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I have a confession to make: Jason Johnson and I had a blast putting together the latest issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine, which went live this morning and can be downloaded for free by clicking here. Don't get me wrong—between us, Johnson and I put in a lot of late (his schedule) and early (my schedule) hours. We wrote, edited and read, and then did it again and again, until we could no longer stand to read what we wrote and edited. We looked at image after image with screen-weary eyes and debated the merits of each until we reached the "flip a coin" stage.
That's all part of the process of creating a magazine, and if you don't accept and commit to the process—the real "work" in the publishing world—you're in the wrong business.
By now, even the most casual offshore powerboat racing fans know that Miss GEICO prevailed over the CMS to take the Superboat Unlimited title during the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships earlier this month. Most also know that both GEICO's 44-foot Victory catamaran and the 48-foot Marine Technology, Inc., catamaran fielded by the CMS were powered by Mercury Racing 1650 Race engines, and that each team came into Sunday's winner-take-all contest with a first-place finish earlier in the week.
Less common knowledge is that neither team was particularly thrilled with the way the other had competed in the first two races heading into finale. Hard words were exchanged—as in all sports involving fiercely competition individuals such things happen and are not necessarily "bad" or "negative"—after Friday's race, and by the time Miss GEICO's Scott Begovich and Marc Granet squared off against Bob Bull and Randy Scism in CMS on Sunday both teams were more than ready do battle again. But CMS broke after a few hotly contested laps and the rest, as they say, was history.
There are two types of go-fast boat operators: Those who have made a mess out of docking at least once, and those who will. No matter who you are, much less think you are, it inescapable. And chances are your worst docking moment will come when a crowd is watching. It's just the way of things.
Several years ago, I watched one of the biggest names in high-performance boating struggle to get a 36-foot catamaran on a trailer—the rolling equivalent of a dock if you will—for more than half an hour in 25- to 30-mph gusty crosswinds compounded by the seriously unfavorable downstream approach,the only one available, he was forced to take. In the end, it look four of us standing in waist-deep in the water and helping guide the cat onto its bunks to make it happen. This guy had forgotten more about bringing a boat to the dock or getting it onto trailer than most of us will never know, and yet on that day in those conditons he couldn't make it happen—at least without risking an expensive paint job—without help.
"You don't get killed docking a boat," say Tres Martin, the founder of the Performance Boat School that bears his name. "But there are ways to make it a lot easier and a whole lot less of an adventure.
Qatar Team driver and Florida native Shaun Torrente capped an exciting afternoon of racing on Qatar's Doha Bay when he won for the first time in 14 career race starts in front of tens of thousands of jubilant race fans at the 10th Grand Prix of Qatar.
For most of the 38-lap event—the fourth round of the Union Internationale Motonautique F1 H2O World Championship—Torrente's teammate Alex Carella was in clear control after starting from the pole. The teammates looked set for a spectacular 1-2 finish until the race came to a dramatic stop three laps from the end.