. It’s like the sweet spot where the boat is most efficient. Anything
    slower and it’s coming off plane, any thing faster and your pushing the fuel
    mileage down. We got out into the ocean and onto the racecourse at about
    10:15 and ran around it one time to ensure the markers where in their
    correct positions. Upon re-entry to the inlet, Mike put on a spectacular
    flame show for the thousands of cheering fans along the jetty walls as we
    tried to hide from the heat by getting down on the floor of the boat. When
    we arrived at the wet pits, Paul and I relinquished our seats in Jet Set to
    two of the local State Police officers who offered to give Mike a permanent
    “Get out of Jail Free Card” for a ride. With a whoosh, a whine, a puff of
    smoke and flame, Jet Set was headed back out into the ocean for another
    round on the racecourse and a flame show to thrill the fans on shore with
    the two officers on board. Thanks Mike, it was great to have you as a part
    of the show.

    Our ride for the day was Pace Boat 1. Pete Mazzo’s beautiful 42
    Outerlimits. “No Discipline” was waiting for us and all the other race boats
    at the Wharfside Patio Bar and Grill. We waited as Pace Boat 2, Mike
    DeFransa’s awesome 36 Apache was leading the boats from the launch area to
    the mouth of the inlet with Police escort. We mounted up and met them at the
    inlet, got the race boats in line behind us and then waited for Coast Guard
    clearance to blow the inlet. (Manasquan inlet is normally a no wake zone.
    However, with Coast Guard approval and Marine Police escort, they allowed us
    to run the inlet at full speed.) Upon receiving the final green light from
    Race Control, Pete put the big Outerlimits into gear and advanced the
    throttles so that we were skipping through the inlet at a comfortable 60
    mph. Entering the ocean with a skip and jump off the inlet rollers we ran
    the boats on a short pace lap around the course. Once in the milling area it
    was time to find the smoke flare and let the boats know that it was only
    three minutes to the start of the race.

    Bringing the big boats down the beach is always a thrill. To be side by side
    at 80mph with 15 of the fastest boats in the world is a thrill beyond
    compare. Once the boats were all lined up to our port side, we swapped the
    yellow flag for the green flag and the volume immediately erupted to a fever
    pitch as the boats blew by us and washed us down with a very refreshing
    spray of their roostertails. Less than a minute later, the big Apache
    brought the second start down the beach in similar fashion.

    With both starts cleanly off we pulled into the inside of the racecourse and
    witnessed a breathtaking moment. The lead boat from the first start was the
    Super V “Muscle”. He was now on his way north and was way off course running
    right up the middle of the racetrack. This is where over 25 medical, dive,
    and VIP boats are stationed to monitor the day’s events. I guess these guys
    like to play follow the leader because behind Muscle came Firewater and
    Instigator. It was clear that they were all headed for Tony Presti’s
    SunSeeker VIP boat. It looked like Muscle turned hard right with about 100
    feet to spare. Firewater and Instigator were side by side in Muscles wake.
    Once Muscle turned and the spray cleared the other two boats took evasive
    action…toward each other. Oh ****! They almost touched before they moved
    apart and split the “****ting in its pants” Sunseeker down the middle. Once
    the boats got onto a groove and learned where the turn pillows were located
    things got better quickly.

    In P – 5 our crash test dummies were back out on the racecourse in a new
    boat that was still a little too new to race and barely made the start line
    before a hose let go. Bruce and Gary will be back with a vengeance soon
    enough. Xtreme Air was flying high until their engine called it a day long
    before the end of the race. This left Club Egan Racing and Carrabbas - Team
    Blythe to race to the finish. Club Egan’s twin engine Donzi proved to have
    definite advantage over Carrabbas single engine 28 Pantera in today’s race.

    1st Club Egan Racing
    2nd Carrabbas – Team Blythe
    3rd Xtreme Air
    4th Simply Awesome

    In P – 4 “The Delicate Sound of Thunder” swapped the lead with “Panther” at
    least three times before the final winner was established. These guys put on
    a great show, as they were never more that a 100 yards apart.

