Members' Boats

HORBA is pleased to anounce that we have new members that have the oldest historic offshore race boat found to date. And what a boat -- an original Don Aronow race boat called "The Cigarette." Our new members have accepted an invitation to bring the boat to Amelia Island, Florida  in March of 2007 for a public viewing.

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Although Don Aronow had retired from racing after winning the World Championship in 1969, there were rumors that he was planning a comeback a few years later. This boat was built for him and registered under his lucky racing number 4. Don always used the number 4 or some version of it, like 16, as he thought it brought him luck. He changed his mind and sold the boat to Hal Sahlman who raced it as Spirit.

 

The boat was then sold to Rocky Aoki who raced it as Benihana. The boat is now owned by Charlie McCarthy, HORBA Managing Director. A total restoration of the boat is planned by Charlie and his son, Charley McCarthy Jr., and will be documented on this site.

 

HORBA Board member, Bobby Saccenti is shown throttling Blonde, the boat that started his offshore racing career -- a 36 foot Cigarette on its way to winning the Key West race with owner Roger Hanks driving.

 

HORBA Board member Bobby Saccenti and the famous Apache team on their way to another World Championship.

 

Great Adventure is owned by HORBA board member Steve Berk. Steve was the throttle man on this boat back in the days when it raced in APBA competition.

 

This photo shows HORBA board member Allen Brown, drivng his 28 foot Donzi on the way to winning the Miami Nassau race.

 

HORBA board member ED Cozzi, throttled Flap Jack for Driver Howard Quam.

 

HORBA board member Barry Cohen, won the Sports Class in the Bahamas 500 race with this boat.

 

HORBA Board member Barry Cohen has owned Ghost Rider for over 40 years. He has recently restored it and displayed it at the 2006 New York Boat Show.

 

HORBA board member, Pepe Nunez, pulls into New York harbor after settng new Miami to New York record in his outboard powered Pantera.

 

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