A retractable wheelhouse towboat is pushing a load up-river while an eagle sits in a tree and watches. Was at the Zoo today (30 Dec, 2006) and saw this on the wall outside of "The Rivers Edge" exhibit.
There have been boat crashes at the Shootout before, but nothing as spectacular as this one of the catamaran "OuterLimits" driven by Joel Begin and Mike Fiore. Tragedy struck the 2014 Shootout when a Outerlimits catamaran driven by Joel Begin and throttled by Mike Fiore crashed at the finish line. A fire rescue boat whisks away Mike Fiore after he was injured in a powerboat crash on Aug. The course was shut down for nearly an hour, as the boat was towed to a nearby ramp, debris was removed from the water, and spilled fuel dissipated. In its 26-years, the Shootout has been noteworthy for its high level of safety and lack of serious crashes.
Catamarans such as Begin’s Outerlimits gain their incredible speed by “packing” air between the two hulls.
The Outerlimits crash occurred directly after Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani attempted a new Shootout record in his 96 Spirit of Qatar catamaran—an attempt which was thwarted by a parachute malfunction.
Joel Begin hails from Quebec, Canada and is no stranger to the Shootout, having won Top Gun in the Top Professional V class in 2012.
Fiore is from Bristol, Rhode Island, and is the founder and owner of Outerlimits Powerboats.
In any given go-fast boat season, there is the good, the bad and the ugly, although the latter are often one in the same. With that in mind, I offer my highly subjective top-three highs and top-two lows (“top-two lows,” feels strange to write that). Olson Claims 2012 Shootout Top Gun Trophy: After My Way, the well-known turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic catamaran wrecked and put itself out of the running before the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, there was plenty of gloom and doom talk about how exciting the event would not be. Outerlimits SV29 Runs 98 mph on Mercury Racing 565 Power: Here’s another one I like for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it flies in the face of all the haters and naysayers who pronounced the new SV29 dead in the marketing water after one of the 29-footers rolled during testing in late spring.
Michael “Doc” Janssen introduced the first SV29 Super V Light raceboat during the Lakes of the Ozarks Shootout. Hayim and Tomlinson Shatter Around Long Island Record: Stuart Hayim wasn’t convinced that Joe Cibellis and Joe Sgro broke his Around Long Island Record last year. Miss GEICO Burns Down in Sarasota, Crew OK: Year after year, Miss GEICO ran most of its “races” without competition. Matt Trulio is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high-performance powerboat world since 1995.


The American Powertrain Parting Shift: Ride Along At The Ohio Mile In The Kuntz and Kuntz Production Pickup! Racing anything is dangerous and we’re sure that Michael Fiore understood that as well as any other guy that climbs into a race car or racing boat. I doubt his family is paying attention Brian but I’m sure the thought is appreciated just the same. Submit ContentWe are always looking for good bang shifty stories, projects, photos & videos. Begin reportedly climbed out of the boat, but the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported he received serious injuries. As the boat picks up speed, the air lifts it out of the water, allowing it to gain maximum velocity with minimal drag. He owns several businesses in Canada; he is married to Guylaine and they have three daughters. With an event happening every weekend, plus what goes down mid-week, plus all the industry stuff—new model-releases and such—it’s impossible to be everywhere at once or even hear about all of it. Proving that one boat does not a thrilling event make, Greg Olson posted a blistering 192-mph run in a 33-foot Eliminator cat—and struck a blow for piston power, courtesy of GT Performance, in the process. But the crash itself, was a serious low, and not just because it knocked the turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic out of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.
He wrote for Powerboat magazine for 17 years and was the magazine’s editor at large until it ceased publication in 2011. While traveling at a very high rate of speed, the boat left the water, flipped, flew and landed very hard on the hull. In this case, we knew that both men were injured but reports indicated that they were in stable, if not serious condition. Michael Fiore will be sorely missed by this family including everyone who Micheal ever met.
The run started well, but just as the brand-new Outerlimits approached the finish line at the end of the one-mile course, the bow began to lift dangerously high. However, a sudden gust of wind or other unpredictable factor can quickly lift the entire boat out of the water, spelling catastrophe.
But I hate that this weekend signals then end of the high-performance boating season, at least in most parts of the country. But the turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic never failed to put on a good show for the fans that did show up. It was a low because less than a month earlier the same boat spun out at 190 mph during another poker run.


Fiore suffered injures during the crash and apparently passed when doctors were trying to perform surgery to repair said injuries. He was there because it was a driving passion that lead him to create and shepherd a business that build some of the best and fastest boats in the world. Fiore, age 44 of Bristol, RI developed complications from surgery when he died at University Hospital in Missouri. We'll give you credit for the submission (of course) and what is cooler than showing all your gang that you have a story on Bang Shift?
Suddenly, the boat flew out of the water, flipping end-over-end, reaching an estimated 50 feet in the air.
However, Fiore's condition appeared to be more dire; an eyewitness reported he was in and out of consciousness. Plus, the first Super V Light version of the boat debuted at the Shootout’s Street Party a few days earlier. He bought a new 42-foot Marine Technology, Inc., catamaran, had TNT Custom Marine rig it with Mercury Racing 1350 engines, hired John Tomlinson to throttle it while he drove and set a record of his own. This simple answer is the same one that you’d give if someone asked you why you were in the driveway, in the garage, or at the drag strip with your car. If that were a member of my own family I would not appreciate seeing it plastered everywhere. When Miss GEICO burned during a test session Sarasota, Fla., offshore racing didn’t just lose its most visible and best-known boat.
The GEICO team hasn’t made any official decisions, but chances are good they’ll stay with piston power for the 2013 season.
And that means there’s a good chance the Qatar team, which planned to go with turbine power to compete against Miss GEICO, will change its plans and go piston. But from noise to fuel consumption, the high-performance powerboating world has enough public perception problems.
The upside is the offshore world will get a new raceboat, and a top catamaran class will grow by two race boats, GEICO and Qatar. That the same high-profile go-fast boat was involved in two potentially deadly crashes on uncontrolled public waterways—on weekends—is a big low for all of us. Still, it would have been nice to see, after all these years of waiting, real turbine-class racing.



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