Tuesday, November 22, 2011

*DVD* PWCOFFSHORE.COM Announces The Release of The 2011 APBA Long Beach to Catalina and Back Offshore US National Championship Race coverage DVD.

Available here: http://www.pwcoffshore.com/DVD_LB2CAT_BACK.php

The best of offshore PWC racing gathered on July 17, 2011 to test their skills against the best offshore racers in the world. The historic Long Beach to Catalina and Back race starts at the Queen Mary for a 28 mile run across the open Pacific Ocean to a turn boat off the coast of Avalon (Catalina Island), then back another 28 miles through Queen’s Gate to a finish boat by the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Get your copy of the DVD via PWCOFFSHORE.COM for complete race coverage from the helicopter!

Who gets the best start? Who's in the lead at the break wall? Who passes who en route to Avalon? Turn boat order? Thinking about racing and want to see for yourself what it’s all about? Study the riding forms of some of the best offshore racers in the world! How do the Yamaha's do in this race? How do the SeaDoos's do in this race? How does the new Kawasaki ULTRA 300X perform during the 2011 LB2CAT? Get your copy of the DVD via pwcoffshore.com LB2CAT DVD Page and see what it’s all about!http://www.pwcoffshore.com/DVD_LB2CAT_BACK.php

PWCOFFSHORE.COM and the offshore racing community wishes to thank the 2011 LB2CAT DVD Sponsors. They are The APBA, TAD Racing Doug White, GreenHulk.net Performance Forums, 4-Tecperformance.com for PWC performance parts, KC Heidler & PWCRACINGTEAM.COM, Steve Friebe Fast Reliable Race Craft, Offshore Robot Racing, Santiago Kuan Racing, RPM Racing Enterprises, and of course PWCOFFSHORE.COM. Support those who support offshore racing!

Highlight is of PWCOFFSHORE.COM Sponsored PROAM Racer on the KAWASAKI ULTRA 300X (A stock 300 hp boat) closing in on Queen’s Gate toward the end of the race. http://vimeo.com/26806725

The 2012 LB2CAT is scheduled for July 22, 2012. Information available here: http://www.pwcoffshore.com/LB2CAT_Race_Page.html Be there!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tom Phan Wins The 2011 APBA Long Beach to Catalina and Back Offshore National Championship. Steve Friebe of PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing wins the 2011 Triple Crown!

Start of 2011 LB2CAT 
Tom Phan Wins The 2011 APBA Long Beach to Catalina and Back Offshore National Championship.  Steve Friebe of PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing wins the 2011 Triple Crown! 

Tom Phan
Once again RPM Racing Enterprises produced the 2011 Long Beach to Catalina & Back APBA PWC Offshore National Championships aka The LB2CAT with Tom Phan of Southern California, USA taking the overall win on his Kawasaki ULTRA 300X!  This prestigious National Championship event is part of the Long Beach Offshore Powerfest weekend that took place on July 16th and 17th. Three separate racing events including the 63rd Annual Catalina Ski Race on Saturday July 16th, the American Powerboat Racing Association’s (APBA) Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (POPRA) Offshore “Rum Run” race and culminated on Sunday July 17th with the APBA Professional Watercraft Racers (PWC) National Offshore Championship Long Beach to Catalina and Back race (LB2CAT) presented by Sea-Doo and Sea-Tow.   The race is a test of a PWC racer’s physical endurance, navigation ability and a fast reliable craft’s ability to successfully make it across the treacherous channel to Avalon and back 58 miles without stopping or refueling.   

Craig Warner
After two epic rough water Triple Crown (TCO) races in 2011, the third and final race would  be a letdown for the rough water “hard core“ offshore zealots  with racers waking up to flat water on July 17.  “I am not a fan of flat water” said former US Marine Russell Libby, “rough water levels the playing field and makes it more about the rider than the boat.”  One 300X rider actually withdrew his entry just prior to the event, “it’s just too flat” he said.  In the 2010 LB2CAT race, racers would wake up to fog, five footers and cross chop that would end up breaking 85% of the Pro Open watercraft and turn back the PWCOFFSHORE helicopter due to the fog.  This year presented the exact opposite course conditions that racers encountered during the 2010 LB2CAT.      

