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Handicapping And Hedging

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The Superboat class will be hotly contested later this month in Key West but the author is picking Performance Boat Center to go home with the world championship. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

With a few notable exceptions — last year’s two-catamaran Superboat Unlimited-class CMS team for example — trying to pick the winners of each major class in the annual three-race Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. is a fool’s game. That, plus covering every race of the SBI season for the past few years, definitely qualifies me for the job.

But I’m going about it differently this year before the Nov. 6-13 event is upon us. I’m picking a purely “emotional favorite” as well as the likely world title winner — at least in my view — for the Superboat Unlimited, Superboat, Superboat Extreme, Superboat Vee and Superboat Stock classes. And I’m separating these picks into two categories, “Heart” and “Mind.”

Sure, that gives me two chances to look like a fool. (It also gives me two chances to look smart.) But what the hell? No risk, no reward.

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Even one day of rough water during the SBI Key West Worlds delivers a big advantage to Steve Miklos in the Superboat Vee-class Sun Print boat.

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