Spirit of Qatar in USA

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Riviera Beach, FL – February 14, 2010 – AMF Offshore Racing LLC, the owner of the World Champion Miss GEICO Racing team and AMF Offshore Rigging LLC, today announced a ten month partnership with Spirit of Qatar to run their United States operations out of AMF’s state of the art Riviera Beach facility. The Spirit of Qatar offshore race teams are owned by Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF). Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani pilots the Qatar 96 boat and is the first Qatari to win a Class 1 grand prix offshore race. He's also the President of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation, and former championship Formula 1 powerboat racer. “After racing in Key West, we decided to keep our team in America for the 2010season and the AMF facilities and staff are a perfect match for us” said Sheikh Hassan.
"The AMF-ORS partnership combines like minded organizations driven by innovation, excellence and competitiveness. We are excited about the opportunity to work out of their facilities” said Steve Curtis, president of ORS and throttleman for the Qatar 96 boat”
The Qatar boats and rigs are slated to arrive in Riviera Beach at the beginning of March and the Qatar team will be working with AMF Offshore Rigging’s Gary Stray on some innovative safety systems for both the Spirit of Qatar and Miss GEICO Race teams. “I basically grew up in the Cougar factory in England and thing seem to have come full circle. I am excited about the idea of blending the technology of two of the Worlds premier race teams under one roof” said Gary. AMF Offshore Racing Owner John Haggin added “It will be an honor to have his Excellency Sheikh Hassan’s team work side by side with my guys.”

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Great news. The two class organizations getting together only means good things.
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Should be a cool year for events. Now if there are some boats to run with from here.
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Rubbing shoulders w/ the shiek, Buddy you have come a long ways from Holidays Isle! and I am glad for you, it could have not happened to a nicer guy.
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Very cool! Should be an interesting year
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Great news Scotty !

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Originally Posted by JO - PANTERABOATS
Rubbing shoulders w/ the shiek, Buddy you have come a long ways from Holidays Isle! and I am glad for you, it could have not happened to a nicer guy.
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The first time I saw Scotty he was racing the Kean University Pantera. The next thing I know he's throttling the AMF Platinum Princess.

Scotty I saw that pic of you and the Sheik. They must have been as impressed by you as much as everyone else who meets you is. I can't wait to see you and your new digs in Riviera.(BTW how did you pry the Prime Rigger away from MTI??)

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Congrats Scott and team AMF very impressive. Jo
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