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6-venue World Championship in the United States will build towards an international series in 2024.

Fleet of 8 class 1 boats expected to compete in this season’s championship., new event in the city of sheboygan on lake michigan with season finale in miami..

Powerboat P1 has today announced the UIM Class 1 World Championship race calendar for the 2023 season, which sees the series heading to Wisconsin for the first time and returning to favourite locations in Florida and Indiana. A fleet of eight Class 1 boats is expected to compete in the six-venue championship from May through to September.

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In October 2020, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) assigned to Powerboat P1 the international rights to Class 1 racing in an exclusive ten-year agreement that includes organisational and promotion rights to the world championship. However, with the pandemic seriously impacting the 2021 season by preventing overseas teams from traveling to the United States, it wasn’t until this year that P1 was able to action its plans to attract more race teams and grow the series through social media and building the worldwide television audience.

Racing will kick off at Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast in late May, before moving to the Gulf Coast at the end of June when the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix will celebrate its 38 th  anniversary. In August the series will head north to Indiana for the Michigan City Great Lakes Grand Prix, and a new event in the Wisconsin city of Sheboygan on the western shore of Lake Michigan will host the Mercury Racing MidWest Challenge.

Featuring the top categories of U.S. powerboat racing including Class 1, the three-day festival is expected to attract more than thirty teams to race along the Sheboygan waterfront. In early September the Class 1 fleet will be back on the Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, and P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala is in advanced discussions to stage a season finale in Miami. “We raced in this iconic city in 2018 and returning this year with the Class 1 boats would create an outstanding climax to the 2023 championship,” said Rangoonwala.

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“As we look ahead to the 2023 season, I can confirm that both the M CON Racing Team and Sudrheim Offshore Racing will be joining the series to give us an international field of eight boats with teams representing Australia, Sweden, Norway and, of course, the United States,” said P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala. “The M CON team will compete in a fully branded Monster Energy boat. This new canopied Skater 438 catamaran is the first purpose-built Class 1 boat for more than a decade. With Sudrheim Racing flying the flag for Norway next year, we can look forward to another Scandinavian team battling for the world title.”

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This season’s championship will build towards an international race calendar in 2024 with host venues in Scandinavia and the Middle East being added to the schedule. In five years’ time, the key goal in P1’s development plan is to have twelve Class 1 teams racing at ten international venues. “Our live streaming this season will be significantly enhanced by the introduction of a new timing system which will show boat positions, distances between boats, speeds and lap times as live graphics,” explained Rangoonwala.

“We’re on an exciting journey and our mantra is to take UIM Class 1 back to the pinnacle of offshore racing,”

added Rangoonwala.

UIM Class 1 World Championship – 2023 Race Calendar:

18-21: MayThunder: on Cocoa Beach.

June 30 – 2 July: Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix.

4-6 August: Michigan City Great Lakes Grand Prix. tbc

11-13 August: Sheboygan – Mercury Racing MidWest Challenge.

1-3 September: St. Petersburg Powerboat Grand Prix.

TBC: Miami Powerboat Grand Prix : tbc

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February 1, 2023

Powerboat P1 has announced the UIM Class 1 World Championship race calendar for the 2023 season, which sees the series heading to Wisconsin for the first time and returning to favorite locations in Florida and Indiana. A fleet of eight Class 1 boats is expected to compete in the six-venue championship from May through to September.

In October 2020, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) assigned to Powerboat P1 the international rights to Class 1 racing in an exclusive ten-year agreement that includes organizational and promotion rights to the world championship. However, with the pandemic seriously impacting the 2021 season by preventing overseas teams from traveling to the United States, it wasn’t until this year that P1 was able to action its plans to attract more race teams and grow the series through social media and building the worldwide television audience.

