Clubs and DestinationsbyPublished on 04-18-2016 08:45 AM
As West Michigan Offshore has their one year anniversary, the importance of the giving spirit of the performance boating world once again jumps out into the spotlight. Those outside people who tend to believe that performance boaters are nothing but a bunch of belligerent egotists have never taken the time to see the many ways performance boaters try to help those less fortunate than themselves. And we are proud to say that the West Michigan Offshore members are continuing that proud tradition.
The Weather at the Boatwerks could not have been any better!
As people arrived at the Boatwerks Restaurant in Holland, Michigan to ...byPublished on 11-05-2014 10:49 AM
Courtesy Shoot 2 Thrill Pete
Stock Outboard, the only class where the world's rules match the US rules, also appears to be strong this year. There are a few boats who will have the role of favorites, the wider Doug Wrights being the boats with the advantage over the narrower tunneled competition. But, there is one boat that we will be keeping our eyes on closely to see how it does. Risky Business, a 1992 Skater 28 with a pair of Mercury Racing 200 XS outboards (running approximately 240 HP), will be competing against ...byPublished on 11-05-2014 09:55 AM
Wow, all reports from Key West are saying the fleet for the Superboat Unlimited class will be the largest ever assembled, nine competitors. We will update this story as it progresses, but we wanted to make sure you were prepared for the 1:30 PM start today. We figured a short blip is better than no blip, sorry. The races will be carried on Livestream starting at 9:30, so if you're not in Key West, watch if you get the chance because the Wednesday races are short.
2014 National Champion, ...byPublished on 11-04-2014 10:37 AM
Superboat in SBI has been growing since they modified the rules for the class a couple years ago. As the combined classes of the old Superboat 750, Superboat 850, and Supercat, the class had a group of teams to choose from. The only question was, would they all buy in to a class that almost mimicked the old Supercat Rules before the changes early in this century.
Many of us can remember the 12 or 13 boats that competed on a regular basis in the Supercat Class in the late 90's and early 00's, but it disappeared into a multitude of classes where the rules seemed to change annually. Well, that seems to be the case no longer and the teams appear ...byPublished on 11-03-2014 09:24 PM
The Superboat Vee class in Key West for the 2014 SBI World Championships appears to be a five boat contest. Notables missing are Phantom 9 and BoatFloater.com. Steve Kildahl of BoatFloater is still recovering from his flip in the P1 Championship races, so his son will be in Sunprint with Steve Miklos. Stephen Kildahl will be driving with Steve Miklos on the throttles. We are all still wishing Steve a speedy and full recovery so we can watch father and son out there competing again.
This is the first race where these five boats will be running together ...byPublished on 11-02-2014 09:12 PM
For everyone who survives the influence of the overall Key West atmosphere of fun, the races on Wednesday, the races on Friday, and still have the energy to head down to Duvall Friday evening for the parade and street party, there will also be another place to hook up with ardent performance boaters while admiring all of the race teams along Duvall. Our friends Matt and Jason from Speed On The Water and Gino from BurgerFi will be hosting a party at Gino and John's BurgerFi restaurant on Duvall Friday evening.
Once again, ...byPublished on 11-01-2014 08:49 PM
Key West Florida is the epicenter of offshore boat racing this week as we all know. The 34th World Championship event is being held in Key West and should have some very exciting racing. Rumors have it there will also be a bit of partying happening between, and sometimes during, the racing events.
The first main party event this year will be on Wednesday night after the races. Hammer Down Boating, along with Team Envy, Gone Again Racing, Hurricane of Awesomeness, and IR Designs is inviting all to attend a get together at Rick's Key West on Duvall ...byPublished on 08-15-2014 09:19 AM
As a pre-Captain America was toasting his upcoming transformation into a much bigger and tougher super hero ready to save the world through the magic of science, he probably didn't know that some Little Guys can make it in the outside world without any magical transformation into some larger entity. If there is any question about little guys being tough, check out Bruce Lee at 5' 8" and 141 lbs. So maybe being tough, or in the thick of a contest has nothing to do with size, maybe it's just Karma.....
