A pair of Naval Special Warfare combat boats from the SEALS division will be joining five world-class offshore race boats as they compete in a race from the Huntington Beach Pier around Catalina Island on Friday, Sept. 30.
The boats, which will participate in tandem, measure around 40 feet and will be piloted by six passengers in each craft. The boats are capable of speeds of around 60 mph.
Sanctioned by the UIM and APBA, Ocean Cup 2022 is the opening act of Pacific Airshow, the best-attended airshow in the United States. Registration began Wednesday and has been continuing through Thursday, with technical inspections and a support briefing held Thursday afternoon. Boats will be launched Friday at 6 a.m. and competition will commence shortly after 7 a.m. The race will officially end at 9:30 a.m., and an awards ceremony will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.
In addition to the military boats, the five offshore teams include:
• Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson in Lucas Oil, a 52' Mystic that currently holds the record it set last year of 1 hour, 10 seconds, with an average speed of 112.19 mph. • TonyAdams and Steve Seaton in Patriotic Duty, a 47' Outerlimits. • MichaelDrury and Chris Camire Jr. in Revelation Racing, an open-canopy 28' Lavey Craft. • AndyCopeland and JeffreyMcCann in Copelands/Raymarine, a Skater-built 40' Fountain V-bottom powered by a pair of turbine jet engines. • Kyle Lancon and Tim Pattison in Jolly Roger II, an outboard-powered 28' Ocke Mannerfelt-designed bat boat.