Politics and drama are standard fare in offshore powerboat racing, and with a clash between Super Boat International head John Carbonell and Cleveland Construction team owner Mark Small, a crash during Superboat-class competition that included a rollover, and a naked swimmer who apparently thought a dip on a live racecourse was a good idea, there was plenty of both at the recent SBI National Championships in Clearwater, Fla. Lost in that circus, however was a first: a pair of Victory Team catamarans competing in the Unlimited class.
A pair of Dubai-based Victory Team catamarans competed at the SBI National Championships in Clearwater, Fla., earlier this month. (Click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden.
Underpowered as they were with their twin Lamborghini 1,000-hp engines as compared to the rest of boats in the fleet running twin 1,450- to 1,650-hp mills, the Dubai-based catamarans put on a good show and captured the attention of the fans on the beach. (Look closely at the beach and you’ll noticed that the umbrellas planted in the sand are color-matched to the boats.)
Next stop for the Dubai-based boats, which will be manned by Steven Curtis and Elsa Mohamed Abdul Rahman and Salem Ali Aladidi and John Tomlinson is Key West, Fla., for the SBI Offshore World Championships Nov 5-11.