    1st The Delicate Sound of Thunder
    2nd Panther

    After the first lap, the leaders from the second start were the P3 boat
    “Wazzup” and the mighty little F1 boat, “Typhoon” who were tearing up the
    racecourse. Wazzup was out in front but skipping like a stone on a pond
    behind him was “Typhoon”, followed closely by “Gecko Tequila” and
    “SuperBoat”. “Team Progression” seemed to be way off the pace today. The F1
    boats are so closely matched and their crews so nuts that they never were
    more that a few seconds apart. Dry Martini, the other P3 boat, rounded out
    the leaders from the second start. At the finish line is was Wazzup over Dry

    1st Wazzup
    2nd Dry Martini

    P – 2 class saw Frank Kerbeck bringing the old 41 Apache Island Runner out
    of retirement for another time around the turn buoys. It seemed like they
    needed a lap or two to get her up to speed again and by that time the other
    P4 boat, “Relentless” was gone and never to be seen again.

    1st Relentless
    2nd Island Runner

    Even though Gecko looked like they were running harder and SuperBoat wanted
    it more, they could just never catch up to Typhoon. Once again, the dog
    pound boys drove it like they stole it and stole the show in F1.

    1st Typhoon
    2nd Gecko Tequila
    3rd SuperBoat
    4th Team Progression

    Moving up to the boats from the first start, in F2 we had several boats that
    have never been to NJ before. Invensys Fountain was hanging with the Super
    Vs for a while. This boat was screaming around the track with the Rio
    Roses/Fountain, Miccosukee Indian Gaming and Lynch Mob in pursuit.
    Miccosukee Indian Gaming was the first to have something let go in the
    second lap. Lynch Mob brought out a brand new 39 quad stepped Kryptonite
    hull that was stunning and proved to be competitive on the racecourse…until
    a rocker arm broke and ended it’s run for glory. The two Fountains ran hard
    the entire race, but only one can win.

    1st Invensys Fountain
    2nd Rio Roses/Fountain
    3rd Lynch Mob
    4th Miccosukee Indian Gaming, and Zipp Express took the green flag, all
    having something to prove. Zipp Express recently set a kilo record at
    113.495 mph. However, in this race he ran a little too hard and hurt the
    boat to the point he had to call it a day. thought he was on
    a NASCAR track. Using the old saying, “If ya ain’t rubbin then ya ain’t
    racin” got together with the brand new Superboat Brioski Racing. Just like
    in NASCAR, they rubbed and both raced to the end. held till
    the end but was just too much for them today.

    Superboat Limited
    3rd Zipp Express

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    Enjoy the show VIP Member Ron P's Avatar
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    Ya gotta love Super Vs. Big, bad, loud, V bottoms. The Muscle, Firewater and
    Instigator are three fierce competitors from the moment the green flag goes
    up. Muscle had the overall lead on the first lap, with the other two right
    behind. By the second lap, it was Instigator and Muscle side by side with
    Firewater right behind. Firewater seemed to loose power as the laps wore on
    and Instigator just got stronger. Even too much for The Muscle to handle
    today. In fact, Instigator was too much for anyone to handle today as they
    won overall as well.

    Super Boat V
    1st Instigator
    2nd Muscle
    3rd Firewater

    In Superboat it was the 43’ CUV, Bandit pitted against the new 40’ Motion,
    Brioski Racing. Bandit took the early lead and Brioski was still getting
    used to the new boat. It took them two laps to get it wound up and flying.
    Bandit lost an engine after 10 laps and Brioski took the checked flag, but
    he still couldn’t catch “Smoking Joe” Sgro and Peter Meyer in their super
    fast Skater built Fountain V hull.

