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Anatomy of A Rollover

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“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”―John Steinbeck, from Of Mice and Men

For so many of the folks watching on scene and via the livestream online, Broadco’s tumble across the water last Sunday in Cocoa Beach, Fla., near the end of Super Boat International’ offshore racing season-opener seemed to happen in frighteningly slow motion. Driver/owner Chuck Broaddus and throttleman Grant Bruggemann had been pushing hard in their Superboat-class 40-foot Marine Technology, Inc., catamaran, and they’re work had been paying off. They caught and passed the WHM Motorsports Skater cat earlier in the lap and were headed for turn at the north end of the course. They appeared to be on their way to victory.

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For a photo sequence of the Broadco catamaran’s barrel-roll last Sunday, check out the slideshow above. Photos courtesy Broadco Racing Team.

And then they didn’t. First, they were headed up—as in high up in the air—then down hard to the unruly white-capped water. Then the rolling began and, as Steinbeck wrote, “a moment settled and hovered for much more than a moment.” It was the first rollover—a triple no less—in a raceboat for Broaddus.

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