First powerboat race ’round the world

The first-ever round-the-world powerboat race will begin from Charleston, S.C., in January 2001 in a fleet of vessels that at first glance appear more like lake cruisers than extreme powerboats.

The 20-foot aluminum vessels, designed by Dave Jackman, are self-righting, and they will be operated by a two-person crew on a voyage that is expected to last 10 months. The vessels’ 20-hp engines can make turns for a top speed of six knots (six knots!) and will likely be built by the Arkansas-based SeaArk, a manufacturer of commercial aluminum vessels.

Contact Magellan Challenge race organizer Jim Betts in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., at 732-295-8258.

By Ocean Navigator