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The Solomons Offshore Grand Prix is not like any other race. It is the culmination of the season long grind where some teams can put the cherry on top or those not too far behind can pull an upset and be crowned the 2012 AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series National Champion sanctioned by OPA. For the third year in a row, Solomons has been the final stop of the OPA National tour which features race sites from Maryland to Michigan and even competes in Canada. These various sites provide different water conditions from bone rattling high seas of the Atlantic Ocean to the calm flat of lakes and rivers. As shown in all forms of racing, consistency proves the elite from the rest of the pack, a win or two doesn’t hurt either.

After two straight years of monsoon-like conditions, the weather for this year’s event was postcard perfect. On Saturday, Augie Pensa, of the former Jersey Boyz Offshore Race Team, brought back several memories of yesteryear with cooking his famous rib eyes smothered with “Hoboken Eddie’s Sauce”® which he made available to all the teams and fans alike. Testing was going along smoothly until Team Octane had a spin out and sustained unrepairable damage to the SVL point’s leader entering the race.

As the crowds gathered on the Solomons Boardwalk Sunday morning, they came to expect just another day at the races with the family. Jaws were on the ground when the race day was complete. Race 1 provided the most action packed racing of the day with Class 4, SVL, and Class 6. SVL is known as the most drama filled class in all of offshore and on this day, they did not disappoint. Two boats started the race behind the start/finish boat, two boats hit each other which resulted in one spinning out and this was even before Lap 1 was even completed. Tug It completed a spin out on Lap 6 and when the dust had settled, Pirate Racing was awarded the win after extensive review by OPA turn officials and video footage. This ruling allowed Pirate to claim the National title. Class 4 had the best “show” of the day in which Simmons Marine flexed their muscles, but was only able to pull out a one second victory over R&S Racing/Twin Screws, who claimed their first ever National Championship with their second place finish. Knot Guilty entered the race with a narrow lead over Wazzup II for the Class 6 high point’s title. Wazzup II came out and led from Lap 2 on to take the victory and created a tie between the two teams in points. After the tie-break scenario, Wazzup II emerged as the Class 6 National Champion.

Race 2 had the Super Vee and Class 5 competition. In Super Vee, Strictly Business ran a flawless race and claimed the victory over eventual National Title winner, Wazzup. Class 5 was a see-saw battle all day, but the worst enemy of all was the flat conditions, which caused several teams to break out of their bracketed speed of 75 mph and after the readings of the GPS’s, Saris Racing came out on top with National Points winner Pushin Tin extending their season of consistency by finishing second.

The Extreme Class consisting of Semper Fi Glass Cleaning and Miss Geico were the headline acts in Race 3 with Semper Fi bringing turbine engines to the table and Miss Geico down approximately 1000 hp to them with their new piston powered boat. Miss Geico took the early lead, but when Semper Fi settled in, they took over and claimed the victory. In Cat Lite and Class 1, it was winner take all for their respective class’s National Points title. PhoenixParts.com in Cat Lite and Cleveland Construction in Class 1 dominated from wire to wire to claim both the win as well as the National Championship. With the win in Cat Lite, PhoenixParts.com claimed the Overall High Points Title for the whole AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series which awards them the Stugots Cup. In Class 3, Bull on the Beach took the victory as well as the National Points title in their class.

Special thanks go out to Mike Yowaiski, the city of Solomons, Maryland, and the C.B.P.B.A. for rolling out the red carpet as always. Congratulations go out to the race winners as well as the National Champions in each class. The 2012 National Season is over, one more to go, the Palm Beach World Offshore Championships, October 18th – 21st , in Jupiter, Florida. All points reset to zero and with the two race scenario, the best of the best will emerge on top. Can the National Champs back up their season long dominance? Stay Tuned …

For the complete results and more information about the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA), go to www.oparacing.org

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Gold Cup winner Dave Villwock, left, shakes hands with third-place finisher J. Michael Kelly.

