For much of Roar Offshore, the final race of the American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series, last Saturday in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., the Australia-based 222 Offshore Class One team of Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella kept their 41-foot Victory-built catamaran equipped with Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engines in perfect trim. With two Victory Team catamarans battling them hard for the Class One national championship title in the series—produced by the Offshore Powerboat Association and Powerboat P1—and one of those 41-footers just 10 points behind them in the class standings heading into Fort Myers, they pretty much had to run a perfect race.
For a brief moment last Saturday, the 222 Offshore cockpit duo of Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella got a look at the sky over Fort Myers Beach (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
But there was a moment when 222 Offshore—properly pronounced “Triple Two Offshore” according to series announcer Mike Yowaiski—found itself a little out of shape. And, of course, speedonthewater.com chief photographer captured the moment.
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Though the Victory Team claimed the Class One title, 222 Offshore recovered from its own jumped start and the subsequent restart of the Class One field to run a spectacular race. Nicholson and Carpitella managed to get by the Victory 33 cat—the team’s second boat—but could not run down Victory. 3, it’s primary boat, which ran every race in the series.
Regardless, 222 Offshore delivered outstanding performances throughout the season—even when things got a little sketchy.
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