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Old 29-03-2008, 12:49 AM   #1
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Don Aronow Memorial Race

Don Aronow Memorial Race ( post 1 of 1)
HORBA presents Don Aronow Memorial Race

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HORBA presents the Don Aronow Memorial Race June 20, 2008.
To benefit the Take Stock in Children charity.

I have started a new thread as the old one got off track.

HORBA has four objectives for this weekend:
1. To put on a real 100 mile open ocean race across the Gulf Stream and back, that will allow as many interested parties to compete as possible.
2. To put on a get together for old racers so that they might be honored for what they did as the pioneers in this sport.
3. To have a venue where the fans can meet the old racers and see the actual old race boats from those golden years.
4. To raise as much money as possible for a very worthwhile South Florida charity, that benefits children.

Somewhere along the way, number 1 was there, but the other areas were getting too much focus. In a conversation with Brownie the other day, he advised us to focus on the race. He said the old guys could get together in a tent in the pits if they had to.

So here is where we are with the race to date:

The race weekend will be run by HORBA Ocean Racing LLC

Minimum boat length 20 feet, Maximum boat length 55 feet.

Historic boats are 15 years or older.

Classes will be:
Historic and Modern

Historic
Open ......Twin engine, max cu in no more than 1,000
Production...Production, Modified & Sport run together, maximum cu in no more than 910 cu in combined.

Modern
Single...Single engine no more than 550 cu in.
Twin....No more than 1200 cu in combined.
Unlimited...."Run what you Brung"

Entry fee will be $1,000 per boat.

All the detailed information is being loaded on to the HORBA website and should be up by next week. A complete race package and rules format can be downloaded then.

www.historicraceboats.com

Points of information:

All racers will be required to wear a real racing life jacket and helmet. (We are looking into the possibility of some of these jackets being available for lease)

There will be no passengers allowed in back seats.

All boats will be of the closed deck style. ( No center consoles)

Race Numbers will be furnished with stick on vinyl panels for both sides of the hull and the deck.

The start will be a timed start rather than a group start.
From a milling area just outside Haulover Inlet, one boat at a time will make a running start down the beach in a Northerly direction until they reach a committee boat off Sunny Isles Beach (On the Miami / Fort Lauderdale line)
They will then turn seaward (East) and their official time will start as they pass the committee boat.

Boats will be flagged off from the milling area in approx 30 second intervals. There is no passing allowed until after the boats have passed the committee boat and are bound for Bimini.

The race is a non-stop event, from Sunny Isles Beach to Bimini and back. All boats should carry enough fuel to make the entire distance.

After a turn at the checkpoint in Bimini, all race boats will do a return run back to the committe boat, where the total elapsed time will determine the winners for each class.

Starting positions will be assigned based on entry form and check arrival at HORBA Ocean Racing LLC.

We are actively looking for sponsors. If anyone has any interest please PM me or Brad Schoenwald or Larry Goldman and we can give you the details of the various levels of sponsorship. Sponsorhsip levels go from $1.00 to $50,000.

Sponsors at this time:
Banana Boat Co. www.bananaboatco.com
Tres Martins Performance School www.tresmartinperformance.com
Extreme Performance www.xtremepowerboats.com
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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The rule book and all the necessary forms are now available in PDF form to be downloaded on the HORBA website for the race entrants.

www.historicraceboats.com

Also we have a special combo of SEARACE book and DVD for those who have never seen what a Gulfstream crossing is like.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:26 PM   #3
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So its about 100 nautical miles.

Is it rough sort of sea, or the sort of stuff I saw las time I was in Miami?

( sea off Miami made conniston look rough! )
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:34 PM   #4
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So its about 100 nautical miles.

Is it rough sort of sea, or the sort of stuff I saw las time I was in Miami?

( sea off Miami made conniston look rough! )

The Gulfstream is a total unknown.....it could be flat or it could be big. I crossed one time with a 38 Magnum widebody with two big gas engines and the tachs would drop as I climbed the face of the wave and then the boat would crest and surf down the other side....Big fun.
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Old 22-04-2008, 08:38 PM   #5
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So its about 100 nautical miles.

Is it rough sort of sea, or the sort of stuff I saw las time I was in Miami?

( sea off Miami made conniston look rough! )
Sometimes it is a little bit bigger than other times......did you notice that this shot is taken as the boat is descending....how high did he really get???
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Old 22-04-2008, 09:49 PM   #6
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that must rate in the top 10 of powerboat photos,i bet that hurt when they came back down to earth
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