MOTUL Monster established a Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Speed Record between Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday at 1:01:40 and also won Class A in the ‘Great Race’.
Joey Sabeeney, driver of MOTUL Monster told Trinidad and Tobago Newsday after:
It was a fast race, one of the fastest we ever we did.
It was close at the start, Mr Solo was there at the start for a few minutes.
We reached the Bocas first and then we just kept pulling away slowly then coming out of Maracas we pushed on.
The weather conditions were good, a lot calmer than we thought it would be.
Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson from the US had the idea of incorporating a record run into the race that was first held in 1969.
Their boat #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook which established Guinness and UIM Speed Records from Key West to Cuba last year, was over 7 minutes slower than MOTUL Monster and finished second in Class A.
Hook told Newsday:
It was a really good competition.
The water was really, really calm.
We had some luck today, we had a bit of luck but to race against such really good competition…we tried to make it up at the end.
This has been an incredible weekend, it took us a week to get here but the whole of Trinidad and Tobago has made us feel so welcome.
We were a little worried coming into the Caribbean, we’re the only foreign entry in the last 29 years but this has really been fantastic, it really lived up to its name, ‘Great Race’
The Trinidad and Tobago Powerboat Association organiser Roger Bell spoke to the local newspaper about the event:
We are behind Sport Tourism, the TTPBA has now gone International having been sanctioned by the UIM.
I would like the Government to step up, I know it is very hard times and there are lots on their plate but Sports Tourism
We can get people here from as far as Abu Dhabi, Europe and North America to race in our waters.
2018 Trinidad & Tobago Great Race Results
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.