Racing will kick off at Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast in late May, before moving to the Gulf Coast at the end of June when the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix will celebrate its 38th anniversary. In August the series will head north to Indiana for the Michigan City Great Lakes Grand Prix, and a new event in the Wisconsin city of Sheboygan on the western shore of Lake Michigan will host the Mercury Racing MidWest Challenge. Featuring the top categories of U.S. powerboat racing including Class 1, the three-day festival is expected to attract more than thirty teams to race along the Sheboygan waterfront. In early September the Class 1 fleet will be back on the Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, and P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala is in advanced discussions to stage a season finale in Miami. “We raced in this iconic city in 2018 and returning this year with the Class 1 boats would create an outstanding climax to the 2023 championship,” Rangoonwala said.                

“As we look ahead to the 2023 season, I can confirm that both the M CON Racing Team and Sudrheim Offshore Racing will be joining the series to give us an international field of eight boats with teams representing Australia, Sweden, Norway and, of course, the United States,” said Rangoonwala. “The M CON team will compete in a fully branded Monster Energy boat. This new canopied Skater 438 catamaran is the first purpose-built Class 1 boat for more than a decade. With Sudrheim Racing flying the flag for Norway next year, we can look forward to another Scandinavian team battling for the world title.”

This season’s championship will build towards an international race calendar in 2024 with host venues in Scandinavia and the Middle East being added to the schedule. In five years’ time, the key goal in P1’s development plan is to have twelve Class 1 teams racing at ten international venues. “Our live streaming this season will be significantly enhanced by the introduction of a new timing system which will show boat positions, distances between boats, speeds and lap times as live graphics,” explained Rangoonwala. “We’re on an exciting journey and our mantra is to take UIM Class 1 back to the pinnacle of offshore racing."

UIM Class 1 World Championship – 2023 Race Calendar

Thunder on Cocoa Beach : May 18-21 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix : June 30 – July 2 Michigan City Great Lakes Grand Prix : Aug. 4-6* Sheboygan - Mercury Racing MidWest Challenge : Aug. 11-13 St. Petersburg Powerboat Grand Prix : Sept. 1-3 Miami Powerboat Grand Prix*

*To be confirmed

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What is Offshore Powerboat Class 1? Rules, Specs, Speed, and Main Events

The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) hosts the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, an international motorboat racing event for powerboats ( UIM ).

Offshore Powerboat Class 1 is the world’s best class for offshore powerboat racing. It creates a stunning race series by fusing driving prowess with technology. The highest level of offshore powerboat racing, Offshore Powerboat Class 1 is frequently compared to Formula 1 auto racing.

Offshore Powerboat Class 1 Team Allen Lawn Care shows a clean pair of heels and wins the Super Stock

One of the most magnificent marine motorsports is Class 1. An Offshore Powerboat Class 1 race boat features two inboard 1100 horsepower engines and is capable of exceeding 257 kilometers per hour (160 mph). The minimum weight requirement for boats is 4950 kg.

History of Offshore Powerboat Class 1 racing

Since the first race was ever documented in 1887 in Nice, France, and was run by the Paris Sailing Club, the sport of powerboat racing has seen unheard-of transformations.

The Poissy Sailing Club hosted a 62-mile race in Meulan on the River Seine in 1903, and a 230-mile race from Paris to Trouville was also won by the French. But a 22-mile race from Calais, France, to Dover, England, was the first one to receive formal recognition as an international offshore powerboat race.

The first running of the renowned Miami-Nassau race, which eventually led to the introduction of the Sam Griffith Memorial Trophy and a UIM-sanctioned World Championship in 1964, marked the beginning of the modern age of offshore powerboat racing on May 6, 1956. From 1964 through 1976 , points accrued from numerous races staged at various locations across the world were used to determine the World Championship winner. From 1977 to 1991 , a single event at the end of the year held a series of races to determine the champion. In 1992, the World Championship switched back to a multi-event structure.

Since the U.I.M originally approved Offshore Powerboat Class 1 in 1964 , technological advancements have advanced significantly. Jim Wynne, Dick Bertram, and Don Aronow, t hree Americans, led the race for technological superiority shortly after it began, with Daytona, Mercruiser, and AeroMarine power plants dominating.

