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off-shore-class-1Sergio Mora Carrasco has confirmed he will run a new, two-boat Spanish Team this season, which brings a new engine-builder and boat manufacturer into the sport, taking the number of teams to nine and boats competing in Class 1 offshore powerboat racing in 2009 to 13.

Team Spirit of Spain sees Spaniard, Carrasco and Italian throttleman, Giovanni Carpitella, continue the partnership that they formed in Dubai last season where they finished an impressive fourth in the final race of the year. The Spanish-Italian pairing will showcase a Mike Peters-designed, Outerlimits-built hull, powered by twin, Chief V8 supercharged power-plants… More  info


U-13 driver J. Michael Kelly returns to New Zealand on Thursday to drive in the 2009 Union International Montoniquie World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championship, driving “The Boss.”

Kelly is currently in 7th place with 127 points going into the final weekend of racing.

“The Boss,” hadn’t been racing on the GP circuit in the past 3 years and ran into some mechanical problems during the first weekend of competing.  According to Kelly, he lost the cowling in his first run but finished 2nd in the re-start.  In the next race, a gear box went out.

Since then, changes have been made to the boat.  They plan further testing before the weekend to determine final race set-ups…  More info

Boaters who want the look, feel and performance of a world champion need look no further than the Miami International Boat Show, February 12-16, where Fountain Worldwide – international distributor of Fountain Powerboats – will introduce the “Powerboat P1 World Championship Special Edition.” The boat commemorates British racers Fountain Worldwide President, Craig Wilson’s and James Sheppard’s, back-to-back World Championship titles, captured in the 2007-2008 international offshore boat racing series…  More info 


Forty years ago, power boats racing the waters of Roanoke Rapids Lake was a common sight. In just 4 months they will be back on the water for two days of inboard and outboard American Power Boat Association racing. The event will be held June 27 and 28, said Christina Gordon, eco-heritage tourism manager for the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Gordon said a similar event that has been held for the past three years in Elizabeth City draws between 7,000 to 8,000 people and its economic impact is estimated to be around $2 million, including vendors, restaurants and hotel and motel stays…  More info