The Highs and Lows From 2012: Steve David

Oh Boy! Oberto driver Steve David holds a sizable lead heading into the Oryx Cup, the final race of the 2012 H1 Unlimited season in Doha, Qatar. Courtesy H1 Unlimited

Before Steve David, one of the most accomplished drivers in Unlimited hydroplane racing history, leaves for Doha, Qatar, in early January for the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship, he will be spending his New Year’s Day holiday aboard his boat in Palm Beach, Fla., with a few of his closest friends. Holding a 652-point lead over David Villwock—the sport’s career victory leader—David is hoping to drive the Oh Boy! Oberto hydroplane to another High Points championship (his fourth in five seasons) when the H1 Unlimited fleet races in Doha on Jan. 10-12.

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The Highs and Lows From 2012: Mike D’Anniballe

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Sterling Performance principalMike D’Anniballe had hoped his company’s first 1,700-hp turbocharged engines would be showcased this season in 2012 at poker runs and major high-performance powerboat events such as the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. But for whatever reason, the Skater catamaran powered by those monster motors didn’t make the go-fast boat scene this year, so D’Anniballe picked up a Skater cat of his own (Read the story) that he plans to outfit with another pair of 1700s and send to major events around the country in 2013. Here’s what the founder of the Milford, Mich., company had to say about the highs of lows of 2012.

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The Highs and Lows From 2012: John Tomlinson

John Tomlinson throttles Gasse, a 48-foot MTI, with owner/driver Tor Staubo.

For John Tomlinson—one of the Ts behind Miami’s highly regarded marine center and custom rigging shop TNT Custom Marine (Mike Thomas is his partner)—2012 was pretty memorable. Unfortunately memories can be good and bad. Obviously Tomlinson would like to forget that Gasse, the 48-foot MTI he races with driver/owner Tor Staubo, lost in a points tiebreaker to Spirit of Qatar at the Key West World Championships after winning the first two Superboat Unlimited class races and having a frustrating mechanical failure force the team out early in the final day’s double-points race. Luckily, rather than dwell on the negative, Tomlinson can look back on 2012 as the year he smashed the Round Long Island record by 55 minutes.

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The Highs and Lows From 2012: Scott Sjogren

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In the decidedly challenging economy of 2012, Pier 57 Marine in Gurnee, Ill., had its best sales year, ever. That’s the word from the company’s owner, Scott Sjogren. In early 2012, Pier 57 Marine merged with Shogren Performance Marine, dropped the Shogren moniker and moved operations to Illinois. At the beginning of this week, the company became completely operational in its new facility. (Read the story.) Here’s what Sjogren had to say about his highs and low for 2012.

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The Highs and Lows From 2012: Jeff Johnston

The loss of Leon and David Ortemond in a boating accident in April hit the poker-run community hard. Photo courtesy Florida Powerboat Club

This year was filled with highs and lows, just ask Jeff Johnston of Hering Propellers. Besides his recent engagement to the lovely Nichole Overson topping his list of highlights for 2012, Johnston rattled off a variety of memorable moments from his travels across the country. This year alone Johnston attended the Miami International Boat Show, Tampa Bay Poker Run, Desert Storm Poker Run, Texas Outlaw Challenge, Emerald Coast Poker Run, Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Key West Poker Run. So by all means, he's had a year filled with highlights.

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