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As we celebrate this final day of the year and look ahead to 2013, we'd like to share our top 12 news stories from 2012. For the list, we've kept things simple—just click on the photo or the headline below it to get to the story. For an expanded look at why we chose each story, read Matt Trulio's and Jason Johnson's columns on OffshoreOnly.com on Wednesday and Thursday. Here's to a healthy and prosperous new year!
After a full year of building the highly anticipated M41 Widebody, Dave’s Custom Boats (DCB) dipped the boat in the water for the first time on Friday afternoon at San Diego’s J Street Marina. Company founder Dave Hemmingson e-mailed a handful of images this evening after a few hours of running the 41-foot catamaran in the bay and out in the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, he was ecstatic.
Mercury Racing 1350 engines, reached a top speed of 170 mph around 6,200 rpm during the first day of testing. He added that the catamaran “has lots left in her” since they didn’t want to push the boat too hard its first time out.Calling the M41 Widebody an “absolute home run,” Hemmingson said the boat, which is powered by twin
DCB’s Tony Chiaramonte said he’s never been in a boat that was so amazing right off the trailer.
“Seriously this boat rock-solid at any speed—it’s so nice,” Chiaramonte said. “We ran it up to 170.4 mph with a pair of Mercury Racing 17”x41” propellers turning in. We tried a couple of props, but we were really out there to get a feeling for what the boat can do. There were some 3- to 4-footers and good crosswind in the ocean today, and it handled all of it perfectly.”
On December 23, Jimmy Welsh left us to spend Christmas in heaven. He was most certainly warmly received by many fellow offshore racing friends gone before him. Jimmy was a joy to everyone. He loved people, he loved life and he loved boat racing.
Born 73 years ago in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Jimmy fell in love with offshore racing, never missing the week-long Jersey Shore event featuring so many legends of the late 1970’s like Betty Cook and Benihana’s Rocky Aoki.
Best friend to Randy “Mad Dog” Schleuss, Jimmy joined the Typhoon team in 1998, vowing to do “whatever you guys need me to do.” Following the initial shock of the list the guys needed done, Jimmy stepped up and never let his team down. In Randy’s opinion, Jimmy set the bar on the definition of a great friend. He will never forget the best friend he loved so much.
Jimmy hauled the Typhoon rig to Lake Havasu, to Canada, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Texas, Florida and anywhere else the boat needed to be. He was the constant in the team and the reason Team Typhoon was able to continue in the sport. Jim lived in the motor home at the races as well as while traveling to them, never asking for a hotel room. He always thought of others before himself and just plain loved people.
In 14 years, Team Typhoon was blessed with more than 200 starts in offshore racing. Jimmy only missed two of those races. Donning his signature skirt, Jimmy regularly appeared on stage to collect his team’s trophies, earning his affectionate nickname and becoming known throughout the offshore racing community as “Trophy Bitch.”
Jimmy was loyal, trustworthy, honest and faithful. He was kind, thoughtful, happy, fun-loving and sincere. There is no end to the positive adjectives that can describe Jimmy. There is no end to the lives he touched, the friends he had and the memories he made.
He rarely spoke ill of others, yet often was too hard on himself. He was selfless, tireless and dedicated in everything he did and everyone he helped with anything, which was many people and constantly. He was always very good about watching out for the ladies. He also made sure that if any of them wanted to dance, they got a dance.
Jimmy is dancing with angels now and spreading the love he shared with us. God’s speed, dear friend. And please put in a good word for Randy.
Editor’s Note: Janet Brunner is the chief scorer for OSS/ABPA. She knew Jimmy Welsh for eight years and they came to be great friends. To check out the Team Typhoon tribute video to Jimmy Welsh, click here.
To say Mystic Powerboats owner John Cosker has been busy in 2012 would be an understatement. Not only did his company finish its first 50-foot catamaran with twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines and build the Qatar Team’s new turbine-powered offshore race boat that will debut this season, Cosker and crew designed boats for many companies and manufactured boats for Powerboat P1, Powerplay and GTMM.
While running through his highs and lows, Cosker said that 2012 marked the first uptick in business he’s seen in a while and that 2013 looks like it should be even stronger.