Guy Costa and the Gulf Fire One crew will be seeking a three-peat when over 25 boats roar off to start the 45th running of the Trinidad and Tobago Powerboat Association’s (TTPBA)
Carib Great Race at the Foreshore waters opposite the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Contacted yesterday, Costa said all is set on their 38-foot Doug Wright catamaran vessel that will be aiming to be the first to make the cross-island trek. “Fire One is well prepared and ready to go. We ready to roll, “ Costa said.
Costa believes his main challengers will come from the other two boats in the 130 miles per hour (MPH) class “Total Monster” and “Mr Solo Too”.
But the veteran competitive cyclist said both those vessels have something to prove.
“Obviously, being in the fastest class, that is where the winners should come from, but Monster and Solo have some reliability issues between them.
Monster has not made it to Tobago yet and Solo has broken down three out of the last four times, but you don’t know it might be their (Solo) year but we’ll have to see what pans out on the day,” Costa explained.
Costa said he and his crew, including driver James Hadeed and the immediate crew of Phillip Rodney, Barry Newallo, Devin Oudit, Deo Ramsammy, his daughters Alexia and Jessica Costa and Alexi Edghill, would prefer rougher waters like what occurred last year to mount a successful campaign. He said the weather is expected to play a part, with the forecast being for calm conditions on Saturday, which would facilitate a faster race on the North Coast.
“But whether they (opponents) can last the trip going 7000 RPMs is another matter,” Costa said.
“We have prepared our boat to be the boat it can be; not a screw has been left untouched. Preparation is going to be the difference, but we feel we are the best prepared and most reliable...and that’s what we think is gonna carry us to the win,” Costa said.