But the pendulum swung in the 1980s, ushering in a time when European design predominated. The James Beard-Clive Curtis Cougar catamarans, Italian producers Picchiotti and CUV, and Don Shead’s Aluminum monohulls set the pace. With the development of glass-reinforced polymer hulls, turbocharged engines, and integral surface drives, Fabio Buzzi made a significant advancement.

The 1990s saw the rise of Michael Peter’s design and the dominance of Tencara and Victory hulls , with Sterling, Lamborghini, Seatek, and more recently, Mercury sharing the power battle. Modern racers are pushing the frontiers of what is possible with their boats and cutting-edge technology in their never-ending quest for competitive greatness.

If this whets your appetite, keep a look out for the upcoming article “ Powerboat Racing classes ” on this website.

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Main Types And Specifications Of The Boats Used For Offshore Powerboat Class 1 Racing?

Most of the vessels in the Offshore Powerboat Class 1 fleet are catamarans. They have a stepped hull design (you can learn more about stepped hulls in the “ Stepped Hulls ” article) and usually are made of advanced composites like carbon and Kevlar. They are typically 12-14 meters long, 3.5 meters broad, and powered by inboards with surface-piercing propellers. They weigh about 5 tonnes.

As safety has grown to be a top priority over time, modern Offshore Powerboat Class 1 boats are the safest they have ever been. An escape hatch in the hull serves as an extra measure of protection in the event of an accident, and the cockpit is reinforced to withstand the severe impacts that could happen if a boat crashes at speeds greater than 150 mph.

The fleet is made up of brands including Maritimo, MTI, Outerlimits, Tencara, and Victory. All boats have petrol engines that range from Mercury or Outerlimits V8 to 8.2 liter V12s from Lamborghini-SKEMA or SCAM, with the Victory Team using an 8.2 liter V12 from Victory.

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The Bond Between Man And Machine

An Offshore Powerboat Class 1 race boat is highly technical and state-of-the-art and its overall performance is dependent on design, aero and hydrodynamics, choice of a propeller, and gear ratio selection. The crew is kept informed of the boat’s progress during a race using satellite GPS systems, trim indicators, engine data dashboards, instrument panels, and danger lights inside the cockpit.

There will be two main people in the cockpit, The driver, who navigates and directs the boat, and the throttle-man, who sets the speed by manipulating the throttles and the trim, are the two crew members of each boat . The relationship between the driver and throttle man, who navigate and control the power and must directly input to adjust the trim and drive settings during a race or official qualifying, plays a huge role in the outcome of the race.

A close working relationship and complete trust are necessary for this combination. Imagine operating the accelerator when you are driving and your passenger. The fastest drivers, in the eyes of spectators, will win if the crew simply jumps into the cockpit. This a reasonable argument, but one that ignores the expertise and professionalism of the pilots who routinely soar over the waves at speeds exceeding 160 mph(250 km/h) .

To decide the race setup, including the type of propeller needed for the weather, gear ratio settings, the amount of fuel required, and race tactics, both pilots work closely with their pit crews. The choice of a propeller can make or break a championship as well as a race.

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Main Rules Of Offshore Powerboat Class 1

The UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship consists of eight races at four locations, with races lasting roughly 55 or 75 Nm and numerous laps lasting approximately 5 Nm (including one or two mandatory long laps). The team with the most total points at the end of the season wins the World Championship. A winning team receives 20 points, a runner-up receives 15, and a third-place team receives 12 points.

The first day of a Grand Prix weekend is dedicated to registration, technical inspection, the first practice session, and driver briefings. On day two, the Edox Pole Position (qualification), which counts toward a separate championship, is held in the morning, followed by Race 1 in the late morning. The Edox Pole Position is held on the Grand Prix course, just as the practice sessions, providing the crews more time to become comfortable with the track and weather conditions and make setup decisions.

The Pole-sitter (person with the best time) lines up closest to the official start boat as it serves as the qualifying round for the starting line-up for Race 1 . Teams must execute a minimum of one timed lap during the Edox Pole Position, which lasts 45 minutes. Teams are permitted to return to the wet pits to make setup tweaks, but they are only allowed a total of 10 minutes under the crane.

