Inside SOTW Mag: Bittersweet Anniversary

With Hurricane Irma careening into the Florida Keys just two months before the Florida Powerboat Club’s 25th annual Key West Poker Run—the organization’s signature happening—it was no small wonder that the event even came off at all. So much of the supporting infrastructure, from Grove Harbor Marina in Coconut Grove to Gilbert’s Resort and Tiki Bar in Key Largo, was heavily damaged by the storm. That left Stu Jones, president and founder of the club, and company to improvise lunch and docking arrangements for what would be a 185-boat fleet and some 850 people heading from Miami to Key West on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Members of the Florida Powerboat Club put on another great show in Key West. Photo courtesy Florida Powerboat Club

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Inside SOTW Mag: Saving The Best For Last

With just four races on its 2017 regular season schedule, it was clear from the start that Super Boat International—despite its robust and compelling Superboat class—wasn’t going to set the world on fire this year with its event roster. Just two of those races, the season-opener in Cocoa Beach and the National Championships in Clearwater, were in Florida, making the “Florida State Championship” title more than a little silly. The other two were in Mentor, Ohio, and Michigan City, Ind., venues that, though popular with fans in both areas, historically draw light showings across all SBI classes.

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After a rocky 2017 season, Super Boat International redeemed itself at its Key West Offshore World Championship. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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And with sporadic fleets other than the Superboat class, the 2017 lived up—or down if you will—to the low expectations SBI racers and fans had for it. Both groups knew that SBI typically saves its best for last with a three-race grand finale in Key West, Fla., but regardless the regular season did not bode well for a spectacular finish to what was, for all intents and purposes, a pretty dismal year.

But then Key West, still on the road to recovery from Hurricane Irma, did what it has done for so many years—during a week of mostly blue skies and mild temperatures it delivered the kind of offshore racing action and storylines that will keep fans coming back for years to come.

What are we talking about, you ask? Where do we begin, we reply?

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Inside SOTW Mag: Remembering Joe Sgro

A veteran offshore racer with multiple world titles, AMH Construction/Instigator team owner Peter Meyer looked lost as he wandered around the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships pits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in mid November. The death of 66-year-old Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats principal Joe Sgro, his longtime competitor on the racecourse and dear friend off it, on Thursday during the Florida Powerboat Club’s annual Key West Poker Run, clearly devastated the multi-time offshore world championship winner. It was all he could do to get through the weekend.

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Quiet and shy by nature, Joe Sgro (in red T-shirt) had touched many lives, especially since picking up the reigns of Outerlimits in late 2014. Photo copyright speedonthewater.com.

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The Key West Issue! New Speed On The Water Magazine Is Live

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With such a large spotlight on Key West, Fla., for the 2017 Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships and the Key West Poker Run hosted by the Florida Powerboat Club, we figured why not dedicate the entire year-end digital magazine to the event. So we did, and the November/December 2017 issue is the result.

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Inside SOTW Mag: Project—Déjà vu F32

Once upon a time, Jeff Johnston, Jason Johnson and I worked for Powerboat magazine. Johnston was an advertising salesman—a damn good one—and Johnson and I were editors/writers. For about three weeks out of the year, the three of us became part of the Powerboat test team. Johnston drove boats for photos, assisted his customers and helped photographer Tom Newby at the docks. Johnson and I handled inspections and rode with either Bob Teague or John Tomlinson—our well-known test drivers—to help gather the data we would forge into Performance Reports.

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In 2007, a DCB Performance Boats F32 catamaran dazzled the Powerboat magazine test team. Thanks to a makeover this year, the 32-footer is now better than new. Photo courtesy/copyright DCB Performance Boats.

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