Near the end of the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri last Sunday, event organizer Ron Duggan paused to absorb the enormity of the events of the past two days. Not that everything that happened during the 26th running of the event could possibly be absorbed and processed in a moment—that will take weeks, maybe even months—but Duggan was a man in desperate need of one long exhale.
Truth was, he hadn’t been on site for the epic 244-mph run laid down the day before in a turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic catamaran by Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and Steve Curtis. He had been on his way with his wife, Nicole, in their SUV to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. He caught moments of the historic liquid-mile run on his wife’s smart phone as they headed to visit Mike Fiore, the owner and founder of Outerlimits, who was gravely injured when the 46-foot catamaran he was throttling with driver/owner Joel Begin flipped at more than 150 mph.
Photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image.