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World Champions Crowned

Numerous teams win titles to close out 2015.

December 22, 2015
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The 40′ Skater, Cat Can Do, won the world and national championships in OPA’s Extreme Class. Pete Boden, Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

In addition to the CMS team in Superboat Unlimited, six teams won offshore racing world championships in November in Key West with Super Boat International, and another 10 teams took home world titles at the Offshore Powerboat Association event in Englewood, Florida, a week later.

First in Key West, in the Superboat class, Billy Mauff and Jay Muller took the top honors in Mauff’s 40-foot Skater, WHM Motorsports, with two firsts and a second in a strong showing. Muller duplicated his feat in the Superboat Stock class in the 32-foot Doug Wright, Talbot Excavating, with owner/driver Kyler Talbot. On the V-bottom side, multi champion Peter Meyer added to his list of titles, throttling his 40-foot Fountain, Hooters Instigator, to victory in the Superboat Extreme class. In the single-engine V-bottom Super Vee class, Steve Miklos and Jason McGonnel took home the gold in their 31-foot Extreme, Sun Print. The 36-foot Spectre 2nd Amendment added to its list of accolades with the win in the Manufacturer 3 class while Crazy Chicken bested the Manufacturer 4 class.

At the OPA World Championships at the Englewood Beach Waterfest, teams raced over two days, and those who accumulated the most combined points claimed the championships. In the Extreme class, Keith Holmes and Barry Glovick piloted their 40-foot Skater, Cat Can Do, to victory over the popular Miss GEICO team of Marc Granet and Scotty Begovich. In the Super Cat class, the equally popular Team AMSOIL‘s silver 36-foot Skater with throttleman Bob Teague and driver Paul Whittier prevailed ahead of Holmes and Ed Smith in the 38-foot Skater Cleveland Construction.

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Super Stock class saw throttleman/owner Gary Ballough and driver Jimmie Harrison and their 32-foot Doug Wright, FJ Propeller, take the honors ahead of Ryan Beckley’s 30-foot Skater, Cape Haze Marina.

Speaking of popular race teams, Brit Lilly and Ronnie Umlandt were victorious in their 30-foot Extreme, LSB Racing, in the Super Vee Lite class.

Some of the most competitive racing took place in the OPA’s bracket classes, which have maximum speeds that racers cannot exceed. Class 2 saw the popular 48-foot MTI, Batboat, run unopposed to the title while 2nd Amendment grabbed its second world championship of the month in Class 3. The father-son team of Johnny and Jason Saris took the title in Class 4 in their 30-foot Cobra, Saris Racing. In Class 5, Wazzup II beat 10 other teams for a hard-fought championship while Woah Mama defeated five other teams in Class 6 and Hanging N Bangin held on for first in Class 7. For full results check out www.oparacing.org.

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