Tyler White
Mark Gerner
Going into the 2011 LB2CAT Race, the point’s leader for the 2011 TCO was back to back 2008 and 2009 overall LB2CAT winner Craig Warner of Corona, CA #1 sponsored by Monster Energy and Kawasaki.  Warner was in the lead for the TCO title and back again in pursuit of his third APBA Offshore National title on a Kawasaki Ultra 300X. Among the early entry favorites were former 2009  Triple Crown Champion, PWCOFFSHORE.COM Founder Mark Gerner #58 on a Kawasaki Ultra 300X who had come in second behind Craig Warner in both of the first two 2011 Triple Crown rough water races.  Tyler White #3 out of Alice Texas of TAD Racing was also an early favorite racing his Kawasaki Ultra 300X.  Unfortunately for both Craig Warner and Mark Gerner who were going into this race 1st and 2nd respectively for the TCO, both would go down with mechanical issues while both were in contention for an overall win.  Warner went down while en route to Avalon and Gerner on the way back just outside the break wall entrance back into the Long Beach Harbor.   Tom Phan would continue on with a very impressive performance and overall victory racing his Kawasaki ULTRA 300X.

KC Heidler
Tom Phan would be first to the turn boat on a smoking fast ULTRA 300X followed by Tyler White and Mark Gerner and then KC Heidler all racing the Kawasaki ULTRA 300X.  Once again, navigation would play a key role on the return trip with two separate lead packs heading different directions back across the channel.  Podium finishers would be Tom Phan (1st), Tyler White (2nd) of TAD Racing in Texas and three time Vet Master IJSBA World Champion and Iron Man Triathlete KC Heidler of PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing taking 3rd place.  All three of the podium racers were racing the Kawasaki ULTRA 300X.  This is the 4th consecutive LB2CAT win for the Kawasaki ULTRA Platform; this win continues to demonstrate Kawasaki’s dominance of offshore racing.  “It looks like a Kawasaki 300X convention around here” one racer was heard saying at the launch ramp.   It should be noted that every class in the 2011 LB2CAT was won by the Kawasaki ULTRA platform.   
Always humble and outwardly gregarious, Tom Phan was gracious with his win thanking his riding friends and fellow offshore racers Jack Chang and Santiago Kuan for their participation in training runs in preparation for the race.  A talented offshore racer, those who know Tom Phan know him as an exceptionally nice person who would give the shirt off of his back for other racers.  Mark Gerner said “ I remember Tom Phan offering to drive 140 miles to pick up a part for another racer who was in need, and the time he insisted that I ride his craft when mine was down and then refusing to take any gas money.”  Tom Phan is “one of the good guys” in our sport Gerner said.  A gentleman racer who is a capable, competent and a hard- hitting offshore racer, this is Tom Phan and our new 2011 Offshore National Champion! 
Steve Friebe

Veteran professional racer Steve Friebe of PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing won the overall points for the 2011 Triple Crown racing his SeaDoo RXTX 255 joining the ranks of previous TCO winners Lee Phan and Mark Gerner.  Friebe put in an impressive performance in the first two TCO races and his 5th place overall finish at the 2011 LB2CAT pushed him into the #1 TCO spot for the 2011 TCO.  KC Heidler of PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing would take 2nd in the TCO and John Feeney of Offshore Robot Racing out of Southern California would take 3rd overall for the 2011 TCO racing his Kawasaki ULTRA 300X.   Steve Friebe would also win the prestigious 2011 PWCOFFSHORE Warrior Award for his actions during the 2011 offshore racing season.  Friebe joins the ranks of previous PWCOFFSHORE Warrior Award winners Ms. Shawn Alladio and John “The Master”  Belton.  Last years LB2CAT champion Kim Bushong would suffer a mechanical early in the race taking him out of contention.     
Russell Libby

Former US Marine Russell Libby would give up his race for another racer who was struggling with a mechanical issue.  Libby would slow his pace and hover next to another Kawasaki that was struggling with only three of four operational cylinders.  Once again, Russell Libby demonstrated that you can take the Marine out of the Marine Corps but you can’t take Corps out of the Marine.  Russell “would not leave his friend behind” during the race.         

