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This past weekend the Warby Motorsport Team of Australia was out on the Blowering Dam this past weekend as Dave Warby the man behind the Spirit of Australia II were out for their first “Speed Trials”. Although this was not the first time Dave and the boat have been on the water testing this was however the first runs putting the boat through its early stage paces seeing how the boat handled with some speed under her. The boat was capable of seeing over 230 Mph well looking smooth and comfortable at those speeds. 

These speeds were impressive for the first test session and is a great start as Dave will work his way up to break that magic number of 317.6 Mph set by his father decades ago which is not for the faint of heart as his father is the only person in the world to surpass 300 Mph and live to tell about.

The footage below from the Way Motorsport Team shows the boats 221 Mph pass this past week.

In March Marine Technologies Inc brought together some of their passionate boat owners for their annual owners fun run which the MTI crew gets out with their owners for a good time on the water making a trip from Miami to Marathon which from there the boats headed to Key West then returned.

This is the companies 4th owners fun run now and MTI does everything possible to make this a truly enjoyable and stress free event for their participants even going as far providing pickup and luggage transporting by their  support vehicles. 

With great weather along with some awesome boats it makes it made for memorial event. Highlight footage from the run featured below.

One of the most recent organizations to come onto the scene over the last couple years Race World Offshore also know as RWO announced in a press release that they have been awarded a five year contract from the City of Key West to play host of the Offshore Powerboat Racing World Championship Event that has become a staple event to end the boating season in November. The organization explained it was a difficult and long Request for Proposal (RFP) process however the Key West City Commissioners voted in favor of Race World

RWO President, Larry Bleil, commented on the news. 

“This whole process has taken so long and it spilled over into the second quarter of 2019. I am so happy it is over so we can get on with things. And now, we can finally roll out our plans and talk about this season.”

RWO is now also officially recognized as an APBA sanctioning body of offshore races and will be announcing their upcoming races for this season. 

Australian offshore racers are approaching their first round of racing as they head into a five stop season starting in Victoria later in April. The series consists of two classes Superheat extreme and Supercat Outboard coming together taking on the rough waters of Australia. 


Round 1, Wyndham Harbour, Victoria- April 27-28

Round 2, Bowen, 2019, Bowen Offshore Superboat Race

- July 20 - July 21

Round 3, Townsville, Queensland- October 5 - October 6

Round 4, Lake Macquarie, 2019- October 19 - October 20

Round 5, Hervey Bay, 2019 November 30 - December 1

Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:04

UIM Boat Racing Photo Contest

UIM the governing body behind powerboat racing globally has been holding Photo contest for photographers in our sport to showcase their finniest work from over the year and this year was a special one as 2018 UIM Photographic competition which had entries from seventeen different countries such as New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Europe. We know first-hand was as with the advances in technology the pictures are only getting more spectacular.

This would not be easy task from those judging as there was a a reported total of 330 entries submitted by twenty-seven photographers. One of the winners include Simon Palfrader who is well recognized for his work with F1 H2O, XCat and Classone racing overseas and has been featured several times on BoatStars. See the full list of winning entries here.

Cigarette Racing Team has announced that they officially appointed Erik Christiansen as the companies new president. The move was announced by Skip Braver, the owner and chief executive officer of the company. 

Headquartered in Opa-locka, Fla., Cigarette Racing Team will celebrate most of its 50th anniversary year with Erik Christiansen as president.

“I am not leaving the company, retiring from the company or selling the company,” Braver said. “In bringing on Erik, we are positioning Cigarette for a stronger present and an even stronger future.”A little more than a year ago, Christiansen departed high-performance marine engine and accessories leader Mercury Racing as its general manager to pursue an opportunity outside the marine industry.Please join us in welcoming Erik to the Cigarette Racing Team Family!

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