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Commentary: Will The Superboat Class Be Reborn?


I don’t pretend to know the inner workings and politics of offshore racing. I don’t know the agenda, altruistic or otherwise, of any offshore racer. I don’t know if it’s possible for the sport to ever rebound to where it was in 1999 through 2001 under APBA Offshore, with big fleets in several classes including Super Cat and Factory II. Of course, the economy is not what it was back then—far from it—and I would argue that the economy has more to do with the current weakened state of the sport than anything else.

But can it be better than it is? My answer, and the answer of a number of racers including Tony Marcantonio in the Super Boat International Superboat catamaran class, is a definitive yes.

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