An outsider, John Verese came through a big field to win the Benihana Powerboat race off Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA, on Wednesday (16 July).
SV Pre-race favourite Sandy Setulo preparing for race.
GV Boats at starts of race.
CU Man with binoculars.
GV Start of race and No. 4 takes lead.
GV No. 9 racing.
GV No. 36 "Blonde" racing.
SV People on boat watching.
LV "Blonde" with engine trouble.
GV Race in progress. (4 shots)
GV No. 83 wins race.
GV Boats at end of race.
TRANSCRIPT: "Fog and sea-smoke obscured the course early, and pre-race favourite Sandy Setulo used the delay to finish an overnight swop, dropping a brand-new pair of six hundred horsepower engines into this thirty-six foot cigarette, the "Copper Kettle".
"When the day burned off to a light haze, the thundering racers were ready....and the on-shore legs went pretty much as expected..with speed-merchant Hal Salmann of Bokar Rstonne, Florida, showing the way. Then, this year's world championship leader, Wally Franz in a Bertram.... Last year's top racer Carlo Bonomi back from Italy -- and an early retirement -- "Dry Martini"... And local favourite Billy Marton.
"It didn't take long for the fleet to thin out. Fifteen minutes run at full throttle and veteran Rogor Hanks of Midland, Taxes, was all done....his "Blonde Third" lying dead in the water with co-pilot Mark Donogue probably longing for the sanity of the Indianapolis ???-track where he'd enjoyed better luck.
"As ten thousand horsepower roared out to sea, navigation errors took their toll. Following the leader turned out to be disastrous as Salmann missed the marker and led all of the top boats off course with him. That left dark horse John Verese of Miami in a forty-four foot Millar Seconde the only unpenalized boat in the running. Lack of early speed turned out to be the best thing that happened to him all day.
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Background: An outsider, John Verese came through a big field to win the Benihana Powerboat race off Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA, on Wednesday (16 July).
But Verese himself did little out-of-the ordinary to deserve victory in a starting field including last year's top powerboat racer Carlo Bonomi of Italy, and this year's current world championship leader, U.S. racer, Wally Franz.
It was a navigation error by field-leader Hal Salmann from Florida that handed first prize to Verese. Salmann led the first four leading boats off-course to miss a check-point. The penalties incurred by his mistake were enough to allow Varese's comparatively slow speed of 60 miles per hour (96.5 kilometres) over the 180 mile (290 kilometre) course to clinch him victory.
Verese piloted the largest boat in the race, a forty four foot Millar Seconde, and finished the race in three hours 14 minutes.