On day three, Race 2 is held in the afternoon after a last practice session in the morning. A Nor-Tech 3600 Supercat official pace boat sets the starting order for each race, moving at a controlled speed as it leads the boats out of the wet pits and into a line abreast under a yellow or amber flashing light. For Race 1, the starting order for Race 2 is determined by Race 1’s finishing position, and Race 1’s starting order is determined by Race 1’s finishing position.

Each race has 11–15 laps and is 55–75 Nm in duration , with one or two extended laps being required. The winner of the World Championship is decided by adding the outcomes of each race. Specific events that occur in such geographical areas serve as the benchmarks for the European Championship and the Middle East Championship.

What Are The Safety Measures In Place During Class 1 Offshore Powerboat Races?

Safety is of the utmost importance in Class 1 offshore powerboat racing, and several measures are in place to ensure the safety of the participants and the public. The UIM sets the safety standards for Class 1 racing, and these standards cover everything from the design of the boats to the safety equipment required by the drivers.

Some of the safety measures in place during Class 1 offshore powerboat races include:

  • Each boat is required to have a minimum of two crew members, including a driver and a throttleman.
  • All crew members are required to wear personal flotation devices and helmets.
  • Boats are required to have a number of safety features, including automatic fire extinguishers and emergency kill switches.

Offshore Powerboat Class 1 Main Events

An Offshore Powerboat Class 1 season consists of a Grand Prix series, which includes two races, one official qualifying session (also known as Pole Position), and three official practice sessions. The winners of the World Championship, the European Championship, and the Middle East Championship are determined by unique events that take place in those geographical areas.

Some of the main events in the United States are as follows,

  • Thunder on Cocoa Beach – Cocoa Beach, FL
  • Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix – Sarasota, FL
  • Great Lakes Grand Prix – Michigan City, IN
  • St. Pete Powerboat Grand Prix – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Roar Offshore – Fort Myers Beach, FL
  • Key West Championships – Key West, FL

Some of the most popular International Class 1 offshore powerboat races include:

  • Dubai Grand Prix : Held in Dubai, UAE, this race is part of the UIM World Championship series and attracts top teams from around the world. The race is held on a 6.1 km circuit and is known for its challenging conditions and high-speed racing.
  • Cowes-Torquay-Cowes : This race is held in the UK and is considered to be one of the oldest and most prestigious offshore powerboat races in the world. The race covers a distance of 200 miles and is known for its challenging conditions and unpredictable weather.
  • Italian Grand Prix : This race is held in Italy and is part of the UIM World Championship series. The race is held on a 5.5 km circuit and attracts top teams and drivers from around the world. The race is known for its high-speed racing and challenging conditions.

The Offshore Powerboat Class 1 race is one of the most thrilling and accelerating boat races around the world. The races can take place in a variety of places, including the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean. The sport is considered risky and demands a great degree of expertise and training to engage in.

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What is Offshore Powerboat Class 1?

Offshore Powerboat Class 1 is a high-speed powerboat racing event that is internationally recognized and considered the highest level of offshore powerboat racing in the world. It is hosted by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and is often compared to Formula 1 auto racing.

Who are the top teams in Offshore Powerboat Racing Class 1?

Offshore Powerboat Racing Class 1 features some of the best teams and drivers in the world, competing at the highest level of the sport. The top teams are those that consistently perform well in races and have a track record of success. Some of the most successful teams in Class 1 history include Victory Team, Dubai, and Qatar Team.

How did offshore powerboat racing class 1 come about?

Offshore Powerboat Racing Class 1 came about in 1964 when the first offshore powerboat race was held in Miami, Florida. The event was called the Miami-Nassau Powerboat Race, and it was a 184-mile race that was won by Dick Bertram in his 30-foot Bertram boat. The success of the Miami-Nassau Powerboat Race led to the formation of the American Power Boat Association (APBA), which was created to promote offshore powerboat racing in the United States.

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Finale—Winning the Battle of Attrition

Offshore powerboat racing isn’t a sport with much team continuity. It’s the nature of the sport because, truth be told, the turnover rate is pretty high compared to other motorsports. At the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix on July 2, two veteran teams proved that experience matters with impressive wins in the sport’s premier classes.

