Offshore Powerboat Association Planning Bimini Race For April

The Offshore Powerboat Association, a Northeast-based offshore racing organization that has operated under the American Power Boat Association sanction banner since 2014, is planning to hold a race in Bimini, Bahamas, on Saturday April 29. According to an OPA press release, the event has been in negotiations for a year-and-a-half and is the “brainchild” of Roger Berkon Productions, which “has been putting on events throughout the Bahamas and around the globe for the past 20 years."

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Envy Team Out of Offshore Racing

After three seasons of battling mechanical woes that included engine and drive issues that led to sporadic competition in offshore powerboat races, Chris Cox, the owner of the Envy team that fields a 50-foot Mystic Powerboats C5000 catamaran, is calling it quits. The good-natured and gregarious Cox and his throttleman/engine builder Herb Stotler attracted a solid fan base since they started sharing the cockpit of the 50-footer in 2014 in SBI’s Superboat Unlimited class, despite their infrequent appearances on the racecourse.

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Though Envy appeared infrequently on the racecourse in the three years it ran in the SBI’s Superboat Unlimited class, the team developed a substantial following and became a fan favorite. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Rooster Tail Set to Make a Splash in Middle East Market

Rooster Tail Sports & Entertainment announced today it has started a new, full-service marketing and events company in the Middle East. The brainchild of the experienced husband-and-wife team of Sid and Anna Bensalah, Rooster Tail is launching at an exciting time for both sport and entertainment in Dubai and beyond.

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The Bensalah family has been involved with many successful organizations, including the XCAT World Series.

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India’s Mumbai to Host NEXA Powerboat P1 Indian Grand Prix of the Seas Next Month

On the shores of Mumbai's Marine Drive on Friday, Powerboat P1 announced that the P1 SuperStock series is going to land in India for the very first world championship event—the NEXA Powerboat P1 Indian Grand Prix of the Seas. The news of the event, which was foreshadowed nearly four years ago when Powerboat P1 announced plans to bring an international race to India (read the story), comes just a month away from the actual race that is expected to feature the best SuperStock racers from both the P1 SuperStock UK and USA championships, along with some new faces to be announced on February 16 in Mumbai.

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A 14-boat is set to compete at the inaugural NEXA Powerboat P1 Indian Grand Prix of the Seas next month. Photo courtesy Powerboat P1

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Reinforcer Team A Class 5 Act

During the Offshore Powerboat Association World Championships in Englewood Beach, Fla., last month, one category had a seriously crowded start heading into the first turn. When the green flag flew for Friday’s race, 15 teams in Class 5 bombed toward the first turn buoy. No one wanted to get stuck in traffic early on the first lap.

“It was a whole lot of boats going into that first turn,” said Don Goodwin, the throttleman and owner of Reinforcer, a 30-foot Superboat powered by a 760-hp naturally aspirated ERD engine, took the checkered flag. “The start was the most important part of the race.”

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