Super Expectations

The Super Boat International (SBI) season opener is just a couple of weeks away, and there is a buzz surrounding the Superboat class that I’ve yet to encounter in the decade or so I’ve been covering the sport—and for good reason.

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The competition in the Super Boat International Superboat class is expected to be stiff this season. Photo by Jay Nichols/Naples Image

With nine viable boats listed on the SBI website, and a few other teams waiting in the wings that could possibly join the class, which features offshore catamarans powered by twin 750-hp engines, the 2014 racing season appears to have some terrific momentum.

Now will all of the boats be in attendance at the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Grand Prix in Englewood, Fla., on April 10-13? Definitely not. One thing’s for sure, though, there will be some familiar faces on different teams this year. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention here’s a brief summary with links to each story as reported on

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