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POWERBOAT P1 NOW BOASTS BIGGEST RACE SCHEDULE
Onwards and upwards for P1 and AquaX
CHARLOTTE HARBOUR LAUNCHES 2014 SUPERBOAT INTERNATIONAL SERIES
Gasse wins opening round as Miss Geico breaks down but where were the Qatar boats, did the UIM threat frighten them off ?
FABULOUS PRIZE FOR WINNING CREW IN 2014 NRC
Overall winning crew to win trip to Sharjah UAE for final UIM World F1 Chamionship
MONOHULLS JOIN UIM WORLD CLASS 1 FLEET
2014 sees a major change in Class 1 when the cats mix it with vee hulls
RACEBOAT INTERNATIONAL REACHES NEW HEIGHTS
It's about time we started blowing our own trumpet

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16-Apr-14 17:23
POWERBOAT P1 NOW BOASTS BIGGEST RACE SCHEDULE
Onwards and upwards for P1 and AquaX
David Sewell

P1 has announced a record race season this year for its SuperStock powerboats and AquaX

P1, the world’s biggest marine motorsport brand, has announced a record race season this year for its SuperStock powerboats and AquaX personal watercraft series in both in the USA and UK. A 70-race international calendar will get underway at Daytona Beach on the weekend of April 26/27 and the 6-event USA season will include Jacksonville for the first time, with another high-profile venue to be announced later this month.

The expansion of the USA race programme has attracted 10 SuperStock teams, including 2013 champions Andy Biddle and Tracy Blumenstein, and some 50 AquaX riders. P1 launched its AquaX series in the USA last year with just 7 competitors battling the Daytona surf, and next weekend the fleet of jet skis will have the water to itself with the SuperStock boats not starting their season until the middle of May in Stuart.   

All the P1 action will be broadcast in the USA in 24 half-hour weekly TV progammes from May to October on MAVTV and Fox Sports Florida, reaching over 40 million homes. “Media and broadcast relationships play a key role in building our national and international presence and in attracting commercial partners” explained P1 chief executive James Durbin. “MAVTV is available on the largest satellite platform in the United States in more than 32 million homes and, with the addition of more than 2,000 broadcast hours through our latest deals, we are confident that the interest and commercial value of the sport is set to increase rapidly.”

The launch of the new race season sees the Lycamobile Group become the official mobile partner to P1. The deal features flagship brand Lycamobile and travel management business LycaFly and forms part of a broader business partnership between the two companies. A Lycamobile-branded boat will race in both the UK and USA SuperStock Championships, and the company will be supporting a major AquaX initiative to be announced at the Daytona Beach race event on April 26.

Speaking at its office in Orlando, P1 USA director Azam Rangoonwala said: “This is a hugely exciting time for P1 as we have evolved into a genuine motorsport and are well on our way to creating a global sports property. With new racers, riders and host venues this season in the United States, and the significant growth of our AquaX series, I am confident that we have an outstanding package of sport and entertainment that will deliver significant value for sponsors and real economic impact for the host  venues.

 
14-Apr-14 19:04
CHARLOTTE HARBOUR LAUNCHES 2014 SUPERBOAT INTERNATIONAL SERIES
Gasse wins opening round as Miss Geico breaks down but where were the Qatar boats, did the UIM threat frighten them off ?
David Sewell

Gasse overtaking Billy Mauff's Superboatp, Photo Matt Houston

The biggest and fastest boats on the water lived up to the hype Sunday at the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix.

Tor Staubo and his crew from Oslo, Norway, drove the 48-foot Gasse to victory in the Superboat Unlimited class, averaging 119.47 miles per hour, as they sliced through the waves in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gasse edged out another 48-footer, CMS, which finished second at an average speed of 116.71 mph.

In all, 30 boats entered the water to race in seven different classes in the biggest boat race ever held in the Englewood area.

The Charlotte Harbor race was the first scheduled stop of the Super Boat International tour for 2014. The SBI circuit will be back in the area the first week of July for its annual race in Sarasota.

“We tested the boat on Saturday and everything went great,” Staubo said. “We had a First of all, it was a great day because there were no accidents,” Staubo said. “The next best thing was we had no mechanical problems. The boat held up great.

“And, of course, to make it an extra special day, we also won, as well.”

The Stihl boat, driven by Robert Noble Jr. of Orlando, took the title in the Superboat Class. The 38-foot vessel averaged 103.20 mph to defeat Broadco, which finished second.

Broadco, driven by Chuck Broadous of St. Clair, Mich., averaged exactly 99 mph.