Qualifying Results

Number – Sponsor Driver Speed Points
1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 162.904 100
6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 161.789 80
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 157.184 70
11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 155.371 60
9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 154.471 50
17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 154.205 40
37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 152.497 30
22 Great Scott! Presents Matrix Systems Mike Webster 150.359 30
57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 147.862 30
13 Tubbys Grilled Subs Cal Phipps 130 0
88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 130 0
100 Jarvis Property Restoration Greg Hopp 130 0

RACE RESULTS

Results for Heat 1A

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 156.106 400
2 6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 150.736 300
3 9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 144.373 225
4 11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 126.22 169

Results for Heat 1B

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 151.621 400
2 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 150.347 300
3 88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 149.916 225
4 17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 130.18 169

Results for Heat 1C

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 100 Jarvis Property Restoration Greg Hopp 146.722 400
DNS 13 Tubbys Grilled Subs Cal Phipps 0 0
DNF 22 Great Scott! Presents Matrix Systems Mike Webster 0 0
DSQ 57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 146.842 0

Results for Heat 2A

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 139.248 400
2 9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 135.251 300
3 6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 123.466 225
4 88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 148.076 169

Results for Heat 2B

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 141.552 400
2 11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 139.363 300
DNF 100 Jarvis Property Restoration Greg Hopp 0 0
DSQ 17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 0 0

Results for Heat 2C

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 146.142 400
2 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 137.63 300
DNF 13 Tubbys Grilled Subs Cal Phipps 0 0

Results for Heat 3A

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 145.117 400
2 17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 143.3 300
3 9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 138.128 225
4 57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 132.08 169
5 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 131.906 127

Results for Heat 3B

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
2 6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 151.072 300
3 88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 139.862 225
4 11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 136.221 169
5 100 Jarvis Property Restoration Greg Hopp 127.595 127
PEN 400-50 1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 155.264 350

Results for Heat 4A

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 139.387 400
2 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 136.256 300
3 57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 128.419 225
DNS 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 0 0
DSQ 11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 0 0

Results for Heat 4B

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 142.445 400
2 9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 139.426 300
3 100 Jarvis Property Restoration Greg Hopp 132.857 225
DNS 17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 0 0
DSQ 88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 0 0

Results for Heat Final

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 151.089 400
2 6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 147.04 300
3 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 138.801 225
4 9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 138.018 169
5 57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 125.182 127
6 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 132.819 95

Accumulated Points

Number – Boat Driver Points
1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 1950
6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 1525
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 1295
37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 1252
9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 1219
57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 921
100 Jarvis Property Restoration Greg Hopp 752
11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 638
17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 638
88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 619
22 Great Scott! Presents Matrix Systems Mike Webster 0
13 Tubbys Grilled Subs Cal Phipps 0

Accumulated Points with Qualifying

Number – Boat Driver Points
1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 2050
6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 1605
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 1365
37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 1282
9 Miss Al Deeby Chrysler Jon Zimmerman 1269
57 Formulaboats.com Jarvis Fire-Water Repair Mark Evans 951
100 Jarvis Property Restoration Greg Hopp 752
11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 698
17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 678
88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 619
22 Great Scott! Presents Matrix Systems Mike Webster 30
13 Tubbys Grilled Subs Cal Phipps 0

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Race Date:  September 11, 2011

VIEW OVER 400  PHOTOS from the New York SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX 

SUPERBOAT UNLIMITED

  1. 21 Cintron
  2. 8 GASSE

SUPERBOAT VEE EXTREME

  1. 41 Two Cocks Fighting Apparel

SUPERBOAT VEE UNLIMITED

  1. V-01 Instigator

SUPER CAT

  1. 13 Stihl
  2. 33 Loriblu

SUPERBOAT VEE LIMITED

  1. 107 Absolutely Not
  2. 411 Octane

MANUFACTURER PROD 1

  1. P1-30 Twisted Metal
  2. P1-29 Cleveland Construction
  3. P1-12 Sheds Plus

MANUFACTURER PROD 3

  1. P3-8 Team Kilt

MANUFACTURER PROD 4

  1. 568 Immaculata Mighty Macs
  2. P4-1 Team Velocity
  3. P4-00 Peter’s & May
  4. P4-30 Dare Devil

