Lucas Oil MAV-TV #77: Europe to Key West Superboat World Championships

Nov 02, 2011

The 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV heads to the southernmost location in the USA on November 6 for the week-long racing events at the 31st Annual World Championships in Key West by Superboat International. Key West is a family playground with powder-like beaches, scuba diving off the coral reefs, tropical gardens, exquisite hotels and eclectic restaurants.

Nigel Hook Off Shore Racing Power BoatThis year the 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV throttle man Nigel Hook and driver Michael Silfverberg are racing in their own boat brand, the newly designed 48' SilverHook (www.SilverHook.com). They will be gunning to win the Super Vee Extreme World Championship in Key West, racing against the biggest and baddest ocean mono-hulls in the world. The competition will be fierce with teams arriving from the UK, Ukraine, Australia and Italy.

Marine transport specialist Peters & May Global Boat Transport is currently shipping The 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV back to the USA from Europe, where they competed in the UIM Endurance World Championship Ocean Grand Prix earlier this year.

The Ocean Grand Prix terminated the 2011 season after five rounds of racing in Malta and Italy. The 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV is points leader in that series pending the outcome of the appeal against a protest made by a competitor (Belgium Fountain entry #33). Race officials posted 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV as the winner. However, after failing to complete the race, the Belgium team filed a protest because the race organization did not have spare torque sensors available in force majeure situations.

The torque sensor device measures horsepower and torque in real-time during testing and racing. The performance data from engine electronic control units, gyros, GPS and accelerometers to measure G-forces is synchronized with four onboard cameras and logged for the team. The performance analytics review often provides needed information in order to fine-tune the boat's performance.

Nigel Hook Off Shore Racing Power Boat Nigel Hook, captain of the 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV team, is looking forward to coming home to race and show off the new SilverHook with his race and business partner Michael Silfverberg. "Michael and I first raced together in Key West in 2009, and we raced Key West last year taking a second place. Now that we have our own designed boat, winning this World Championship, and nothing less, is our mission," said Hook.

Armed with a stellar crew guided by Racing Director Jerry Gilbreath and Crew Chief Simon Powell (www.cerebus-xxx.com), the team will be well supported by Chief Mechanic Franco Galluzzo, Chief Electrician Tret Robertson, and John Hanas in charge of Transportation and Equipment Logistics.

The 77 Lucas Oil MAVTV Team Manager, Janet Wilson, recently announced a new associate sponsor for the team, MAVTV, one of the fastest growing channels in the industry. With a history of being a men's oriented network, MAVTV is now expanding mainstream into movies, comedies and family programming.

77 Lucas Oil MAVTV thanks our sponsors and loyal supporters. Check out the new marine specialty oils from Lucas Oil, the leader in high performance oils at www.lucasoil.com.