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There was some big water out there today which provided a steep learning curve for me in my debut race season. The team will need to carry out some repairs before the next race on Florida’s Gulf Coast and I can’t wait to get back into action next month.
The Royal Australian Navy-backed 222 Offshore of Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella took their maiden Class 1 victory of the year in challenging Lake Michigan waters yesterday. The Australian and Italian duo started the race in P2 on the outside of polesitters, Huski Racing.
At the drop of the green flag, Huski Racing and 222 Offshore commenced battle to the first turn buoy ahead of the new Class 1 entry, XINSURANCE Good Boy Vodka Racing, and JBS Racing. It was Nicholson and Carpitella in their 222 Offshore Victory catamaran that would prove to have the right boat set up for the day, as they out-accelerated the Huski Racing crew of Steve Curtis and Travis Pastrana, opening a sizeable lead and never looking back. Huski Racing Technical Director, Gary Stray explained: “It started out as a very competitive race with us battling with 222 Offshore, but on the third lap we had a turbo temperature sensor fail which put us into guardian mode for the rest of the race.”
GBX Racing’s Alex Pratt and Miles Jennings produced the heartstopper of the day, taking a massive jump and standing the boat straight up in the air and landing on its side. The Anglo-American pairing would continue to finish third, despite significant damage to their MTI catamaran. Pratt commented: “There was some big water out there today which provided a steep learning curve for me in my debut race season. The team will need to carry out some repairs before the next race on Florida’s Gulf Coast and I can’t wait to get back into action next month”
Jeff Stevenson and Micheal Stancombe of JBS Racing did not finish the race, pulling out with a mechanical issue after seven laps.
With Huski Racing still leading the championship, the next round will be in St. Petersburg, Florida, September 2-4.
Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella with flag: Paul Kemiel/Speedboat Magazine