RC MARINE OFFSHORE RACE TEAM

30 Foot Superboat Tempest Offshore Powerboat

 

1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 A-Class National Champions
1993 and 1994 World Champions
US Offshore Hall of Fame
 
 
 

In November of 1994, RC MARINE, a 30-foot Superboat from West Babylon, NY won the World Championships in the A-class as the best of the best came together to compete in the largest world championship powerboat race to that date. The long-awaited unification of all three sanctioning bodies: US Offshore, APBA, and SBR created a fleet of boats 135 strong and a playing field that left no room for error in a thrilling two-race series in the notoriously rough waters off Key West.

Reigning A-Class World Champion, RC MARINE, left little doubt who the winner would be, but as usual, the two first-place victories that sealed the title for this veteran offshore race team did not come without tenacity and was not lost for the want of a nail.

Ready to leave the dock for the start of the second race, one engine did not fire. Desperate for an ignition system, owner and throttleman Robert Cardinal pirated the part off an old conch parasail boat that was tied up at the dock. "I saw the boat had a stock MerCruiser package, so I went for it. We had to duck tape the part to the exhaust because there wasn't a mount available. I turned the key and prayed. We made it to the milling area with 30 seconds to spare," recalled Cardinal. "That was our last year racing in the A-class due to the rule changes that eliminated twin engine boats, and it was our intention to leave with the triple crown (Regional, National, and World Championship titles) and we accomplished that goal."

RC and the team were subsequently retired into the Hall of Fame at the end of the '94 season as the winningest A class boat in the history of offshore racing, and according to Cardinal, "It doesn't get any better than this."

But unfortunately, Cardinal's luck did not last long. At the beginning of the 1995 season the Puerto Rican government paid to have RC MARINE shipped there for Cardinal and his team to compete. After winning a couple of races, the boat dry-docked next to his caught fire, and in the blink of an eye, RC MARINE was also consumed in flames. Financially unable to resurrect his boat, RC retired.

However, the boat was jointly purchased by Dr. Rodriguez of Puerto Rico and Aldo Alezczyk, owner of Aldo's Auto and Marine in Lindenhurst, NY, better known by fellow racers in the infamous B-class race boat LAP DANCER. With the help of John Coen, owner of Superboats, the hull was repaired and a new deck installed, and Aldo re-rigged the boat with twin 373 cid MerCruiser engines. Christened appropriately, RESURRECTOR tested a top speed of 90 mph on her first run.

RESURRECTOR is being shipped back to Puerto Rico to race on the Puerto Rico US Pro Tour circuit for the 1997 season, and it will be interesting to see how well she will fare. OFFSHORE RACING MAGAZINE, Fall 1997

 

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