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Offshore Racing’s Missing Man

For the first time during the 2014 season, offshore powerboat racing fans will have a good chance of bumping into Tony Marcantonio, the driver and owner of the J.D. Byrider Superboat-class racing team, at an offshore race. That’s because for the next seven days, Marcantonio, one of the chief architects of late-2012 revolution that changed the Superboat catamaran class under the Super Boat International umbrella, will be hanging out in Key West, Fla., site of the organizations annual season-ending Offshore World Championships.

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Out for the entire 2014 season, the J.D. Byrider Skater is coming back to Superboat-class competition next year.

You won’t find Marcantonio sitting with his teammates in front of his own 38-foot Skater catamaran in the event’s dry pits this weekend—that boat is back home in its new shop (“The new shop floor is so pretty—it looks a gymnasium floor” he said.) in Dover, Ohio. You might find him in hanging out with Superboat Vee-class J.D. Byrider boat with the team’s Frank Sarro and Mike Figuero—that is competing in Key West. And starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening, you’ll definitely find him at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, one of his team’s sponsors for the past seven years, for J.D. Byrider’s annual party for fans and fellow offshore racers.

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