MANUFACTURER PROD 6

  1. P6-23 Country Service Auto Trans

released:  August 26, 2011

Due to Hurricane Irene the race in Sayville, NY has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled

Race Date:  August 7, 2011

VIEW OVER 450 PHOTOS from the International Offshore PowerBoat Race

CAT LITE

  1. 77 AMSOIL

SUPER VEE

  1. V-6 Strictly Business
  2. V-1 Wazzup

CLASS 100

  1. 105 Lightning Jacks
  2. 129 Cleveland Construction
  3. 77 AMSOIL

CLASS 300
360 Bull on the Beach
323 Time Bandit
301 Car Plugs

CLASS 400
487 Jersey Outlaw
400 FormulaBoats.com
401 Simmons Racing
411 Octane
415 Peter’s & May

CLASS 500

  1. 512 Specialized Racing
  2. 568 Immaculata Mighty Macs
  3. 555 Adrenaline Rush
  4. 530 Whoz Your Daddy
  5. 517 Saris Racing
  6. 546 Optima Batteries

Class 600

  1. 669 Tyler Crockett Marine Engines
  2. 607 Akula
  3. 633 Wazzup II
  4. 670 Knot Guilty
  5. 611 Joker Powerboats
  6. 623 Country Service
  7. 606 Lock’Up
  8. 619 PFE Racing

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Race Date:  July 31, 2011

VIEW OVER 1000 PHOTOS from the ST CLAIR RIVER OFFSHORE CLASSIC

Extreme

  1. 113 Miss Geico
  2. 19 Cat Can Do

Super Cat

  1. 30 Talk’N Trash
  2. 31 Page Motorsports
  3. 45 JD Byrider

Cat Lite

  1. 388 Phoenix Parts.com
  2. 77 Amsoil
  3. 8 Infinity

Super Vee

  1. V-6 Strictly Business
  2. V-1 Wazzup

Super Stock

  1. S-29 Talbot Excavating
  2. S-01 Frank & Jimmy’s Propeller
  3. S-111 Ringleberg/The Wharf

Class 100

  1. 105 Lightning Jacks
  2. 129 Cleveland Construction
  3. 131 Geico Caveman
  4. 106 Wicked Performance

Class 300

  1. 360 Bull on the Beach
  2. 323 Time Bandit
  3. 322 TKO
  4. 301 Car Plugs

Class 400

  1. 400 FormulaBoats.com
  2. 401 Simmons Marine
  3. 487 Jersey Outlaw
  4. 411 Octane

Class 500

  1. 546 Team Optima
  2. 568 Immaculata Mighty Macs
  3. 555 Adrenaline Rush
  4. 531 Whoz Your Daddy
  5. 581 CWC Motorsports

Class 600

  1. 669 Tyler Crockett Marine
  2. 633 Wazzup II
  3. 611 Joker Powerboats
  4. 644 Knot Guilty
  5. 607 Akula
  6. 619 PFE Racing
  7. 613 Bad Newz

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Race Date:  July 4, 2011

VIEW ALL PHOTOS from the SPACE COAST SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX

SUPERBOAT UNLIMITED

  1. 21 Cintron
  2. 5 WHM Motorsports

SUPERBOAT VEE EXTREME

  1. 131 GEICO Caveman
  2. 41 Tow Cocks Fighting Apparel

SUPERBOAT VEE UNLIMITED

  1. V-01 Instigator

SUPERBOAT 850

  1. 31 Page Motorsports

TURBINE

  1. 113 Miss Geico

SUPER CAT

  1. 33 Loriblu
  2. 13 Stihl
  3. 01 Popeyes/Warpaint

SUPERBOAT VEE LIMITED

  1. 107 Absolutely Not
  2. 10 IMCO Offshore
  3. 104 Buccaneer Pawn
  4. 9 Phantom
  5. 51 Sun Print

