Galati Yacht Sales and Maritimo Yacht owners rendezvoused at the Superboat World Championships in Key West, FL to cheer on the Gold Coast Maritimo Offshore Racing team.
Festivities started Thursday with a kickoff party aboard GYS M58 and M64 Yachts at Stock Island Marina. Throttle man Ross Willaton made a guest appearance. Fans were able to take photos and raise their glasses to wish Ross and the rest of the Maritimo Race Team good luck in the upcoming races for the weekend.
On Friday, race fans boarded the Maritimo Yachts and headed out to watch the races. Siting at turn one, guests were able to enjoy the energy and excitement. Unfortunately, for the Maritimo team, a blower belt to the supercharger failed during the start of the race.
Friday night Team Galati and Team Maritimo attended the Boat Parade on Duval Street and the VIP cocktail party at Lik Art Gallery.
Saturday, the Maritimo mechanical team rushed into action and had the boat ready for final day of racing on Sunday. Team Galati and Fans took the opportunity to tour Key West and join in camaraderie of the festivities around town. All in our matching race shirts!
Sunday is Final Race Day! Race fans met at Stock Island Marina for lunch on the docks and then headed out to the races!
Maritimo was running neck and neck with the boat that ultimately won the world championships when a blown steering hose ended their hopes.
The boat was traveling at more then 120MPH when the failure occurred and the vessel was sent spinning around and slammed stern first into the water breaking a tunnel tab completely off. “They were neck and neck with the CMS Offshore Racing boat that ultimately won and had it not been for the steering hose mishap things would have been very different,” say Greg Haines, Maritimo Sales and Marketing Manager.
Everyone was safe and the race fans still had a wonderful time despite the mishap and plan to attend the Maritimo Muster with Galati Yacht Sales to cheer on Team Maritimo next year!