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Old 10-20-2003, 08:09 PM
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From what I know about racing, and friends that I have who are past and present racers, there are only two types of racers out there.

Ones that have flipped, wrecked etc, and the second is those that are going to flip, wreck etc.

It's part of the spot, people make mistakes, you have mechanical failures. I think it is something you sign up for.

If it was safe than they insurance companies would offer insurance for boats. Also, it is my understanding that you can't get life insurance if you are a professional racer?
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Question I'm confused....

If long straightaways arre no good (too fast) and tight turns are no good (too crowded), what's left?
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Thank God no one was hurt..........

I wonder if the concept of putting 9,000 lb offshore cats in a situation where the first turn is as crucial as in a three lap hydroplane heat race....ought to be re-examined?

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As I stated on another thread.. We came to the pier and saw the bouys (turn 1 & 2) and were told thats the course.. I told my friend no way!! Let's go to the front of the pier where the action will be.... Little did I know!!!

Does Freeze Frame have any photos of the course and or that turn...??
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Old 10-20-2003, 08:43 PM
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Nick (Photographer of the year) Did you ask the Speedchannel guys if they caught the incident??

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As a has been supercat racer, I will say this:

You have to be one of the first to turn one to win the race.

There is not enough speed difference between the boats for a boat to catch the leader from 6th place.

Most of that has to do with running in traffic and messy water.

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If long straightaways arre no good (too fast) and tight turns are no good (too crowded), what's left?
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I think the reference was in context of the particular situation. Having so many large boats running so fast into a turn that is not only sharp but narrow is exceedingly dangerous. Apparently they were not given the green flag until far down the straight and very close to turn one. This did not allow for ample time for the boats to spread out a bit going into a very narrow and sharp turn. It would appear that the situation MAY have been avoided had one of the following occurred:

1. The green been dropped earlier to allow for a bit more spread out field

2. Turn one had more room laterally to avoid more than one boat attempting to occupy the same space at the same time due to limited space. (I think there is some law of physics about this. Is there an engineer in the house? )

3. Had turn one been less drastic in terms of how sharp the boats had to turn to navigate it successfully

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Flat water races usually have more accidents. It wouldn't matter how long - short - wide or what the turns are like. Trim it up - no tab and haul ass and somebody will always crash - BH
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But makes for great TV!! You drag race those boats down the straight away into a turn like that and what happens surprises anyone? Isn't that the same thing that happened to the Anderson's boat 2 years ago at St. Pete when the purple hair dude hit them?
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