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FORTY-THREE-FOOT 'WELLCRAFT GENTRY SCARAB' SETS WORLD SPEED RECORD IN CALIFORNIA

 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Using a modified 43-foot Wellcraft Scarab, offshore racing legends Tom Gentry and Richie Powers established the World Super Vee Kilo Speed Record in Vallejo, Calif.
 Gentry and Powers, driver and throttleman respectively in the "Wellcraft Gentry Scarab," clocked in at 126.382 miles per hour in the Vallejo Kilo, which took place yesterday off the California coast. The fastest offshore vee hull speed mark was formerly 123.91 mph. Wellcraft now holds bragging rights as the manufacturer of the world's fastest offshore vee hull.
 "We came into this event thinking that we were going to set a new record, and we never lost sight of that goal," said Gentry, a civil engineer from Honolulu who also holds the world speed record of 148.238 mph for catamarans.
 "The conditions were perfect for the run," added Powers, a Miami resident who is the reigning World Superboat Champion. "Once we got out on the water, we felt confident about our chances."
 Between them, Gentry and Powers have raced a total of 44 years, with a combined total of 20 world and national titles, as well as five world speed records.
 It was the first official run ever for the "Wellcraft Gentry Scarab," which is built from the same mold that is used in the production of Wellcraft's popular 43 Scarab Thunder. The most significant difference is in the engines -- the Wellcraft Gentry Scarab uses three 1,200-horsepower Gentry Turbocharged engines, which are teamed with MerCruiser High Performance Six Drives.
 Last year, the same 43-foot Scarab hull, using three 1,000-hp supercharged engines, set an unofficial world record of 116.75 miles per hour.
 "We assembled a world class team of equipment and professionals with the specific goal of capturing the record," said Gordon Houser, president of Wellcraft Marine's High Performance Division. "We couldn't be happier with the results today."
 In addition to the record-setting Gentry Scarab, Wellcraft also claims a record for A Class boats, established earlier this year by Nigel Hook's "Archer Marine Special Scarab." That boat clocked in at 93.17 mph during kilo runs for the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in Sarasota this past July.
 The Vallejo Kilo serves as prelude for the Golden Gate Offshore Challenge, to be held this Sunday, Oct. 10. Between 25 and 30 high- performance boats will compete in the day-long event, ranging from smaller craft to Super Vees and catamarans measuring nearly 50 feet.
 -0- 10/8/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Murphy of Bruce Rubin Associates, 305-448-7450, for Wellcraft Marine/


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