SUPERBOAT STOCK

  1. S-1 Risk
  2. S-29 Talbot Excavating
  3. S-324 BK Motorsports
  4. S-111 Joyland Country Night Club
  5. S-12 Steve Quick Jewelers
  6. S-5 WHM Motorsports

MANUFACTURER P1

  1. P1-62 Fountain Talladega
  2. P1-12 Sheds Plus
  3. P1-30 Twisted Metal
  4. P1-01 Instgator

MANUFACTURER P2

  1. P2-11 Hawiian Tropic
  2. P2-777 Zipp Express
  3. P2-50 Muscle

MANUFACTURER P3

  1. P3-31 Pump It
  2. P3-23 Time Bandit Racing

MANUFACTURER P4

  1. P4-1 Team Velocity
  2. P4-2 Florida National Guard
  3. P4-30 Dare Devil
  4. P4-65 Broadway Bar
  5. P4-52 Offshore Addiction
  6. P4-00 Peters & May Racing
  7. P4-10 Jeff’s Phantom
  8. P4-18 Shogun

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Race Date:  June 17, 2011

VIEW OVER 1000 PHOTOS from the SUNNY ISLES BEACH OFFSHORE CHALLENGE

Extreme
1st 113 Miss Geico
2nd 21 Cintron
3rd 10 Lamborghini Miami

Cat Lite
1st 77 Amsoil
2nd 388 Phoenix Parts.com
3rd 8 Infinity
4th 33 Loriblu (dns)

Class 100
1st 130 Twisted Metal
2nd 129 Cleveland Construction
3rd 131 Geico Caveman

Class 200
1st V-1 Wazzup
2nd S-111 Taverna Opa

Class 400
1st 400Formula Boats.com

Class 500
1st 568 Mighty Mac
2nd 517 Saris
3rd 529 Typhoon
4th 510 Mitigator
5th 511 Team Blythe Racing
6th 552 Anger Management
7th 546 Team Optima

Class 600
1st 611 Joker Powerboats
2nd 633 Wazzup II
3rd 606 Lock’d Up Bandit

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Released:  May 2011

The 2011 Atlantic City Offshore Grand Prix, scheduled for June 3rd, 4th, and 5th has been cancelled.

Please keep checking the web sites for updated information on the new date for this event.
http://oparacing.org/ or http://www.njoffshore.org/

Race Date:  May 22, 2011

VIEW ALL PHOTOS from the SPACE COAST SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX 

SUPERBOAT UNLIMITED

  1. 5 WHM Motorsports
  2. 3 CMS

SUPERBOAT VEE EXTREME

  1. 131 GEICO Caveman

TURBINE

  1. 113 Miss GEICO
  2. 741 Miss Mary Mac

SUPER CAT

  1. 33 SUPERBOAT VEE EXTREM
  2. 13 STihl
  3. 8 Infinity
  4. 01 Popeyes/Warpaint

SUPERBOAT VEE LIMITED

  1. 107 Absolutely Not
  2. 51 Sun Print

SUPERBOAT STOCK

  1. S-29 Talbot Excavating
  2. S-111 Reliable Service
  3. S-516 Castranova
  4. S-324 You’re Gonna Have That
  5. S-1 Risk

MANUFACTURER PROD 1

  1. P1-30 Twisted Metal
  2. P1-62 Fountain Talladega
  3. P1-12 Sheds Plus
  4. P1-5 media Master

MANUFACTURER PROD 2

  1. P2-777 Zipp Express

MANUFACTURER PROD 4

  1. P4-1 Team Velocity
  2. P4-30 Dare Devil
  3. P4-65 JP Motorsports
  4. P4-00 Peters & May Racing
  5. P4-2 Florida National Guard

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Race Dates:  October 15 & 17

VIEW OVER 1400 PHOTOS from the THUNDER ON THE GULF ~ OPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

