You Can Now Hop on Board One of the World’s Fastest Powerboats

Ever wonder what the ocean looks like at 120 MPH? Get in line.

By The Editors
June 29, 2016 9:00 am

Powerboat racing is, for lack of a better term, a sport for the filthy rich.

“Fewer than 15 percent of race teams have any official advertising,” boasted a 2008 Daily Mail exposé. “They don’t need it.”

It is also an exceedingly dangerous sport; the world water speed record, the gold standard of powerboating benchmarks, has an astonishing 85% fatality rate since the 1940s.

Which all adds up to the fact that a guy like you or me cannot — and further, should not — be going anywhere near one of these horsepower-drunk death machines.

But a new offering from Vector-Martini Racing is fixing to change that.

For the first time, the powerboat racing team is giving regular landlubbers the opportunity to hit open-water speeds of more than 120 MPH aboard its Cowes Offshore Classic-winning boat, the Vector 40R.

Once on the 40R — a 40-feet vessel powered by twin 1,100 HP Mercury QC4v engines — racing suit-clad guests will be given intercom headsets and strapped down with five‑point harnesses into seats that are each served by a bottled air supply in case the boat goes belly up.

Don’t reach for your diaper bag quite yet, though: even though the Vector-Martini crews will be prepared for the worst, the speed of client-aboard rides will be determined by the weather and conditions of the sea in order to minimize risk but still provide a memorable experience.

“When we’re not racing, it’s all about safety,” team CEO Malcolm Crease told How To Spend It. “If you’ve never done it before, even 75 MPH in a boat is unbelievable.”

Rates start at $66,640 per day for a maximum of 20 passengers and inquiries can be made here.

Given that the pound isn’t doing so hot due to the whole Brexit thing, could be a good time to book.

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