Formula One Powerboats are sleek, glamorous, light and extremely maneuverable. The power to weight ratio is among the highest in all of motorsports. From a performance perspective, F1 boats accelerate from 0-100 mph in just 5 seconds, as quick as a Formula One race car. Top speeds reach 120 mph with the capability of taking a180-degree corner at 100 mph, pulling 7.0 G’s in the process making them the most demanding turning race machine in the world.
F1 Powerboat competition starts with a 20+ boat field lined up with the engine off, the dropping of the start flag vaults them to life as their engines roar and the rooster tails spray thousands of gallons of water as they accelerate towards the first turn. The spectator friendly, tight race course is made up of a combination of right and left hand hair pin turns with a variety of straights providing for deck to deck competition within inches of each other. No two laps are ever the same due to the ever-changing water and wind conditions making the F1 one of the most challenging racing machines in the world to drive.
Formula Lights (support class) Speeds typically of 67-70 mph that race on a 35 second course. These 12-foot tunnel boats are equipped with a 44.9 cu. In. two cylinder engine. Looks like the F1 boat but smaller.
Tri Hull (support class) the boats are based on the pleasure boat tri hull design. Equipped with a safety roll cage to protect the driver who is strapped in with a 5-point safety harness. Powered by a maximum of a 100 cu. In. motor. This is our only class that has a claiming rule on the engines. The Tri Hull class is known for its bumping and banging water churning competition.
J Hydro (support class) Speed: 40 mph Engine: 9.9 hp J Hydro class was integrated into the series as an outlet to train and groom our youth into the future racers of America. Kids, ages 9-16, can learn the basics of racing through experience in these 12′ knee rider boats propelled by 9.9hp outboard engines. Knowledge of the sport is gained in a comfortable environment with constant, constructive guidance and direction from all involved. All the propellers are owned by the series with the small driver’s picking each weekend propeller by lottery to keep a level playing field amongst themselves.