Following Saturday’s “washing machine” conditions in Cocoa Beach, FL—which caused the cancellation of scheduled personal-watercraft races—seas flattened considerably on Sunday, resulting in a more conducive race course under positive weather conditions.
Sunday’s offshore action kicked off with three bracket classes: Class 5, Class 6 and Class 7. Class 5 saw Team Woody, with driver J.J. Turk and throttleman Mike Stancombe trading the lead several times with Shoreline Plumbing, with driver Brent Appiarius and throttleman Nick Imprescia. In the last quarter of the race, Shoreline snatched the lead away from Woody and held onto it all the way to the end. Unofficially, #601 Run Runner appeared to win Class 6, and Jackhammer appeared to win Class 7, although neither result was immediately clear because officials were trialing a new scoring system.
The second race of the day featured Mod-V class competitors. World Champion racers Brit Lilly and Kevin Smith (of LSB Hurricane of Awesomeness fame) moved their Tug It competitor from Stock to Mod-V class, and led their competition for most of the race. Unfortunately, the team suffered engine failure, allowing the father/son team of Stephen and Steve Kildahl in Boatfloater.com to take the lead and #727 Visit St. Pete to grab second place. However, Lilly and Smith ripped open the engine hatch and quickly eradicated whatever mechanical gremlin they had, and actually managed to finish the race in second place.