Miami Grand Prix Sailing

August 31, 2012 by  

Miami Grand Prix Sailing, The Miami Super Boat Grand Prix 22nd edition, presented by Super Boat International, was the third race of the season. The 6.5-mile course ran between 8th and 44th Streets along South Beach which is also nicknamed SoBe.

Thirteen race boats hit the throttles on 15th July at 1pm and by 2pm, after the Super Boats raced 13 laps totaling 82+ miles, the results were in! The 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV was not only the first in the Super Boat Extreme class, but also the first V-hull across the finish line taking second overall, trailing the Norwegian Supercat Unlimited number 8 MTI 50′ powered by twin Mercury 1350 turbo engines and driven by Tor Staubo and throttled by Johnny Tomlinson.

The 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV SilverHook 48GP ran flawlessly once again consuming the confused 2 to 4 foot seas with aplomb. ‘Since the Key West finals, the SilverHook has continued its uncontested success’ expressed driver Michael Silfverberg thanking the team for all their hard work.

‘This marks another notch in the belt for the SilverHook 48GP’, announced throttleman Nigel Hook. ‘My partner, Michael Silfverberg, and I built this prototype to become the ultimate mono hull brand. We are so ecstatic with the results that we are planning to build two SilverHook boats to sell to the public next year. Either the 48GP (race) or 48GT (pleasure version) will be available and we are now starting to consider qualified buyers.’ Hook went on adding he was chuffed with the compliment from John Kenyon, former APBA Commissioner stating: ‘I have been at the center of offshore racing since the early 1970s and this SilverHook is the most outrageous looking boat I have seen, and it runs as outrageous as it looks!’

At the last race, the 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV SilverHook 48GP added a new name to the roster of sponsors: LifeProof – the best action case for your iPhone or iPad. Additionally, the team has entered into closer relationship with Race Technology and added technical guru Kieran Ironmonger as a valued member of the team. Being able to run analytics across all the data we collect has enabled the rapid optimization of the new SilverHook – the new design was in a computer less than 20 months ago. SilverHook is synchronizing four cameras with the data off both engines along with GPS and accelerometer feeds to analyze post race.

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