WHM Motorsports, based out of Setauket, New York is the champion of this year’s race spectacular. The owner and driver of the WHM boat is Bill Mauff with throttle man Jay Muller.
“They can exceed speeds around 140 mph averaging about 107 mph going around curves,” says Rodrick Cox marketing and public relations for Superboat International.
Fifty-four teams competed over three days of racing in 14 classes. Ninety-Five per cent of the teams are from the United States and for the most part the Eastern Time zone. Teams from Sweden and Great Britain and international drivers were on the line-up.
Team Cintron, Sunday’s winner, took some of the glory after breaking down on Friday. WHM is the overall winner because they came in first in their class, had the best average time, and completed all of the laps. There’s a reason, according to Rodrick, why there are so many classes.
“You don’t want to have to disregard any sizes or horsepower when dealing with boat racing. Many people start in a small class and work their way up to bigger boats. People want to race but can’t afford a million dollar boat on day one. We don’t want to tell a 100 mph boat, ‘you can’t compete. You can’t play.’ The sport is difficult and the classes hard to manage. 40-foot, 550 horsepower boats should not be expected to compete against an unlimited class with unlimited power.”
As for the wildlife, boat racing is one of the safest checks of our species. Helicopters take to the air under the direction of the Florida Wildlife Commission to watch for manatees and turtles. Last year the organization rescued two turtles.
Again Cox, “we didn’t hit anything, We didn’t kill anything. We’re bound by Florida Wildlife to have someone in the air to make sure something doesn’t happen. We watch for them to make sure something doesn’t happen.
The Deadliest Catch’s Deckhand Travis Lofland tells Superboat International’s PR guy, Rodrick Cox, “you have to drive it, like you stole it,” Saturday night before the World Championship races as he stood outside Captain Tony’s on Greene Street selling t-shirt and tank tops with his girlfriend Vera. And yes, folks, that is Ronnie Acevedo joining the party.
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“We missed the yacht but we still scored VIP seating!” Pictured on Sunday Race Day is KWPD Officer Robert Allen (second from right) with his old friends and new. Mike Powell a contractor from Lake of the Ozarks, (left) with Patrick Byrne a rescue responder from St. Louis, Allen, and KWHS’s Mary Maxwell.
WHM, the overall winner, flies by the crowd of spectators in Mallory Square. Picture courtesy: Rodrick Cox