Offshore powerboat racing

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  1. gonzo
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    We are entering our Team CAL500 in the 2013 Cowes to Monte-Carlo World Cup Powerboat Grand Prix. At 2,400 nautical miles, it is considered to be the longest and toughest offshore powerboat race in the world. Team CAL500 will represent the USA against 50 entries from all over the world.
    Our powerboat of choice is based on the MSV designed in 1972 by legendary offshore racer, Sonny Miller. As an aerospace engineer he brought cutting edge technology and innovation to the sport. For 2013, we have modified the original design specifically for this marathon endurance race. From the legendary ‘Popeye’ to the more famous ‘La Tortuga I & II’, the MSV – which some consider to be the first ‘superboat’ - has a proven design which has won two U.S. Championships and various Class-5 races. A brief history along with some vintage photos of the MSV can be seen at our website: www.cal500.com.
     
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  2. michael pierzga
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    I never followed offshore racing. How does the race committee adjust schedules to avoid weather induced demolition derbies ? Or is it ...Dems dat died were the lucky ones ?
     
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    What boats do you compete with?
     
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    The widebody MSV. It is a wider version of the old MSV. I am laying the hull for the race in a month or so. It is 42' by 11'6". We are running diesels at about 2000HP
     
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    What other boats are in the race? I spot donzi and sunseeker on competitors. Do you know what boats you will race against?
     
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    Yes, if you go on their website under competitors, they have the list of all fifty.
     
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    We want pictures :D
     
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    http://www.cowestomontecarlo.com ???
    Don't find what boats they are racing.
     
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    Several teams have not yet said what boats they have.
     
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    I had no idea you were such a petrol-head Gonzo!:D
    The very best of luck to you and your team - I'm green with envy... it promises to be an awesome event.
    Please keep us up to date on the build and your progress in general...
     
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    Thats pretty damn cool, Gonzo! Best of luck-keep the info coming...
    PS- since I've been a member here that is the longest piece I remember seeing you write.......
     
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    Previous Builders: Sonic Marine Miami.

    Is 'Sonic Marine' Sonic USA that built this hull too?
     
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    Sonic Marine is one of the companies that built that model.
     

  15. whitepointer23

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    good luck gonzo, what a great event to be involved in.
     
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