It’s no surprise that Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats brought home a couple of checkered flags during Friday’s second day of racing at the Super Boat International Key West World Championships. But what was remarkable was the dominant fashion in which the Snowy Mountain Brewery and SV 43 V-bottoms won their respective classes.
With Brian Forehand driving and throttling and owner Michael “Doc” Janssen’s daughter Madison navigating, Snowy Mountain Brewery got off to a great start and never let up besting five other boats in the Superboat Vee Limited class, including Janssen’s Watch Your Back Fountain.
“It’s been real fun to run two boats as a team,” said Janssen, a spinal surgeon from Colorado who took delivery of the 29-foot carbon-fiber Outerlimits in August. “We weren’t sure if we were going to run the boats in different classes this week, but we opted to run both boats and it’s worked out great.
“The conditions today were much more predictable than Wednesday,” he continued. “Because we raced Wednesday and did a lot of practice on Thursday, we did really well out there today. Unfortunately Watch Your Back took a little hit from another boat on the right side in the first turn today so we’re having some cosmetic work done to it so it will be ready to race on Sunday.”
Outerlimits owner Mike Fiore, who was enjoying the world championships from a spectator perspective this year, was ecstatic about his boats’ performances.
“It was unbelievable today,” Fiore said. “We’ve done a lot of development with (Snowy Mountain Brewery)—it’s a great hull. We have a good combination of powertrain, hull and driver. In the 43-footer, we were able to increase our lead coming out of every turn. That boat is setup so well and Joe (Sgro) and Brian (Forehand) did a great job racing today.”
Powered by a pair of Competition Marine engines with 5-liter Whipple Superchargers, the SV43 looked flawless on the course during its Superboat Extreme class victory.
“We actually learn a lot from racing that we use to make our pleasure boats better,” Fiore added. “And having a guy like Brian Forehand in the family now is awesome. He has a great depth of knowledge and he knows how to drive a boat.”
Both Outerlimits will be on display at the Duval Street party Friday night. More racing results to follow after the day’s final race.