The G3 Race Team has jbuilt a 52’ MTI Catamaran with turbine power to go after endurance records and poker runs! Check out some recent coverage on this exciting new project, as written by Poker Runs America, below!
Former world and national offshore powerboat racing champions Gregg Rosen and Rick Merola are taking on a new challenge in a new boat. The G3 Race Team has built a 52’ MTI catamaran with turbine power to go after endurance records and participate in poker runs.
Rosen, the owner/driver of the boat and Merola, the throttleman/team manager turned their friendship into a racing partnership in 2006 and began building and campaigning poker run and raceboats. The team made its mark flying the Aqua-Mania logo that includes the United States and Canadian flags. In their new venture, the team has set a goal to run from Miami to New York in 10 hours re-fueling once at sea.
“We think we can break the record big-time,” said Rosen. Added Merola, “I don’t have to do it in 10 hours. I just want to.”
That means averaging at least 100 mph, which shouldn’t be a problem. They took delivery of the boat in August 2015 and in their second outing, Rosen, Merola and four other passengers ran 201 mph. They had hoped to make their first attempt at Miami to New York this past August, but the boat wasn’t ready. It made an appearance at the Poker Runs America‘s Alexandria Bay Poker Run in July, but couldn’t run full speed because of a gearbox issue.