    Superboat Cat
    1st Brioski Racing
    2nd Bandit

    At the awards presentation this evening, another display of just how close
    this racing family is came to light. Most of the winning teams donated their
    winnings to a memorial to be established in Mando Parra’s name. It’s not
    about the money for these guys. It’s about something deeper. A love for the
    sport and those who participate in it.

    As I’m writing this letter with the TV on in the background, it is really
    great to see Jet Set blowing flames on the TV screen. He was the opening
    shot for the coverage of the race. Augie Penza and Ernie Tretola gave
    interviews with Wazzup and Instigator racing in the background. This was on
    the NJ Channel 12 news this evening.

    In addition to the local news team, we also had several professional
    photographers stationed around the racecourse. Nothing is up on the web
    sites as of now but I’d hope to see something by Monday night. Photographers
    will tell you that NJ generally offers the best photos because of the rough
    water. This was a fairly calm race so lets see what images they have
    captured. Jim O’Connor has been covering our races this
    past year and has done a great job. You can see his work on the cover page
    for Photos from other races are on Jim’s site now. Ike and Erica Levine have been long time friends
    of our club and have a knack of getting great air shots. You can see
    pictures of some of our past rough water races under the power boating link. See the Coors Girls at the
    Awards with today’s winners. Jennifer Quinn might have even gotten
    a shot of the boats headed toward the stern of the SunSeeker before she hit
    the deck.

    Since I didn’t have a chance to take any photos, if you have a digital
    image, please feel free to email me one or two of your best shots for the web site.

    Can you believe that summer is almost over and another safe racing season at
    the Jersey Shore is in the history books. I had fun at the races this
    summer, I hope you did too. The next SBI/OPA race is in NYC harbor on Sunday
    September 8th. I’m told this race will be broadcast live on OLN network as
    part of the 9/11 ceremonies.

    To all our land and water volunteers that come out year after year to make
    this the safest offshore powerboat racecourse in the world, I thank you.

    To the medics and divers that give of their time so graciously to look after
    the racers, I thank you for dedicating your life to helping others.

    To our sponsors that provide the funds and services that make these races
    possible, I thank you and hope you get more in return than you give.

    To the United States Coast Guard and NJ State Police, Marine Division, I
    especially want to thank you for putting up with our need for speed.

    To the men and especially women that work so hard all year long to organize
    these events, I’ll see you at the next meeting; next season starts in just
    10 months.

    To the racers, I salute you for your courage and fortitude.

    To Mando, I pray for you to rest in piece.

    See ya at the races.


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    Chevy-Harley fan Charter Member gmhdfan's Avatar
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    Hell, I was there and I don't even know. Ron you had me working to hard Were was all the other sweep boats? Boy, I come all the way from Fla. and you give me the inlet and spectator area Thanks for everything I had a GREAT time Wow I can not believe how many boats couldn't find the the 3rd turn pillow Hopefully I will be back in Fla soon were you can see more then 1 mile in the ocean. Wow was it hazy or what? Call me and tell me were you want me to send this flag back to. I think I got some good pictures of Jet Set for you. Is that how you guys get the water warm enough to swim in? You run Jet Set up and down the beach a few times Thanks for everything Pete

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    Enjoy the show VIP Member Ron P's Avatar
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    Pete is was great to have you with us for a few days. Hope yuou had a great time. Please keep the flag as a momento of the trip.

    Photos? Email the good ones to me.

    Some great shots are posted at
    Last edited by Ron P; 08-18-2002 at 11:35 PM.

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    Chevy-Harley fan Charter Member gmhdfan's Avatar
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    Photos, you mean the ones of the boats or the ones of the girl that the Wazzup guys took down the parade. I hope they didn't harm her, I never did see her again

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    RONP ,
    I want to thank you and the New Jersey Offshore Powerboat Racing Association for putting on one of the better races we have seen here in along time. Great job!!!

    Digital Photography & Video one BYTE at a time !

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    I was on the Sunseeker .I just got the **** out of my paints.

    Mike Merola
    2014 OPA-APBA National Champion Class 7 .Hauling Trash 725.

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