Warren Leighton
This year’s LB2CAT featured some international competition with an Australian team that came to compete in this historic 58 mile offshore race.  David Baker and Warren Leighton crossed the pond from Australia to compete and would both put in impressive performances on Kawasaki’s with Warren Leighton winning the sportsman class.  300X Racer Tommy Kolleck of Southern California would lend one of his craft to the team as would Robert Carreon to allow the Australian Team to participate.  Never a dull moment in racing, the Kawasaki ULTRA 250X craft to be used by Leighton would go down only six days prior to the race requiring the team to do a hasty rebuild of the entire engine in only a few days.  Not only did the Australian Team demonstrate their offshore racing prowess, they also demonstrated phenomenal technical skills doing a complete engine rebuild on the craft in only a few days that resulted in the craft running flawlessly throughout the entire race.  

John Feeney
Five classes of personal water craft including the “Sportsman” for the “first time LB2CAT offshore racer” class, “Manufacturer’s Stock” classes to entice the PWC enthusiast to participate on a 100% stock craft and “Super Stock Limited” class (open to all racers that have done minor modifications to their boats except the powertrain) Vet Master and of course the Professional Class.     

The 2011 LB2CAT Class winners were:  PRO Tyler White TAD Racing Kawasaki ULTRA 300X, Vet Master Andy Wise TAD Racing Kawasaki ULTRA 260X, Amateur Open Tom Phan Kawasaki ULTRA 300X, Super Stock Limited Santiago Kuan racing the Kawasaki ULTRA 300X, Sportsman Warren Leighton on the Kawasaki ULTRA 250X. 

Warren Leighton and David Baker
Andy Wise TAD Racing
PWCOFFSHORE.COM and FLY Racing sponsored a “Longest Distance Travelled Award” for the racers that demonstrated the greatest commitment in distance traveled to participate in the race.  Warren Leighton and David Baker from Australia were awarded the FLY Racing Carbon Kevlar Helmet for their long distance travels from Australia to participate.  This is the same helmet used by the PWCOFFSHORE.COM Race Team, the helmet awarded to the team included the custom PWCOFFSHORE race team decal kit from PWCOFFSHORE.   

Derek Newton
The youngest athlete on the course was 17 year old Derek Newton out of Southern California who competed on his Kawasaki 15F.  Newton spent some time prepping for the race with the PWCOFFSHORE.COM Race Team prior to the event.  Newton’s navigation was spot on during the race resulting in an impressive performance from Newton.     

PWCOFFSHORE.COM will be producing a DVD again this year covering the race with helicopter footage and racer interviews!  Stay tuned! 

Pos         Boat #   Name    Class      Time
1              35           Tom Phan            Amateur Open  0:54:55
2              3              Tyler White        Pro/Am                0:55:10
3              7              K.C. Heidler        Pro/Am                0:55:35
4              10           John Feeney      Amateur Open  0:57:23
5              50           Steve Friebe      Pro/Am                0:57:55
6              77X         Tom Cruz             Amateur Open  0:58:00
7              8              Lee Phan             Pro/Am                0:58:50
8              33           Andy Wise          Vet/Master        0:58:56
9              777         Tommy Kolleck Amateur Open  1:01:47
10           470         Akira Tanaka      Amateur Open  1:01:55

Steve Friebe
Congratulations to Tom Phan #35, Moreno Valley, CA on capturing the 2011 Long Beach to Catalina & Back presented by Sea-Doo, Sea-Tow, Tom's Truck Center and Dana Point Jet Ski. With almost perfect weather and on a borrowed boat, Tom Phan marched to victory after the two favorites, Craig Warner #71 RSM, CA Monster Energy/Kawasaki and #58 Mark Gerner, Aliso Viejo, CA PwcOffshore.com riders both retired with motor woes. Warner was the early favorite, winning both Round #1 of the Triple Crown of Offshore Racing - Dana Point to Avalon & Back and Round # 2- Dana Point to Oceanside & Back. Gerner was 2nd to Warner in both rounds of the Triple Crown but it was Phan's day as he passed Gerner approximately 1.5 miles from the breakwater on the return to Long Beach and set his sights on his 1st LB2Cat win finishing just shy of the record with a time of 54 minutes 55 seconds. TAD Racing entry Tyler White was hot on Phan's heels but would end up in the 2nd spot overall and 1st in the Pro/Am Class with a time of 55 minutes 10 seconds. Third Place went veteran racer, K.C. Heidler, #7 Irvine, CA Tom's Truck Center entrant who finished a mere 25 seconds behind White. It is of note to all that this year’s LB2Cat was an international event with two entries from Australia- David Baker, #169 and Warren Leighton #4 who traveled across the pond to compete and say they'll be back next year!!!

