Earlier this week, Randy Sweers took the latest FB Marine Group Edition Victory 34 catamaran powered by supercharged Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines for a shakedown cruise near his South Florida business. Multi-time offshore racing world champion Gary Ballough joined Sweers for the day in his own 32-foot Victory pleasure cat equipped with naturally aspirated Mercury Racing 300R outboards. (Ballough also owns a 34-foot Victory raceboat that he campaigns in the Super Stock class.)
The latest FB Marine Group Edition Victory 34 catamaran is going to an owner in New Hampshire.
Sweers and Ballough created their own Victory-brand regatta, albeit a small one.
“We ran the boats from Boynton Beach to Sailfish Marine in Palm Beach for lunch,” said Sweers. “We had to deal with 25- to 30-mph headwinds and two- to three-foot waves on the Intracoastal Waterway. Gary and I both said we have never seen the ICW that rough. I didn’t get a chance to stretch its legs, but we were easily able to run more than 100 mph in the rough conditions.”
Ballough treated Seattle’s Lance Woodkes to a good part of the day in his 32-foot Victory pleasure catamaran.
Lance Woodkes, who has a 34-foot Victory ordered through FB Marine Group, flew in from Seattle for the experience to run in Ballough’s 32-footer. As for the new 34-footer from FB Marine, it’s going to Andrew Rocco of New Hampshire.
“I’ve sold him several boats over the last 15 years,” said Sweers. “After seeing the 34 Victory he had to have one.”
Small as it was with just two boats, Sweers, Woodkes and Ballough enjoyed the first unofficial Victory pleasure cat regatta.