Mercury Four-Stroke Outboards Dominate in Europe
Mercury’s new 115 Pro XS four-stroke outboard captured the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Class 3A and 3B World Championships in Tvedestrand, Norway. The engine, which was released as a consumer model earlier in 2016, proved its mettle in challenging conditions. In the third and final race of the 3A World Championships, Jack Bobin and his Motorvated Racing team, which runs a 115 Pro XS four-stroke, overcame huge odds to claim the title.
When the green flag flew, Bobin was running deck to deck with Team Slayer, which ran a two-stroke outboard, but the latter had a clamp-bracket problem on their motor, which forced it to drop out of competition. Unaware of his competition’s problems, Bobin charged on to take the checkered flag and the 2016 title. Bobin raced a two-stroke in 2015, but as soon as he heard a lighter four-stroke was available, he ordered one. He said the new motor gave him better acceleration out of turns and a higher top end.
In Class 3B, Fredrik Groth Fyro and Hann Thoren of Sweden piloted their Twister catamaran to back to back wins and used a conservative approach to claim the championship.
OPA Kicks Off Back to Back Weeks of Offshore Racing in Great Lakes
The Offshore Performance Association is bringing its fleet of offshore powerboat racing teams to St. Clair, Mich., on the weekend of July 29-31 at the St. Clair River Classic. The festivities start with arrival of the boats to the Race Village on N. Riverside Street in St. Clair on Friday. The hospitality and beer tents open at 3 p.m. in Palmer Park.
On Saturday, the Race Village opens to the public at 10 a.m. and the teams will be testing from 12:30 to 3:30. Racer autograph sessions will take place from 5 to 7 with the location to be determined. Action starts on Sunday with the first race starting at 12 p.m. Race 2 is scheduled for 1:30, followed by Race 3 at 3 p.m. and, if needed, Race 4 at 4:30. The day’s trophies will be handed out at the Riverview Plaza at 7 p.m.
Double Points at Stake at 8th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix
As mid-season motivation, Superboat International is making the 8th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, Ind., on August 7 a double-points event. The teams arrive at the dry pits in Washington Park on Friday, August 5 and testing will take place Saturday afternoon. There will be a boat parade Saturday at 6 p.m. followed by a block party.
Racing kicks off Sunday at 11 a.m. with the second race starting at 1 p.m. The awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa in Michigan City.
Old Hickory Fun Run
The Old Hickory Fun Run will take place in Nashville, Tenn., on July 28-30. The event starts with a downtown run through the dam on Thursday that’s limited to the first 50 paid entries and sponsors. That’s followed by a popular lunch run and raft up on Friday and the poker run, raft up and event party on Saturday with bands and a live auction. The charity for this year’s event is Operations Stand Down and they put 88 percent of their funding into programs for our soldiers who are coming home and trying to get back into society. Last year’s event had more than 100 boats attend including participants from the Florida Powerboat Club, Mystic Powerboats, Scott Shogren from Shogren Performance Marine. Visit the Old Hickory Fun Run page on Facebook.