In a positive move for offshore racing in 2016, longtime offshore powerboat racing promoter and sanctioning body Superboat International will put on two new events this year.
This two race addition takes the entire championship’s number of races to nine. There will be a six-race regular season for national points in addition to the annual three-race competition at the end of the season in Key West, to crown world champions.
The first addition to the calendar is the Mentor Super Boat Grand Prix, which will be held in Mentor, Ohio in late August. New York native, and 2015 Superboat World Champion, Billy Mauff, is spearheading the effort for the second new event. This event will be called the Port Jefferson Superboat Grand Prix. This even will be held in Port Jefferson, New York, with racing conducted on Long Island Sound. The dates are TBA.
Founded by John Carbonell in 1989, Super Boat International races take place all around the country. With more than 35 years experience as a powerboat events promoter in addition to 10 years experience racing powerboats, Carbonell uses his hands-on knowledge to attract some of the most competitive racing teams in the world.
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.
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