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Default Don Aronow Memorial Race...Sept 24th

HORBA is extending a special invitation to enter the Second Annual Don Aronow Memorial Around Long Island Marathon.

This is old school racing just like in the 60's 70's and 80's. With real open ocean racing, you don't have to run 10/10ths, you just have to have a well prepared boat and crew who know how to read a chart.

Last year the event was won by a 1987 30 foot Sonic, with twin small blocks and Alpha drives with showers on them. Pure pleasure boat, not a special built race boat.

There are many ports around Long Island for refueling along the way. The winner stopped in Shinnecock last year for a refueling stop.

There is a small boat class also, that starts before the bigger boats. Make it a once in a lifetime experience......do it just like the legends of the past did. A great way to end your boating season....nice memories all winter.

Presented by HORBA and Billy Frenz's National Powerboat Assocoiation. www.nationalpowerboat.com

Smallest entry for the small boat class is an 18 foot Donzi and we have the largest at 50 feet.
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Past Winners:


1959: Jim Lacy 17' HUNTER w/70 HP Merc O/B 8 hrs and 30 min

avg: 34.2 mph 280 miles



1960: Chuck Mercereau 17' POWER CAT w/2-80 HP Merc O/B's 6 hrs

avg: 46.7 mph 280 miles



1961: Sam Griffith 31'Bertram GlASS MOPPIE 2-330 HP Chryslers 6 hrs 22 min

avg: 44 mph 280 miles



1962: Jim Wynne 19' Glastron GULFSTREAM 2-100 HP Volvos 6 hrs and 2 min

avg: 42.9 mph 258.8 miles



1963: Gene Bianco 19'ELTRO 2-100 HP Merc O/B's 5 hrs and 26 min

avg: 44.2 mph 240 miles



1964: Odell Lewis 25' Bertram MONA LOU 2-310 HP MerCruisers 5 hrs and 6 min

avg: 48 mph 245 miles



1965: Stanley Humes 20' OWENS 225 HP MerCruiser 7 hrs and 45 min

avg: 30.2 mph 234 miles



1966: Alan Brown 28'Donzi BROAD JUMPER 2-530HP Holman& Moodys 4 hrs & 42 min

avg: 53.8 mph 253 miles



1967: Dick Genth 28'Formula THUNDERBIRD IV 450 HP MerCruiser 5 hrs & 23 min

avg: 47 mph 253 miles



1968: Bill Sirois 31'Bertram SIDEWINDER 2-475 HP MerCruisers 3 hrs & 59 min
Fred Keikaufer

avg: 63.5 mph 253 miles



1969:Peter Rittmaster 31' Bertram AMERICAN MOPPIE 2-475HP MerCs 4 HRS& 33 min

avg: 48.9 mph 222.5 miles



1989:Stu Hayim 32' Skater, RECOVERY set the record for this course at 3 hr 6min

with Joey Impresscia on the throttles.


2010:Joe DeFusco 30'Sonic 30SS "Knot Dreaming" 2-310 small block PCM V8 in 6hr 15min. 271 mile course.
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The unrestored 1969 32 foot Cary, will be on display at the race headquarters.

This boat will be restored back to the original livery used by Don Aronow, in his winning bid for the World Championship in 1969.
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ALA 1960,,,,,,,,, Anyone care to run that race in a 17ft. Powecat the way Chuck Mersereau did,,,,, and average that speed?????????????
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I believe Northeast Performance/ Rage Powerboats will be entering with a 27 Activator/Rage. 2 man crew and ready to have fun!
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I believe Northeast Performance/ Rage Powerboats will be entering with a 27 Activator/Rage. 2 man crew and ready to have fun!
I've seen your boats at different poker runs up here in the NE and you guys should be very competitive.

Remember, don't lose the race on the first leg, keep a little something in reserve for that long run down the beach on the way to the finish line.
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I've seen your boats at different poker runs up here in the NE and you guys should be very competitive.

Remember, don't lose the race on the first leg, keep a little something in reserve for that long run down the beach on the way to the finish line.
Advise from you is always welcomed!

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ALA 1960,,,,,,,,, Anyone care to run that race in a 17ft. Powecat the way Chuck Mersereau did,,,,, and average that speed?????????????
This is the "old man"
I was sitting in Long Island Sound when they came by..
Those "tower of power" tall 6 cylinder Mercs!
I swore I would have a cat one day..
took 40 years!!!!
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Why do we honor these guys anyway????

Well Don was never one to stop with the status quo. Here is a small example of what he was thinking of when the cats started to come alive as a potential design.

He took a cat design and used a totally different engine combo and layout and .....a new world record of 175 MPH.
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How about the 1961 winner....Sam Griffith???

Where do we start?? Full Colonel in the Air Force. Survived a couple of parachute drops where the chute didn't open, won some medals along the way....Silver Star, Air Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Two Bronze Stars and several Purple Hearts for his combat duties.


John Crouse once wrote:
No man could be better suited to take on the ocean than Sam was. No man could better challenge fate with fearlessness, color, and enthusiasm. Once in regalia of battle with a mighty boat under his feet, Sam Griffith assumed the qualities of tempered steel, driven on by a will of like substance....asking no quarter and offering none. As it should be with the great.

Please note on the photo below of boat number 88 and his list of accomplishments with boats, next to the last item is.......Won Around Long Island Marathon. This is your chance to walk in the footsteps of legends.......and make your own history.
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