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Old 15-07-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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1 min 54 secs. Whoops.

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Old 16-07-2012, 02:00 PM   #2
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The boat in question is the Australian offshore superboat Maritimo, a Maritimo hull with V8 supercharged engines, driven by Tom Barry Cotter and Ross Willaton, and the spin was deliberate, to correct a course error. Despite the spin, they still won the race by a mile.

The remarkable thing is that the race was the annual Bridge to Bridge powerboat race, held on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney. It's a very flat, very fast and very winding course of about 110 km up the river. The race has been held off and on for about 80 years and in that time it's been pretty much the exclusive domain of inboard hydros, F1 style outboard tunnel boats and big block ski/race monos. This year, two offshore teams (Maritimo and Australian Vehicle Wholesale, which runs an ex Victory class 2 hull) were invited to compete.

The offshore boys took it very seriously indeed and it seems the sight and sound of Maritimo screaming around the tight river course at up to 175 mph made quite an impression on the usual river runners!

Maritimo did the 110 kms in 30.26 minutes (about 138 mph average speed), almost 3 minutes in front of the next finisher. AVH was fourth.

The outright race record is 29.47 seconds so it wasn't for that spin, who knows!

Next year!
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Old 16-07-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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the spin was deliberate, to correct a course error.
Righto.
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You beat me to it Jon!
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Old 16-07-2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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Regardless of what or why, I'll bet it still left a mark, that pole was damn close!

Its also a tight turn for a big cat
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Hmm, based on this picture, maybe not so deliberate!



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This clip gives some idea of the speed and the tightness of the river course

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Hmm, based on this picture, maybe not so deliberate!
I'd say they were very, very lucky! That shoreline must have looked for a second like it was gonna be under them.

I think the idea of deliberately hooking a big cat at 120+ would be insane (and is not true at all), as rudder loss, or sudden grip & high side etc could massively damage, or overturn the boat in an instant, just look at the Wellmax incident, reportedly doing 120 at the time.
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I'd say they were very, very lucky! That shoreline must have looked for a second like it was gonna be under them.

I think the idea of deliberately hooking a big cat at 120+ would be insane (and is not true at all), as rudder loss, or sudden grip & high side etc could massively damage, or overturn the boat in an instant, just look at the Wellmax incident, reportedly doing 120 at the time.
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In that case, i must say that is the most stupid and most amateur way to correct a corse error i have ever seen.

Otherwise, nice run i guess, they won!
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In that case, i must say that is the most stupid and most amateur way to correct a corse error i have ever seen.

Otherwise, nice run i guess, they won!
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