Driver Michael Janssen of Denver made his long trip worth it by winning the Super Boat Vee class. Janssen averaged 81.03 mph as he drove Snowy Mountain Brewery to the win over second-place Sun Print, which averaged 80.03 mph.

The Snowy Mountain Brewery boat was one of the smallest on the water Sunday at 29 feet.

Robert Nunziato of Dania Beach drove the 32-foot boat called The Hulk to the win in Superboat Stock at an average speed of 90.83 mph.

Also, Gary Jones of Bradenton averaged 82.05 mph at the helm of the Black Pearl to win the Production 3 class.

plan coming in and we stuck to it. It worked out perfectly and we are very happy.”

The Gasse’s fastest lap was its first at a sizzling 123.8 mph.

However, the fastest lap of the day belonged to the CMS, driven by Bob Bull from Macks Creek, Mo. The CMS hit a brisk 128.5 mph on its first lap of the day.

It’s called the Unlimited class because there are no limits to the amount of horsepower the boats can possess. Of course, racing a boat with so much power can become a game of simply trying to keep the vessel from breaking down.

It can also be downright dangerous for the drivers trying to keep everything in one piece.

The defending world champion in the Super Unlimited class, Miss Geico of Riviera Beach, suffered mechanical problems and was not a factor on Sunday. First of all, it was a great day because there were no accidents,” Staubo said. “The next best thing was we had no mechanical problems. The boat held up great.

“And, of course, to make it an extra special day, we also won, as well.”

The Stihl boat, driven by Robert Noble Jr. of Orlando, took the title in the Superboat Class. The 38-foot vessel averaged 103.20 mph to defeat Broadco, which finished second.

Broadco, driven by Chuck Broadous of St. Clair, Mich., averaged exactly 99 mph.

Driver Michael Janssen of Denver made his long trip worth it by winning the Super Boat Vee class. Janssen averaged 81.03 mph as he drove Snowy Mountain Brewery to the win over second-place Sun Print, which averaged 80.03 mph.

The Snowy Mountain Brewery boat was one of the smallest on the water Sunday at 29 feet.

Robert Nunziato of Dania Beach drove the 32-foot boat called The Hulk to the win in Superboat Stock at an average speed of 90.83 mph.

Also, Gary Jones of Bradenton averaged 82.05 mph at the helm of the Black Pearl to win the Production 3 class.

 

 
11-Apr-14 10:03
FABULOUS PRIZE FOR WINNING CREW IN 2014 NRC
Overall winning crew to win trip to Sharjah UAE for final UIM World F1 Chamionship
David Sewell

Alex Carella racing in Sharjah

The overall winning crew of the 2014 National Raceboat Championship Series will win a fabulous prize of an all -in three day break to Sharjah, UAE for the final round of the UIM World Formula 1 Championship courtesy of F1H2o.

The prize  includes return flights for two from London-Dubai, hotel transfer, 2 single rooms at race hotel, lunch, VIP passes to pits and a dash around the F1 circuit in the two seater F1 boat.

To be eligable for the prize teams have to enter and take part in all four rounds of the NRC Series and teams just taking part in RYA National heats are not eligible.

The date of the Sharjah race is 12th December 2014 when temperatures in the UAE are around 35 degrees / 80 degrees.

 
08-Apr-14 14:43
MONOHULLS JOIN UIM WORLD CLASS 1 FLEET
2014 sees a major change in Class 1 when the cats mix it with vee hulls
David Sewell

Silverline testing in 2010 - Photo:Tim Tapping

With numbers dwindling in the UIM World Class 1 Series, the promoters decided to make a radical decision, invite Vee hulls into the mix and already six have taken up the challenge. 

They will race together under the prefix C1 and V1 and who knows on a tight circuit such as Abu Dhabi, there is a chance one of the quicker Vee boats could reach the podium. 

With the exception of Miles Jennings driving an Italian Fendi Racing cat, Brits have been very thin on the ground - but now- it looks like we might see a few new faces in this division with Drew Langdon expressing an interest with his Fountain 'Silverline' and I'm sure Peter Dredge in his Ilmor powered Martini Vector Racing boat will be tempted to have a go, (if his mount survives the London-Monte Carlo).

The likes of Dean Gibbs and Dorian Griffith will certainly be considering Nicolo di San Germano's new concept as both Gibbs and Griffith need more than a run out in the Cowes-Torquay to warrant keeping a boat for a once a year outing. 

The promoter has at least three venues lined up in 2014 with Abu Dhabi being the finale preceded by Italy, Ibiza and hopefully Bulgaria.

We recall the last time a Vee hull raced in Class 1 against a catamaran was back in the early 2000's when Andreas Ugland took part in several races in his Buzzi hull powered by twin Seatek diesels.

 

 

 

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