Carella Cruises to Fourth F1 H2O World Championship

In the final race of the season, Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella cruised to victory on Friday to take home the Union Internationale Motonautique F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah and become the world champion for the fourth time in eight years.

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Alex Carella earned his fourth F1 H2O world championship following a flawless race in Sharjah. Photo courtesy F1 H2O

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Chiappe Wins in Abu Dhabi to Set Up F1 H2O Title Showdown with Carella

France’s Philippe Chiappe proved earlier today that he’s not going to give up his Union Internationale Motonautique F1 H2O World Championship title without a fight. The three-time defending world champ produced a simply faultless drive from pole position to take his sixth career victory at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.

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CTIC F1 Shenzhen China's Philippe Chiappe earned the victory in today's Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. Photo by Simon Palfrader/F1 H2O

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Curtis Makes A Comeback

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For the famed offshore racer, throttling the Miss GEICO raceboat to wrap up the 2017 offshore powerboat-racing season has been a reunion of sorts. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

In the past two weekends, Britain-born throttleman Steve Curtis has claimed two world titles—Super Boat International and Offshore Powerboat Association—with driver James Sheppard in the newest Miss GEICO raceboat, a 47-foot Victory-built catamaran he happens to own. Curtis leased the boat, as well as his throttling expertise, to the Miss GEICO crew to finish out the season after the team’s 44-foot Victory cat was significantly damaged in a tragic accident during this summer’s OPA St. Clair River Classic race in Michigan. The accident claimed the life of offshore racer Keith Holmes, and longtime Miss GEICO throttleman Scott Begovich and driver Marc Granet stepped out of the cockpit for the rest of the season.

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OPA Worlds Day 2: Titles For Miss GEICO, Phantom 9, Typhoon And More

For the second day in a row, the people of Englewood Beach, rolled out the red carpet for Offshore Powerboat Association teams competing in the 2017 OPA World Championships. Water conditions ended up being quite a bit rougher than predicted, and that led to some great action and close battles.

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Phantom 9 (shown here during Saturday’s race) claimed the SVLX world tile. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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