Karma refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, ...byPublished on 07-14-2014 11:30 PM
Well, we've been going to Boyne Thunder as a group of friends now for three years. Brooks and Mickie, Carl and Diane, Tracy and Connie, Terri and I all got together for the first time at the 2012 Boyne Thunder event. At dinner we always go for a big round table for us to sit at so we can chat with each other and tell stories about the run while we wait for the poker hands to be revealed. After this weekends event, we were thinking about things and decided we were the luckiest table in the history of poker runs.
Our first year as a group, Carl and Diane won the second place prize ...byPublished on 07-10-2014 09:14 AM
A Charlevoix waterfront restaurant and marina came close to an untimely end a couple years ago, but luckily, a couple of performance boaters with a super hero and a greek goddess portrayed as their respective on-the-water rides, combined forces to save the establishment from demise in 2013. Not only were they able to save and re-open the restaurant, but also improved it as a Lake Charlevoix destination. While it may not be a spot for high performance boating fly-bys, (it presides on a no-wake zone of the lake), it is home to some really good food and a location with a very interesting history along with their great views of the water and boats.
Iceman, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics, is an original member of the X-Men. A mutant, Iceman ...Published on 07-27-2012 08:56 PM
After a great lunch at the Weather Vane in Charlevoix, it was time to head back to the marina to run the second half of the course. While getting ready to go, we found out that the 12 boat raft off at the marina was a new record according to the harbor master, (the old record being held by sailboats at one of their events, can’t let that stand!!!!), so another “number one” record for Boyne Thunder 2012!
Anyway, great weather and gorgeous water said it was time to get those sweet Verado’s in gear. Getting away from the docks ended up being easier than first thought. We were boat #2 out of a 6 boat raft off. The ...Published on 07-18-2012 09:02 PM
Although picking up in popularity over the past few years, the Boyne Thunder Poker Run had been one of the undiscovered gems among the big boy poker run crowd. The traditional Boyne Thunder run has included a trip out around Beaver Island, a distance of over 30 miles each way across what can be a rough stretch of water in the open part of Lake Michigan. This year the course changed to stay a bit closer to the west coast of Michigan’s Traverse, Charlevoix, and Harbor Springs areas. The organizers have found some of the most beautiful scenery to be viewed ...Published on 07-07-2012 09:06 PM
I am pretty sure that was the first question that popped into most of the racers heads when the event was first being discussed. I know it was my first thought, and I live in Michigan. I doubt it will be a question that is ever raised again, certainly not by anyone who pays attention to offshore racing events.
It’s hard to believe from the outstanding overall success, but this was the inaugural edition of the Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix in Tawas Bay, Michigan. The organizers had only a few short weeks to get everything to come together and they must have really burned the midnight oil to make sure this event came off as well as they possibly ...Published on 02-07-2012 12:09 AM
by Serious Offshore
2011 was an “interesting” year for performance boating events across the country. Of all of them, the NPBA-sponsored Aronow Memorial race ranks pretty high up on the interesting scale. After a twenty-one year hiatus, the Around Long Island Marathon quickly became one of the most anticipated events of 2010.
The significance of this race is most likely best represented by the list of its former winners. That list includes Sam Griffith, Jim Wynne, Odell Lewis, Alan “Brownie” Brown and Dick Genth as well as the team of Bill Sirois and Fred Kiekhaefer.
The resurrection of this iconic race was the result of the efforts of NPBA’s Billy Frenz and HORBA ...Published on 11-12-2011 12:29 AM
by Joe Offshore
At 23 I accompanied a friend to the races at Key West. Awe can’t even begin to describe what I felt as we explored the race camps in Mallory Square. New boats, old ones, wooden, glass and aluminum ones were arranged casually about. Crated engines bagged and ready to be installed for the next day’s race. Engines going in and out, grinders spinning and wrenching in every direction. The sounds of engines running filled the air and seldom stopped. Boats from ...