Congratulations to Steve Friebe #58, Clovis, CA Clawson's Motorsports sponsored rider on winning the overall title for the 2011 Triple Crown of Offshore Racing! Friebe returned to the racing scene in 2011 after a year off and was a dominant force in offshore endurance racing during all three rounds of the Triple Crown of Offshore Racing. Ten points behind Friebe was K.C. Heidler #7 Irvine, CA Tom's Truck Center who took 2nd Place in the 2011 TCO overall standings. K.C. had a tremendous year and looks to be a potential threat for the 2012 TCO. 3rd Place overall in the 2011 TCO went to John Feeney, #10 Corona Del Mar, CA.
On behalf of RPM Racing Enterprises, we want to thank all staff, volunteers and race teams that participated in the LB2Cat and all three rounds of the Triple Crown of Offshore Racing!

On board video of start of race:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYR215_02k8
2011 LB2CAT Pictures by PWCOFFSHORE.COM Flickr Account:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/31192104@N04/sets/72157627244253858/

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gerner, On Offshore

Gerner, On Offshore
June 20, 2011

Interview with Mark Gerner, founder of www.pwcoffshore.com regarding offshore racing in 2011

Why did you start PWCOFFSHORE.COM?  PWCOFFSHORE.COM was initially founded to bring exposure to the Long Beach to Catalina and Back “LB2CAT” Offshore National Championship Race.  The race was struggling back in mid 2005 and 2006 and we thought a website combined with a group of very competent offshore racers supporting the race and sharing best practices would bring exposure and more participants to the LB2CAT race.  Needless to say, it grew into much more than that.  I love the story about John Belton (one of PWCOFFSHORE Sponsored Racers) in Puerto Rico being approached as a PWCOFFSHORE.COM Sponsored Racer; “Aren’t you with PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing.”  Puerto Rico is a long way from California.     

What attracted you to offshore racing?  The intensity and challenge of racing in rough water.  I used to run long distances (up to Marathons) and have always enjoyed anything athletic that involves pushing the envelope.  Short of mounting a Honda CBR 1100 Super Blackbird XX (a very fast motorcycle) or a Kawasaki Ninja ZX14 and doing 160 mph in the quarter mile, it’s hard to match the adrenalin or intensity of offshore PWC Racing.  The challenge of dealing with everything the ocean can throw at you on a ten foot boat that has in excess of 300 horsepower is a beautiful thing.  Not to mention enjoying the sheer beauty of the ocean and coastline the United States has to offer.  Now keep in mind that I race at the Pro level so it involves the greatest degree of focus, intensity and preparation but there are many classes that are just plain fun to come out and compete in.  Offshore has something for all skill levels including beginners and all kinds of watercraft.  There is even a class called Manufacturers Stock Class that is for 100% stock watercraft to come out and compete.  Buy a craft on Saturday and race on Sunday.           
What is the difference between closed course and offshore racing?  Closed course involves a craft that is setup to go very fast, very quickly and can turn on a dime throughout multiple turns on a closed course for relatively short periods of time.  Offshore racing involves straight line speeds in the open ocean for long durations and point to point navigation at high speeds in big (rough) water outside of break walls.  For example, the LB2CAT is approximately 58 miles round trip in the open ocean.  Offshore racing usually involves racing the larger watercraft.  These two types of racing are two very different things.   

What kind of watercraft does best in offshore conditions?  One with a deep V hull and significant horsepower.  The handlebars are usually a little higher to accommodate a modified standing position.  Navigation equipment (GPS) is a must for offshore.  Right now many offshore racers are gravitating to the Kawasaki ULTRA 250/260/300X platform because of its heavy deep V hull, significant power and great hookup.    

So if you could only own one watercraft for offshore riding and racing, what would it be for 2011?  For 2011, it would be the Kawasaki ULTRA 300X.

