Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
Edited by Ben Gladwell onwatch 8 Boating New Zealand March 2014 NAVIGATION IS PRETTY KEY when weaving though a labyrinth of tight corners, some of which are barely wider than the boat, at 100km/h. Yet it took three rounds of the NZ Jet Sprint series for the defending national champion, Peter Caughey, to get it right. At the first two rounds at Wanganui on December 27 and Mt Maunganui on January 25, Caughey and his navigator Karen Marshall aboard ENZED were unable to follow the sinuous route that twists and turns through the course. However, come round three, at Meremere’s notoriously tricky racetrack, they were untouchable. “We’re back,” said an obviously relieved Caughey, after the defending SuperBoat champion set the fastest time at every qualifier and elimination round on February 9. “It’s nice to put an emphatic end to a run of navigational errors at the previous two events,” Caughey said. “Navigator Karen Marshall and I were both very focused on getting that sorted, and as a result we kept serving it up.” The six-time NZ and four-time world champion’s almost legendary boat control skills were vital, as temperatures of more than 30 degrees in the shade and low air pressures handicapped his naturally aspirated boat. “Our main rivals have twin-turbo boats. They make their own air pressure so aren’t as affected by weather. Our hottest contender, [Australian] Phonsy Mullan, has a 1600hp twin-turbo V8 Chevy-powered boat, and when I saw the track rotation I knew he’d be hard to beat.” Thanks to some fancy tuning for his engine at the hands of his experienced crew, Caughey Back in the game Boating _on watch_March14.indd 8 19/02/2014 2:16:32 p.m.
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