Power duo Rusty Rahm (driver/owner) and Jeff Harris (throttleman) ran hard during Day 1 of the Key West World Championships to take the checkered flag. Key West competition is fierce but the team came out strong for an impressive race to kick-off the week. Additional races will take place Friday and Sunday to determine the final World Champion. Anything can happen in Key West but our eyes are on this pair and we’ll be cheering for an MTI World Champion win! Check out the excerpt below from speedonthewater.com with quotes from the team.


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SBI Key West Worlds Day 1: Victories For Defending Champs And More

The final race of the day saw the Superboat Unlimited-class 2016 world champion Wake Effects team of driver/owner Rusty Rahm and throttleman Jeff Harris take a commanding lead in its 48-foot MTI catamaran and never come close to letting it go. The two Dubai-based Victory team boats manned by driver Elsa Mohamed Abdul Rahmanan and throttleman Steve Curtis and driver Salem Ali Aladidi and throttleman John Tomlinson gave chase but, save for the possibility of a mechanical issue, the final result was never in question.

“The boat was dialed in today,” said Rusty Rahm. “It’s nice to get that first win out of the way; now we’re looking ahead to Friday. We are confident that we can win here this year, but if there’s one thing I know about Key West is you never can predict anything. We’re happy with the win and hope to keep the momentum going.”

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