What is the best way to get involved in offshore racing?  Buy a boat, take a boating safety class through the Coast Guard or K38 Water Safety, join an offshore forum like www.pwcoffshoreforums.com , ask questions, read www.pwcoffshore.com start to finish, buy the correct craft and all of the safety gear, buddy up with someone equally as passionate as you with a similar skill level and go make it happen.  You will not regret it.  Also check out www.greenhulk.net and join the AWA (American Watercraft Association)      

How fast are these craft going and what is their range?  Most new three seater offshore craft are doing approximately 67.5 mph in stock form.  Many craft can be modified to get to 75 to 82 mph and the Yamaha has a craft called the FZR that some have modified to do over 90 mph.  Offshore racing is about average speed, the crafts pump’s ability to reengage and recover quickly after coming off a swell and ultimately very good hookup.  It is not necessarily just top speed.  Most new craft can go for approximately 60 miles on one tank of gas.   

What is the best way to navigate?  Most purchase the Garmin 76 GPS, train themselves on how to use it which is very simple, attach it smartly to the craft with a pad underneath the GPS, and follow the arrow to get to their destination and back.  This usually involves just inputting a lat and long into the GPS.  It is essential to also have a compass in your back/water pack as a safety backup.  

What is the Triple Crown of Offshore (TCO) Race Series?  The Triple Crown of Offshore Series consists of a series of three offshore races that generates points in each race per race class.  At the end of the third race, the racers with the greatest number of points based on their performance in each race win their various classes for the prestigious TCO Titles for that given year.  There is an overall winner for the TCO.  I won the TCO in 2009, Lee Phan won the TCO in 2010, and Craig Warner is currently ahead in the points for the 2011 TCO.      

In your opinion, who is the best offshore PWC racer in the World?  There are only a few that come to mind.  Right now I would have to say former World Champion and two-time APBA Offshore National champion Craig Warner of Monster Energy Kawasaki is currently the best racer offshore racing has to offer.  
What makes a successful offshore racer?  You have to have the correct equipment and the “Three B’s” apply; Body, Brain and Boat all need to be finely tuned and set on go.  There are many Iron Man Triathletes in our sport (KC Heidler and Kim Bushong to name a few); you have to have tremendous mental toughness and physical stamina to hold contemporary watercraft wide open in 3 to 5 foot chop for an hour.  Brain, you have to have the correct mindset which includes intestinal fortitude, a high tolerance for pain and an aggressive riding style.  Boat, you need the appropriate equipment, that usually involves a deep V and a great deal of horsepower.  If you are racing in the PROAM Class, you will need to find a good technician.  I work with Steve Friebe and Aaron Cress.   

How are selections made for the Sponsored Racers of PWCOFFSHORE.COM?  Talented, passionate offshore racers who are good people are pursued.  The old adage applies, surround yourself with good people and the possibilities are limitless.  Look at the caliber of the PWCOFFSHORE.COM Club members both on and off the water, they speak for themselves.  All of the racers are accomplished racers and equally as critical, they are great ambassadors for our sport that we all love so much.  We don’t take applications, we are an invitation only club and we remain extremely selective on who we bring on.  It is not only about the offshore racer who can fly across the ocean at 82 mph, it is about the racer who can hold it open in the rough stuff and also be a class act and set the standard for professionalism on and off the race course.  The Sponsored Racer needs to have a tremendous passion for growth of our sport and must be willing to engage in support of offshore racing with activities that do not revolve around just his/her performance come race day.  Each of the racers of PWCOFFSHORE.COM is tasked with getting the word out regarding offshore racing and doing what they can to grow the sport.  We use any success we have on the racecourse as a vehicle to grow the sport.  We also create a culture of continuous improvement within the Club.  I remain humbled to be surrounded by such great people in PWCOFFSHORE.    

What is the difference between the Black PWCOFFSHORE Jersey and the Red PWCOFFSHORE Jersey?  The black jersey is usually a racer who has 10 or more years of offshore experience and usually races at the professional level.  The red jersey is for racers that excel at the amateur level.   

What do you see as the future of Offshore Racing in the United Sates?  I am bullish.  Considering we are in a down economy, we’ve had great success with the Triple Crown of Offshore (TCO) Racing in California and have attracted racers from all over the country to travel west to participate and compete for the prestigious TCO Titles.  That said, we are still looking to grow the sport on the East Coast and Texas. We haven’t achieved the success that we wanted there, yet.  We are determined and we will get there.  I’m pleased with what we’ve been able to achieve in a down economy, but we see great opportunity for additional growth and expansion of offshore racing throughout the United States.    

