Latest Doug Wright Cat Wins Debut Race
If you follow my high-performance powerboat blogs and features on Boats.com, you recently read Inside The Doug Wright 32-Foot Poker Run Edition. On the third weekend in June, the twin Mercury Verado 300 outboard-powered cat reportedly blew minds at the Texas Outlaw Challenge—a popular poker run and go-fast boat happening in the Houston area.
“People couldn’t get enough of it,” said John Caparell, the man behind the first true pleasure version of the 32-footer, who started Doug Wright West. “Bruce Bullock of Bullock Marine told me I had to be there because people love outboards in Texas. He was right.”
One week later, the latest 32-foot Doug Wright racing catamaran also reportedly blew more than a few minds when it bested a competitive five-boat Pro-Stock field at the Super Boat International Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in Sarasota, Fla.
Completed just a few weeks before the Sarasota event, the 32-foot-long racing catamaran was powered by Mercury 2.5 EFI race outboards and throttled by Gary Ballough, a noted offshore racer with 10 world titles to his credit. It was rigged by TNT Custom, which is co-owned by fellow multi-time offshore world championship winner John Tomlinson, in Miami.
“I’m looking forward to showing what this boat can do in Sarasota, since it’s a real ocean race,” Ballough said before the race. “We look forward to Sarasota every year like we look forward to Key West. It’s just that great of an event. From the parade to the crowd support on the beach during the races, it’s nice to know the community appreciates you being there.”
Handling the steering chores for the team during the Sarasota race, as well as for the remainder of the season, was Omar Danial of Switzerland. Experienced teammates, Ballough and Danial teamed up in Danial’s Mouawad catamaran—the first 32-footer built with the new hull design—in the 2012 Union Internationale Motonautique X-Cat Series, the overseas equivalent of the SBI Pro Stock class. They finished second behind in the series behind the Fazza catamaran fielded by the Dubai-based (and backed) Victory offshore racing team.