From Performance Boat Center’s incredible run to STIHL’s fitting tribute, the 2016 SBI Offshore World Championships delivered storybook endings. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Real offshore racing fans are masochists. They follow a sport that, more often than not, fails to live up to its promise. And at the end of each year, they trek from cities and towns across the country to the unruly hamlet of Key West, Fla. They come in the hope that, at least for a moment or so during the three races of the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships, the obscure motorsport will deliver on its potential for spectacular action. They travel to the literal end of the road and spend silly amounts of money for a week to be among those who share their obsession with a sport that can be fantastic, but is mostly frustrating.
If that’s not masochism, what is?
And yet this year, the SBI Offshore World Championships rewarded its loyal followers, thanks in large part to the 10-boat Superboat class and— in particular—the Performance Boat Center/Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast, STIHL and WHM Motorsports teams.