Where do you see the greatest opportunity for growth in the sport?  I’d like to see more promoters getting involved in offshore racing.  Right now we have only a few and we’d like to see more who are equally passionate about offshore racing.  By the way, to be clear, when we refer to offshore racing, we mean in the ocean outside the break wall, not on a lake or behind the break wall.  The ocean, especially when it’s alive, involves a degree of intensity that is in a very different league.      

What are your personal goals for offshore?  I will be very pleased when we have 100 racers at the annual APBA LB2CAT Race; we set this benchmark sometime ago.  We will get there.  Personally, I strive to win the APBA Offshore National Championship Race (LB2CAT).  Anyone who knows me knows I train year round for this.  You know it’s interesting, many think I am also a promoter.  I am not a formal promoter.  I don’t get paid for anyone showing up at any of the races.  I am a racer first.  I love this sport and recognize that without personal involvement by the racer playing a role in the sport, the sport could struggle more than it needs to.  It’s up to us, which mean it is also up to you (the reader who wants to or is racing) to play a role in keeping our sport alive and growing.  I feel strongly about that and will continue to do all I can to get the word out and be supportive of other offshore racers and offshore race promoters.

How do you train for races?  Ride and then ride more.   Mountain Biking.  I hit the gym four to five times a week and ride the ocean at every opportunity I have.  Offshore riding is on weekends only, I have a demanding job and weekdays are focused on work, evenings are focused on working out.  My focus is on legs and cardio.        

What are your greatest accomplishments in offshore racing?  Personal Accomplishments?  Yes personal Accomplishments.  I came close to winning the 2009 LB2CAT Offshore National Championship with a PROAM overall 2nd and overall 2nd place finish, but 2nd place is first loser and I was beaten by former World Champion Craig Warner.  I won the Triple Crown in 2009.  Winning the Mark Hahn 300 Mile Endurance Championship Race with my race partner Robert Carreon was a good day.  Taking the Iron Man at the Mark Hahn 300 was another good day.  Having broken my craft in every race in 2010, I am looking forward to a better performance in 2011.  The Kawasaki ULTRA 300X I have been riding and racing has performed well so far.  I am looking forward to the days, months and years ahead.

For those considering coming out and racing, what would you tell them?  What are you waiting for?  Life is short, come on out and have some fun!  

The Long Beach to Catalina and Back race is July 17, 2011 - be there!   

Friday, January 28, 2011

The 2011 Triple Crown of Offshore (TCO) Jet Ski / PWC Racing dates!

Above photo by Brian Bowen 
RPM Racing Enterprises is the promoter, contact is: Ross Wallach rossdbos26@yahoo.com

Photo by pwcoffshore.com
March 27, 2011 – The Dana Point, Ca to Avalon Offshore Race: From Dana Point to a turn-boat outside of Avalon. The race will be a 58 mile roundtrip race vs. a one-way race. Navigation will be critical! Come watch the finish at Dana Point! Updated information will be posted here: http://www.pwcoffshore.com/Dana_Poin...alon_Race.html

May 22, 2011 or November – Date TBD based on racer feedback – do you want the Dana Point, Ca to Oceanside and Back Race in the third weekend in May or November of 2011? Feedback Appreciated. Right now we are leaning toward May 22 based on existing racer feedback. Updated information will be posted here: http://www.pwcoffshore.com/DanaPoint...side_Race.html

July 17, 2011 - The historic Long Beach, Ca to Catalina and Back Offshore National Championship Race aka “The LB2CAT”. Updated information will be posted here: http://www.pwcoffshore.com/LB2CAT_Race_Page.html
 and here http://www.lb2catrace.com/

Classes: Pro Open, Veteran Master, Manufacturer Stock, Super-Stock Limited, Sportsman and Amateur Open (Amateur Open will require a sufficient amount of participants to allow for the class). ** The Sportsman Class is for a new offshore racer and has a discounted race fee of 100.00 for the Sportsman Class - it is for an offshore racer's first offshore race only (not the season). There is no TCO award for the Sportsman Class.

About The Triple Crown of Offshore: http://www.pwcoffshore.com/Triple_Cr...fshore_58.html

Much more information coming - looking forward to a great offshore racing season!

Have your Long Beach to Catalina and Back race coverage DVD for 2007, 08 and 09?  If not, go to http://www.pwcoffshore.com/