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Fire One targets three-peat at Carib Great Race
The 41’ catamaran Fire One will be aiming for an elusive three-peat when the 45th annual Carib Great Race takes off from the Mucurapo Foreshore this morning at 7.45 am. Featuring a crew including driver Guy Costa and throttleman James Hadeed, the reigning two-time champ will have to beat a field of 28 boats, including 17-time champion Mr Solo (40’) and Monster (46’), to get to Scarborough first. Speaking to the Guardian yesterday, Costa said their first hurdle would be to complete the notoriously challenging course, where ten of last year’s 22 entrants failed to finish. “If anyone wants to win race, they’ll have to finish it first,” he pointed out. “Reliability and dependability will be key factors. Whoever has the best prepared boat on the day will be the one to win.”
Noting that Fire One’s first triumph in 2011 came after both Mr Solo and Monster shut down, he admitted that the results could often be determined by chance. “Luck always has a part to play in a Great Race,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s somebody else’s bad luck that works in your favour. The Fire One team has always prepared our boat to be in the best condition though and we’ve proven to be the most reliable. You have to have good equipment and race in a disciplined manner. Everything plays a part.”
Fire One will be one of four Gulf Oil-sponsored boats to enter today’s event, joining Heatwave, Hammertime and Gulf Dragon. “Everybody is very upbeat,” said Costa. “It’s been very hectic in the last couple of weeks. We’ve been working hard and we’re all now in good spirits because everybody is in the race. We hope to have all boats finish which will be a big achievement.” Should Fire One win today, it will become just the second boat, after Mr Solo, to win the Great Race three years in a row. “There’s a certain amount of extra pressure to make that happen,” said Costa. “We have a plan and will stick to it and we’re pretty sure we’ll be the first boat there.” Also in the hunt for glory will be Stingin Metal (95mph), White Heat (70mph) and Predator (60mph), who won their respective categories last year.
Today’s Carib Great Race Schedule
7.40 am: Parade of Boats
7.45-8 am: Start of Great Race
10.30 am: Brunch Party, Scarborough
12.15 pm: Prize Presentation: Esplanade, Scarborough
A Class (130mph)
Monster, Mr Solo, Fire One
B Class (120mph)
Boom Shaka Laka, Stampede
C Class (110mph)
Intense III, Global Warmer
D Class (95mph)
Sheriff Lobo, Stingin Metal, Rush, Gulf Dragon, Savage
E Class (80mph)
Hero III, Hauling Azz, Heat Wave, White Heat, Gulf Hammer Time, Alien
F Class (70mph)
Gulf Motom, Rite Formula, Energiza, Extreme Measures, Matrix Reloaded
G Class (60mph)
Overdose, Chris Gone Wild, PP Conquerer, 2 Extreme, Candyman
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