SUPERCAT
1st 30 TalkN Trash

SUPERCAT EXTREME
1st  96 Spirit of Qatar I
2nd  95 Spirit of Qatar

CAT LITE
1st  77 AMSOIL
2nd  8 Infinity

TURBINE
1st  113 Miss GEICO

SUPER VEE
1st  V-1 Wazzup
2nd  V-6 Strictly Business

CLASS 100
1ST  105 Lightning Jacks

CLASS 300
1st   360 Bull On The Beach
2nd   377 Wanted Racing
3rd   322 TKO

CLASS 400
1st  401 Simmons Racing
2nd  400 FormulaBoats.com
3rd  429 Typhoon
4th  430 DareDevil
5th  487 Jersey Outlaw

CLASS 500
1st   555 Adrenaline Rush
2nd  540 Boat Responsibly
3rd   546 Reinforcer
4th   510 Mitigator
5th    517 Saris Racing

CLASS 600
1st   607 Akula
2nd  633 Wazzup II
3rd   619 PFE
4th   605 Reindl One
5th   611 Cotner Trailers

SUPER VEE LITE
1st  29 Typhoon
2nd  23 Time Bandit
3rd  411 Team Octane
4th  21 Pirate Racing

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Race Dates:  October 17

VIEW OVER 1400 PHOTOS from the THUNDER ON THE GULF ~ OPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

SUPERCAT
1st 30 TalkN Trash

SUPERCAT EXTREME
1st   96 Spirit of Qatar I
2nd  95 Spirit of Qatar

CAT LITE
1st   77 AMSOIL
2nd  8 Infinity

TURBINE
1st  113 Miss GEICO

SUPER VEE
1st   V-1 Wazzup
2nd  V-6 Strictly Business

CLASS 100
1ST  105 Lightning Jacks

CLASS 300
1st   360 Bull On The Beach
2nd  377 Wanted Racing
3rd   322 TKO

CLASS 400
1st   401 Simmons Racing
2nd  400 FormulaBoats.com
3rd   430 DareDevil
4th   429 Typhoon
DNS  487 Jersey Outlaw

CLASS 500
1st   540 Boat Responsibly
2nd  555 Adrenaline Rush
3rd   546 Reinforcer
4th   510 Mitigator
DNS  517 Saris Racing

CLASS 600
1st   607 Akula
2nd  605 Reindl One
3rd   619 PFE
4th   633 Wazzup II
DNS  611 Cotner Trailers

SUPER VEE LITE
1st   29 Typhoon
2nd  23 Time Bandit
3rd   411 Team Octane
4th   21 Pirate Racing

all photos by LucidideeFastBoats

Race Date:  October 15

VIEW OVER 1400 PHOTOS from the THUNDER ON THE GULF ~ OPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

SUPERCAT
1st 30 TalkN Trash

SUPERCAT EXTREME
1st  96 Spirit of Qatar I
2nd  95 Spirit of Qatar

CAT LITE
1st  77 AMSOIL
2nd  8 Infinity

TURBINE
1st  113 Miss GEICO

SUPER VEE
1st  V-1 Wazzup
2nd  V-6 Strictly Business

CLASS 100
1ST  105 Lightning Jacks

CLASS 300
1st   360 Bull On The Beach
2nd  322 TKO
3rd   377 Wanted Racing

CLASS 400
1st   400 FormulaBoats.com
2nd  401 Simmons Racing
3rd   429 Typhoon
4th   430 DareDevil
5th   487 Jersey Outlaw

CLASS 500
1st   517 Saris Racing
2nd  555 Adrenaline Rush
3rd   546 Reinforcer
4th   540 Boat Responsibly
5th   510 Mitigator

CLASS 600
1st   607 Akula
2nd  633 Wazzup II
3rd   619 PFE
4th   611 Cotner Trailers
5th   605 Reindl One

SUPER VEE LITE
Exibition Race

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Race Date:  October 3, 2010

SUPERCAT
1st 96 Spirit of Qatar I
2nd 95 Spirit of Qatar
3rd 30 TalkN Trash
4th 5 WHM

