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Speed On The Water
While driver Marc Granet is without question the public face of the Miss GEICO offshore racing team, he also is the first person to emphasize that regardless of what happens on the racecourse it is the result of a "top-to-bottom, all-around team effort." And with world championships on the Super Boat International and Offshore Powerboat Association circuits, the Miss GEICO team's efforts were rewarded handsomely this season. But the team's journey to those titles, according to Granet, was the best part of all—even sweeter than the victories themselves.
If endurance record runs like the one tackled yesterday by Bob Russell and John Rogers from San Francisco to Long Beach, Calif., in Russell's 51-foot Outerlimits Powerboats catamaran were uncomplicated and stress-free, surely we'd see a lot more attempts being made.
But they're not. Ask Russell, Stuart Hayim (the owner of the 42-foot Marine Technology Inc. catamaran who set the Round Long Island (New York) record in August of 2012), Bob Barnhart (who broke the Key West, Fla., to Cancun, Mexico, record several years back in his diesel-powered 50-foot Nor-Tech V-bottom), or the four-man crew that established the Lucas Oil Ocean Cup – Golden Gate to Queen Mary record two months ago in a diesel-powered 48-foot APISA Sport Yachts V-bottom.
In fact, try any other competitor who has ever attempted a record run of any significant distance. It ain't easy—the story usually has to do with what went wrong or didn't go wrong. Still, even if a record isn't broken, the sense of accomplishment is rewarding.
For high-performance marine engine builder Alexi Sahagian, the owner and founder of Boostpower USA in Newbury Park, Calif., business in 2013 was every bit as strong as it has been for the past several years. That's because the company has a solid international customer base including clients in Australia, Dubai, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and more. So when the United States economy hit the skids in 2008, Boostpower's business, according to Sahagian, was unaffected. In fact, Sahagain said his business increased "something like 12 percent during the bad times."
The Qatar Team’s Alex Carella and Shaun Torrente will start what promises to be an enthralling 15th Grand Prix of Sharjah from pole and second positions after an entertaining qualifying session on Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah, UAE, on Thursday afternoon.
Both drivers face a winner-take-all situation in Friday’s race— the final round of the 2013 Union Internationale Motonautique F1 H2O World Championship—but their task was made a little easier when championship leader Sami Selio of Finland flipped his boat in the second qualifying session and was not able to take part in the six-boat shootout.