A well-known figure in yacht transportation logistics, David Holley also is a longtime true believer in the marketing power of Unlimited hydroplane racing. Through his former employer, he backed an Unlimited hydro team for several years. Now the chief executive officer of South Florida-based Legend Yacht Transport, he’s back in the sponsorship game again with the U-11 for the upcoming for the H1 Unlimited racing series Bayfair event, September 16-18, in San Diego.
Captured here at the 2022 Gold Cup in Guntersville, Ala., the U-11 Unlimited hydroplane has taken third place in three H1 Unlimited races this season. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“Having been part of the sport over the years in the past, I have been watching the development and the quality of the show,” Holley said in a recent press release from the Washington-based team. “Despite a lower boat count, it is clear to us that H1 is focusing on giving the fans what they want and increasing the time on the water. They certainly offer sponsors great return on investment.
“As we transport lots of yachts from the West Coast of the United States to Florida and back, this is a great opportunity to showcase our brand in California,” he continued. “The U-11 boat has consistently performed this year and we know from experience that the team has what it takes to represent our company in a professional and dedicated manner.”
The U-11 team heads into San Diego Bayfair fourth in the national points standings. A model of consistency, the team has notched three third-place finishes in as many races this season.
“We are thrilled to represent Legend Yacht Transport at the San Diego Bayfair race,”” said Shannon Raney of the U-11 team in the release. “Dave Holley has been a great friend to all types of boat racing, and it excites us to be able to showcase this emerging company to all of our fans.”