T2x has said it best on all counts. Speeds are increasing to a point that drivers expertise and hull designs have a hard time keeping up.
"Poker Runs, not a race"....... gimme a break. While technically not a race everyone runs flat out, each year more and more "pleasure boats" run flat out over 100 mph! At least with a race, you have a course, a handful of boats, safety regulations, and professional drivers.
Someone eluded to the fact that we are only wiping ourselves out so I guess they think that's OK. That's not always the case though, the recent accident in FL unfortunately killed the driver but two female passengers were injured as well. In my mind it was the boat owners responsibility to make sure those girls were in life jackets, in this instance it was lucky they were running with another boat, what would have happened if no one was around to fish them out of the water. Do you really think those girls understood what could happen at 100 MPH in the ocean.
Shane you take exception to the article in the paper, but what was printed was directly paraphrased from the ITS web site, it was clear that the owner and company's mission was speed. The question of speed is a tough one and would be hard to regulate and enforce, like most of you even with my concerns I am not sure I want to see the govt. doing it for us.
The fact of the matter is that no matter what sport your in; boat racing, free diving, mountain climbing, extreme skiing, hang gliding, car racing, etc the best of the sport will most likely continue to push the envelope. If you are an extremist and you and your family are at peace with it and you put no one else at risk then so be it. Me, I am happy to be a moderate.