BREAKING: Official Results and Winners
Super Boat International and Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix present “Thunder On Cocoa Beach” May 17-20. Bring your beach chair, tent, grill and coolers there is not a bad seat in the ‘house’. VIP tickets are available for purchase for a seat in the premier viewing area. Don’t miss all the parties and meet the race teams and get your photo taken with one of these massive, powerful racing boats. Racing teams are already rolling into the Dry Pits at The Cove in Port Canaveral.
One of the first boats to arrive is the #17, Wake Effects. A 48′ MTI hull packed with twin 1650 HP Mercury engines based out of Olathe, KS. The owner, Rusty Rahm of Olathe is the Driver of record, with throttle-man Jeff Harris out of Greenville, NC. Wake Effects is a crowd favorite.
The first event of the weekend was Thursday evening’s High Octane Kick-Off Party at Juice n Java in Cocoa Beach. This was an opportunity to meet the race teams to view and photograph a few of the race boats on their trailers. Also, volunteers and media checked in. Live music by Vince Reed Band enlightened the inside audience sipping coffee and wine.
Saturday, Testing Day, was a typical summer storm sesh day with walls of rain blowing through only to give way to partial windows of operations. The wet pits well, started off ”wet’, the first boat in the water was Lucas Oil Silverhook #77 of the Superboat Unlimited followed by the Reliable Services Group #S-111 of the Superboat Stock Class. Miss Geico #113 got into the water but developed problems early and never took to the seas for testing.
The surf was up as several boats made it to the course for test runs. The weather kept the fans off the beach however the Cocoa Beach Pier was crowded at the Riki Tiki Tavern. A few boats developed problems and went ‘dead’ in the water but recovered and headed back to the Wet Pits. One racer made several laps and gave the crowd a sense of what’s is scheduled for Sunday.
The boat above is MGI Digital Tech (Konica-Minolta) #33 in the Superboat Class. Powered by 2-750 HP Mercury motors in a 41′ MTI hull. Driven by Glen Hibbard of Euless, TX and Navigation and Throttling by Randy Sweers of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This only boat registered for this class due to a safety boycott by some of the most popular boats normally in this race. M-Con, STIHL, Cleveland Construction, Jimmy Johns, Pro Floors and WHM Motorsports who arrived unexpectedly on Friday evening.
One boat arrived from Norway after their European race series was shut down. Jesses #91 from Vollen, Norway in the Unlimited Class. Zaborowski Racing. Powered by 2-940HP Mercury motors in a 42′ Victory Hull. Driven by Ugur Isik of Lighthouse Pt, FL and Navigation and Throttling by Miles Jennings of Devon, UK. The #1 Ranch, Fresh Quality Sauces. Heavy rain shortened this boats test.
Check back as more exciting photos and reporting during the event and a recap will be added post-race.