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Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella of the 222 Offshore Australia team have been demonstrating the strength of experience in the last two years of Class 1 offshore competition and took a well-deserved win in the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

First, Darren Nicholson of Australia and Giovanni Carpitella of Italy in the 47-foot Victory cat, 222 Offshore Australia, earned the pole position with the fastest qualifying effort on Saturday during the third round of the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series. That gave them the advantage of having the inside lane for Sunday’s five-boat Class 1 race.

“It makes a big difference,” Nicholson said of having the inside line. “The guy who’s second and third needs to go around the outside.”

At the start of the 10-lap race on the 6-mile course in the Gulf of Mexico, initially, the boat in the outside lane, the 50-foot Mystic, dfYoung, with owner/throttleman Rich Wyatt and driver Hugh Fuller, and owner/throttleman Alex Pratt and driver Miles Jennings in their 48-foot MTI , XINSURANCE / Good Boy Vodka . Also making a strong start were Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil in their 40-foot Skater, Monster Energy/M CON, a new boat that fans have been eager to see on the water.

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Though there is much work to be done, Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil demonstrated that their new Monster Energy/M CON Skater 438 catamaran can hang with the Class 1 pack.

The second day of competition presented by P1 Offshore in Sarasota had four races to entertain the throngs of fans crowding the white-sand beaches on the West Coast of Florida. Veteran racers were comparing the turnout to decades past that have made this site one of the most popular in offshore racing.

By the time the Class 1 fleet reached the first turn, 222 Offshore Australia had taken advantage of its inside position and moved to the lead with the other 47-foot Victory, Huski Ice Spritz, with throttleman Steve Curtis and driver Brit Lilly in lane two giving chase.

Throttleman John Tomlinson and driver Travis Pastrana in the 50-foot Victory, Pothole Heroes, was a little bit off the pace.

It didn’t take long for attrition to continue to plague the event as it did on Saturday. One of dfYoung’s Mercury Racing 1,100-hp engines went into guardian mode, a setting that reduces rpm or shuts down the motor to keep it from destroying itself. Wyatt made the smart decision to keep running because as the old saying goes, “to finish first, first you must finish.”

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Attrition was rough on the Class 1 fleet, but it looked spectacular at the start.

Next to pull off the course was Pothole Heroes, which was struggling with cooling issues on one of its engines. This reduced the fleet to three boats, but that didn’t last much longer Pratt and Jennings pulled into the infield of the course in the X/GBV MTI.

This left 222 Offshore Australia comfortably out front with Huski Ice Spritz giving chase. Monster Energy/M CON hurt a motor but continued to run on one engine to accumulate as many points as possible.

Nicholson and Carpitella have been in this position before. At the 2022 and 2023 Cocoa Beach races, the duo lead handily from the start only to be bitten by mechanical gremlins and have victory snatched away in the final yards of the race. In last year’s Sarasota race, they moved out to an early lead, but the Huski team tracked them down.

This time around, 222 Offshore Australia had the good luck. “Bilge pumps were coming on and off,” Nicholson said. “It was good to get across the line.” Huski Ice Spritz finished second and dfYoung limped across the line in third, grabbing valuable points in the world championship standings.

Curtis and Lilly were the ones with the bad luck this time around, when a stainless-steel water line leading into a sea strainer broke. “It’s boat racing, so that’s part of what it is,” Lilly said. “Losing is what makes winning so fun.”

It wasn’t the finish Wyatt wanted, but the start was something to be optimistic about.

“We had a good start,” Wyatt said. “I know the boat’s fast.” The team had been having problems with water-pressure spikes blowing hoses off their fittings. Wyatt opted to modify the water pickups to reduce the amount of intake so they didn’t bring in so much water as to blow off hoses.

“We were just trying to get through this one without blowing a hose,” said Wyatt.