CAT LITE
1st 388 PhoenixParts.com

SUPER VEE
1st V-6 Strictly Business
2nd V-1 Wazzup

TURBINE
1st 113 Miss GEICO

CLASS 100
1ST 105 Lightning Jacks
2nd 129 Cleveland Construction

CLASS 300
1st 322 TKO
2nd 377 Wanted Racing
3rd 360 Bull On The Beach

CLASS 400
1st 311 Chiro One
2nd 400 FormulaBoats.com
3rd 23 Time Bandit
4th 466 Progessive Motorsports

CLASS 500
1st 512 Specialized Racing
2nd 540 Boat Responsibly
3rd 555 Adrenaline Rush/Power One
4th 517 Saris Racing
5th 546 Reinforcer
6th 530 Whoz Your Daddy
7th 444 Steady Pumping
8th 568 Outrageous

CLASS 600
1st 611 Cotner Tailers
2nd 633 Wazzup II
3rd 670 Knot Guilty
4th 626 Maxed Out Motorsports
5th 650 Nopper Marine

all photos by LucidideeFastBoats

Race Date:  September 19, 2010

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Hurricane Igor forces organizers to cancel Atlantic City power boat races

By BRIAN IANIERI Staff Writer for Press of Atlantic City on September 19, 2010
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ATLANTIC CITY – Hurricane Igor proved too powerful for the fastest power boats in the world, as rough surf created by the storm in Bermuda canceled Atlantic City’s hyped return to power boat racing Sunday.

Despite the setback, the Offshore Power Boat Association plans to bring a race to Atlantic City next year, spokesman Frank Caiozzo said.

The Offshore Power Boat Association’s “Lightning on the Water” was to be Atlantic City’s first return to the sport since 2004. The race, part of the association’s series, was to be televised on Versus.

But conditions from Hurricane Igor, a Category 1 storm that hit Bermuda on Sunday, created rough waves and heavy surf that prompted the Coast Guard and power boat officials to call off the race for safety reasons, Caiozzo said.

The planned noontime start was pushed back in hopes the ocean conditions would improve. But they did not.
The event drew a scattering of spectators to the beach near the Steel Pier. Some brought binoculars and beach chairs as they waited for nearly an hour for the race to begin.

But the size of the waves beating against the pier made onlookers doubt whether the race would take place. Otherwise, the weather was warm, with temperatures reaching a high of 81 for the day, AccuWeather data show. Today’s forecast calls for a high of 77 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

John Miletto, of Galloway Township, watched through his binoculars for a race that never started. A speed enthusiast, Miletto said he planned to go home to watch drag racing on television Sunday night after his plans for the day did not pan out.

Brian and Janet Orey, of Hightstown, Mercer County, waited in their beach chairs as they watched the waves. “I’m a little upset, but at least there’s nice weather,” Brian Orey said.

Caiozzo said Sunday’s surf was particularly dangerous to power boats because racers could have lost sight of one another among the waves.

“Also, if a boat breaks down out there and he’s caught in the race course, boaters might not be able to see him,” he said.

Because of the length of time needed to obtain permits, the event cannot be rescheduled this year, Caiozzo said.
“We’re going to be working on this again next year. This is something good for Atlantic City,” he said.

Boats in ATTENDANCE

SUPERCAT
5 WHM
30 TalkN Trash
95 Spirit of Qatar
96 Spirit of Qatar I

CAT LITE
8 Infinity
77 AMSOIL

SUPER VEE
V-1 Wazzup
V-6 Strictly Business
207 R-Rated

TURBINE
113 Miss GEICO

CLASS 100
105 Lightning Jacks
129 Cleveland Construction

CLASS 300
322 TKO
360 Bull On The Beach

CLASS 400
400 FormulaBoats.com
401 Simmons Racing
311 Chiro One
429 Typhoon
466 Progressive Motorsports
469 On The Rocks
487 Jersey Outlaw

CLASS 500
510 Mitigator
511 Blythe Racing
512 Specialized Racing
517 Saris Racing
529 Typhoon I
530 Whoz Your Daddy
532 Dock Blood
540 Boat Responsibly
546 Reinforcer
555 Adrenaline Rush/Power One
568 Outrageous

CLASS 600
611 Cotner Trailers
633 Wazzup II
650 Nopper Marine

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