As the sole reporter covering Fountain Powerboatsunsuccessful V-bottom kilo record attempts Feb. 27-28 in Washington, N.C., I had a lot of unsupervised time on my hands. The Fountain team was working hard to get their Sterling Engine-powered 40-footer to run correctly and had no time to entertain an out-of-town guest. In town for more than a week, the American Power Boat Association and Offshore Powerboat Association officials were doing whatever they could to avoid going stir crazy in a very small town, so they were scarce.

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Even at 77 years old, Reggie Fountain, Jr., is royalty at the company that bears his name.

And the media folks there the weekend prior for Fountain’s wind-scrubbed record attempt? They were long gone.

During the 41 hours I spent in Washington, I saw the kilo boat make four unimpressive runs. Of course, I was disappointed for the people at Fountain and equally disappointed that I didn’t get to report on scene about the setting of a new kilo record. As a reporter, those are the kinds of stories you live for. In 2014, I was lucky to have had that opportunity when Outerlimits—on the same measured kilometer of Pamlico River—pulled it off. This time around, it wasn’t to be.

But you already know that.

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