Seat Time Matters What come as a surprise to some is that Nicholson is a former competitive sailor. He started racing offshore 12 years ago and jumped in with both feet. When he’s not racing Class 1 in the United States, Nicholson joins Carpitella in X-Cat competition in the United Arab Emirates and he campaigns a sistership to his Class 1 Victory cat with Super Cat engines in Australia with Peter “Muddy” McGrath, who is the team crew chief for the Class 1 boat. McGrath and Nicholson have both logged time with the well-known Maritimo Class 1 boats and Nicholson has raced in Australia’s famed Bridge-to-Bridge race.

That has led to an in-boat partnership between Nicholson and Carpitella that is almost instinctive. Factor in the experience that McGrath brings for setup and it’s no wonder the boat is almost always out front at some point during a race.

“I figured early on I’m too old to try to learn enough about it, so I make sure the people around me are better than me,” Nicholson said. “Everybody has their input including Giovanni and Pete and I’ll listen in and I’ll give input on how I want to go around the corners.

“The last three weekends we’ve been racing and getting plenty of seat time,” he continued. “You get dialed into the conditions. A lot of this is cornering fast. When you come to the corner the throttleman and the driver need to be very much on the ball.”

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With eight teams in the mix, the Super Cat contest was the most entertaining contest of the day.

Before the Class 1 boats, the Super Cats took to the course to wage a 10-lap battle. The 38-foot Skater, Dirty Money, with the new team of throttleman Bill Pyburn and driver Jason Ventura had the inside lane. The boat showed impressive speed at Cocoa Beach, but some navigational issues moved it back in the final standings.

When the green flag waved, two of the most experienced teams in the class moved to the front. Miller and Coil run a 38-foot Skater, M CON/Monster Energy, in Super Cat and while they don’t have the years together in the cockpit, they have tons of hours together because Miller keeps all his boats at Performance Boat Center in Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Running in second place were owner/driver Wayne Valder and throttleman Grant Bruggemann in the oldest boat in the Super Cat fleet, the 42-foot MTI, Valder Yachts/Pro Floors Racing . The in-boat team has been together since 2018 and their combined experience let them realize that they could keep M CON/Monster Energy in striking distance. On the last corner of the last lap, M CON/Monster Energy broke a fitting in the water system that caused the starboard engine to overheat and cause a small fire.

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The Super Cat fleet put on a solid performance for the fans on Lido Beach, but Valder Yachts / Pro Floors Racing (top center) stole the show.

“The fitting off the water cooler on the back side of the bell housing, the fitting broke and caused the engine to heat up and almost melt down and once that happened, we started losing fuel pressure and oil pressure and it was so hot it started itself on fire,” Miller said.

That left the door open for Valder/Pro Floors to move into first and take the win.

“We were very persistent and didn’t give up,” said Bruggemann. “ M CON didn’t make any mistakes. You’re entering the turns at more than 130 mph. I need to have some trust in my driver to not lift.”

The conditions on the six-mile course were such that the boats in Class 1 and Super Cat could pretty much run wide open.

It was the end to a long 24 hours for the team that had been up until 2 a.m. Sunday before returning to the Grant’s Custom Rigging Shop in Bradenton, Fla., at 6 a.m. to get the boat ready to race. When the team finished testing, Bruggemann returned to the crane area and had to leave the boat at a dock waiting until it could be hauled out.

When the team hauled the boat and flushed the engines, it determined that the tip of a valve had broken off. The team hauled the boat back to its shop only about 10 minutes from the pits and the crew of John Gregory, Joe Green, Logan Smolic and Andrew Young and his dad worked until 2 a.m. to make the repairs that would make the boat ready to run.

M CON/Monster Energy kept things together while the 38-foot Skater, Graydel , with owner/driver Chris Grant and throttleman Billy Moore improved their calm-water setup and took the final spot on the podium.

“I’m not going to say we were the fastest boat out there, but we’ve been massaging some stuff, moving weight around and just refining propellers,” said Moore.

Behind Graydel, attrition took its toll in Super Cat as many of the boats in the teams in the eight-boat fleet experienced mechanical issues.

