Setting the standard for apolitical behavior in a world—offshore powerboat racing—where such behavior is rare, the owners of 12 Super Vee Lite race boats have agreed to run a national points series in 2010. So which racing organization—Offshore Super Series, Offshore Performance Association or Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association—is the lucky entity that gets to do the hosting?
All of them, actually.
“We’re one of the few classes that has set of unified rules in every organization—they are all exactly the same,” George “Junior” Auriemma, the official representative of the canopied, single-engine SVL class, told me earlier today. “So we picked events on the OSS, OPA and POPRA schedules that made sense to us.
“Super Vee Lite racers are a rare breed,” he continued. “We’ve always stuck together and we’ve always shared in decisions that affect our class. We actually have a conference call every three or four weeks when something comes up.”
According to Auriemma, the tentative 2010 SVL National Points Series is as follows:
Biloxi, Miss.—OSS (Dates TBD)
Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.—OPA (June 11-13)
Long Beach, Calif.—POPRA (Dates TBD)
Lake Cumberland, Ky.—OSS (Dates TBD)
Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y.—OPA (Aug. 20-22)
Atlantic City, N.J.—OPA (Sept. 11-13)
Though the SVL National Champion will be crowned by the end of the series, said Auriemma, who won the national title in 2009, the fleet also will compete at the Offshore World Championships in Orange Beach. Ala.
Auriemma also said he’s been working with Martin Sanborn of Powerboat P1 North America, which plans to bring the Powerboat P1 classes to the United States in 2011. In Powerboat P1 North America, Super Vee Lite will be what Sanborn is calling a new “Pro-Am” P1 class.
“We’re trying to set the format so that when Powerboat P1 brings its series here it will be easy,” said Auriemma. “If we can do that, it will make things even easier for P1 to bring the bigger-boat classes here.”