For the second day in a row, the people of Englewood Beach, rolled out the red carpet for Offshore Powerboat Association teams competing in the 2017 OPA World Championships. Water conditions ended up being quite a bit rougher than predicted, and that led to some great action and close battles.
Phantom 9 (shown here during Saturday’s race) claimed the SVLX world tile. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Here are some of the highlights:
• For the second day in a row, Miss GEICO got the best of Stotler Turbo in the Extreme class. But this time around, the teams did battle in four- to six-foot seas. Miss GEICO went home with its second world title—the team claimed the first one a weekend earlier at the Super Boat International World Championships in Key West, Fla.
Stotler Turbo ran hard yestereday but could not take Miss GEICO.
• Hoping for another world title this year, the Shadow Pirate team had a dog fight going with FJ Propeller team in Super Stock class. A broken lower unit eventually knocked Shadow Pirate out of the contest and FJ Propeller took the win—and the title.
• AMH Construction/Instigator dominated in the rough water and beat the Bat Man team by enough of a margin to take the Class 2 world title.
Shadow Pirate’s bid for second world title this year was foiled by a broken lower unit.
• In Class 4, Team Perdition and Saris Racing Engines ran deck to deck for most of the race until a nasty spin out put Saris back a few hundred yards. That was enough for Perdition to take the lead and the world championship.
• Mike Wright and Nick Smith brought home the gold in the Midwest Boat Party Class-5 entry, as did You Gun Learn in Class 6. Whoa Momma cleaned up in Class 7 as did Typhoon in Super Vee Light. Boatfloater.com ran very well in the rough water—dominating the course—but it wasn’t enough to keep Typhoon out of first place points and another world championship.
• Sheriff Lobo had a dominating run in SVLX class for teams that compete in SBI’s Superboat Vee class, but couldn’t put enough distance between them and Phantom 9, which claimed the world title.
For complete results as they become available visit the OPA website.
Editor’s Note: A longtime contributor to speedonthewater.com, offshore racer Johnny Saris has covered the OPA circuit for the website for the past three seasons.