The final race of the day saw five boats in the 450R Factory Stock class and two in the popular VX V-bottom class take to the course. At the start of the 450R Factory Stock race, owner/throttleman Michel Karsenti and driver Ervin Grant in the 38-foot Doug Wright, Gladiator Canados, had the inside lane with Tomlinson and driver Taylor Scism in the 39-foot MTI, TS Motorsports, in lane two and the 38-foot Doug Wright, Waves And Wheels , with throttleman Ricky Maldonado and driver Logan Adan in lane three. When the green flag waved, it appeared that Tomlinson and Scism got pinched because they started to climb the roostertails of the two boats in lanes one and three, indicating that someone pinched in on their lane, cutting them off.

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The TS Motorsports team of Taylor Scism overcame a tough situation at the start to claim victory in the 450R Factory Stock class.

“We were able to get back into our lane and in the chaos, everyone missed their turn buoy as far as tracking it,” Scism said. “We were halfway down the course and I started going right to make our turn and left a lane and went through the turn. I could track where we were turning.”

Again, seat time helped Scism get her bearings because she could follow her tracks from running eight laps the previous day. Once the team got on track, it was uncatchable. Maldonado and Adan tried to make a late-race challenge but came up just short on a last-lap charge.

“My biggest motto is run your race and they kept updating us on timing from the beach,” Scism said. “You need to finish and we just kept doing what we needed to do. The results are unofficial until officials tell us otherwise.”

The VX race featured two loud fan-favorite Fountains. Win Farnsworth continued his foray into the sport, fielding the 40-foot Fountain, Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims Consultants with driver Christian McCauley and throttleman Jay Healy. They ran against fellow Fountain, The Developer/Wix Filters, with Scott Brown and Eddie Tamberino. After a few entertaining laps that saw the two boats running loudly side-by-side, Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims Consultants pulled away for the win.

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Enjoy more images from the 39th annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix in the slideshow above.

The first race on Sunday saw 14 boats in four classes take to the Gulf of Mexico, eight in Mod V, a single entry in Stock V, two in Bracket 200 and four in Bracket 400.

In Mod-V, the 30-foot Phantom, Laticrete, grabbed top honors over the 30-foot Extreme, LSB/Hurricane of Awesomeness and another 30-foot Extreme, Sunprint/Hooters.

“We lost our intercoms and I couldn’t talk to my driver,” said Rob Hartmann from the Laticrete team. He said that Charlie McCarthy from the Punisher team in the same class helped with boat setup and propeller selection.

“He did a fresh prop for us and put the weight where we wanted,” Hartmann said.

Steve Miklos, who owns and throttles the 30-foot Extreme, Sunprint/Hooters , with driver Steve Fehrmann said, “We were at a deficit and we were slowly working our way in.”

The boat’s port trim tab was stuck all the way down, robbing the team of speed. In the best scenario, a dragging trim tab slows a boat. In the worst, it causes a boat to spin.

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Fortune did not favor the local Boatfloater.com, team last weekend but Sunprint/Hooters—its fellow Sarasota-based Mod-V counterpart—took third place.

“It was lifting the boat up,” Miklos said. “Stephen did a great job dealing with it.”

Editor’s Note: Following a review by race officials, results for the Mod V class are now different than those originally reported above. Click here for an update to this story.

In the Bracket 400 race, the 34-foot Phantom, Control Freak , with owner Mark Robbins driving, veteran Damon Marotta throttling and Craig Belfatto navigating took a close victory. Another 34-foot Phantom, Simmons Racing , with driver Jason Zolecki and owner/throttleman Jim Simmons almost snuck up on the winners to steal a win.

“Simmons was hanging out in a blind spot. We laid off so we wouldn’t break out,” Robbins said. “You can guarantee that won’t happen again.”

When it comes to his approach to racing, Robbins appeared to speak for many team owners, saying, “We abuse these things. You can’t blame it on anyone.”

Sometimes attrition wins. But other times, experienced teams make sure it doesn’t.

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Inside the cockpit and out, the Mod V class doesn’t lack for color when LSB/Hurricane of Awesomeness and Fastboys Racing are on the course.

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