Don Aronow Memorial Marathon
Run Around Long Island
Stu Hayim & John Tomlinson are fine-tuning 'RECOVERY', the NEW 52 MTI Cat powered by Mercury Racing's 1650 HPs and No 8', for their assault on the
existing 2 hour 11 minute run, which is
"I have sanctioned that run for a lot of people over years," said Billy Frenz, the president of the NPBA, who officially announced Hayim's basic plans. "Just making it around Long Island without breaking down is quite a feat, let alone at the pace Stuart and Johnny plan to set."
Stu's 2012 Recap in his 42 MTI powered by Merc Racing's 1,350HPs.
Stu held the record of 3 hours and 6 minutes for over 20 years in his 32 Skater Cat powered with Eickert 650 HP's, then Joe Cibellis and Joe Sgro in their Ilmor powered 43 Outerlimits, dropped the elapsed time by 1 minute to 3 hours and 5 minutes in 2011, while participating in the 'Don Aronow Memorial Around Long Island Race' .
Check out below for past events and records dating back to 1959...
NPBA Executive Director BILLY FRENZ
This mission is not for the faint of heart…
may the wind be at your stern!
NATIONAL POWERBOAT ASSOCIATION
Cursor down for Maps, History, Event schedule, Gas Docks, Previous Race Winners and the Day of Event Schedule
Race Around Long Island Course
(We start at Bouy #27 heading NORTHEAST.)
There are no required stopping stations. Some boats are equipped to carry enough fuel, but they will have the option of refueling at any marina they choose.
Start and stop is buoy #27 off of Port Washington, Long Island Sound, north of Great Neck.
Proceed North on Long Island Sound, keeping the north shore of Long Island to starboard. After passing Orient Pt Lighthouse (N41.156427 by W 72.24187) and Montauk Point Lighthouse (N41.071577 by W 71.861572), proceed South, past Freeport and the Rockaways/Brooklyn, enter the Hudson River under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Proceed on the Easterly side of Governor's Island to the East River and travel the Easterly side of Roosevelt Island to "Hell's Gate" and Northerly past Riker's Island, under the Whitestone Bridge, under the Throggs Neck Bridge into Long Island Sound, and end just past Great Neck at Buoy #27.
NATIONAL POWERBOAT ASSOCIATION
On September 19, 2013 Matt Gordon & Ed Dawson attempted the run in a Hustler 377 Talon Catamaran. The course map and segments of the Kattack online GPS map have been added to the video.
This run is sanctioned by the National Powerboat Association.
This 271 mile course has been a challenge to nautical sportsmen since its inception in 1959, when Jim Lacey won the race at 8 hours and 30 minutes in a 17’ Hunter with a 70 HP Mercury outboard. Through the years, races around Long Island and “One-Off” record setting challenges have been an attraction for thrill seeking, affluent gentlemen of the sport. The Prestige of establishing a Record Run Around Long Island ranks high up on the bucket list for many speedboaters from North America and attracts the attention of boater’s throughout the world. This is a true test of Man, Machine, and the Elements.
Matthew is the owner of multiple business’ including “Graduation Source” and Avanti Systems. He has been an avid helmsman for over 20 years and an active participant on the National Powerboat Association’s poker run series and the Florida Powerboat Club’s poker run series…encompassing boating from Key West to Maine. His homeport is Beacon Point Marine at the Greenwich Water Club in Cos Cob, CT.
What caught Matthew’s interest was the re-introduction of the DON ARONOW MEMORIAL MARATHON AROUND LONG ISLAND, which was brought back in September of 2010 after being dormant for over 25 years, to honor one of the “Father’s of the Sport” of offshore racing and the creator of Donzi, Magnum, Formula, and Cigarette powerboats. The race produced a winner, Joe DeFusco, who completed the course in 6 hours and 15 minutes in his 30’ Sonic, and ignited interest within a fraternity of dedicated speedboat racers. Fast forward to last year’s “one-off” Record Run by Stu Hayim of Long Island, NY in his Class I MTI catamaran with 2,600 HP of Merc Power, the “Ferrari-Maserati Special”, Stu was able to establish a new open-class record of 2 hours and 11 minutes for the run and in doing so, raised close to $100,000.00 through pledges for his dedicated charity, “The Don Monti Memorial Cancer Research Foundation” of Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
2012 Don Aronow Memorial Marathon
See the Video of Stuart Hayim & John Tomlinson's Run Around Long Island
Read the Recap of the NPBA Sanctioned Event
August 8, 2012
Read what Stuart emailed to Fred
Event Photos of the 2011 Race
Billy's Recap of the 2011 Race
Event Photos of the 2010 Race
Billy's Recap of the 2010 Race
Race Around Long Island Eastern (NYC) leg Course Map
Click here to for a list of Gas Docks & Seatow contact information
~ Manhasset Bay Marina ~
10 Matinecock Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050
Produced by the National Powerboat Association
This event is endorsed by Michael Aronow, Hosted by Guy LaMotta, promoted by the Historic Offshore Powerboat Racing Association and produced by the
National Powerboat Association.
"The King of Thunderboat Row"
Don Aronow was born on March 3 1927 as Donald Joel Aronow. He was both a designer and racer of powerboat brands that are still out there like cigarette and Donzi. Apart from that, Don also raced and built Formula speed boats. Amongst his famous clientele there were people like; His Imperial Majesty the Shah of Iran, Malcolm Forbes and George H. W. Bush. Also President Lyndon Johnson – in retirement – owned several Donzies designed by Don Aronow that he would use to race with his Secret Service agents.
Coming from the New Jersey construction business, Don Aronow moved to Miami in 1961 where he began racing powerboats as a hobby. Late 1962 Mr. Aronow started constucting boats in the Formula Marine boat company. This company was sold off to start Donzi Marine in 1964. 1966 was the year Magnum Marine was started together with Elton Cary. After winning the World Championship in 1970 he started the Cigarette Racing Team racing with his own designs. After selling off Cigarette in the late 1970’s, Don Aronow formed USA Racing Team and built the Blue Thunders, used by the United States Customs Service, these 39 foot catamarans patrolled the American waters.
The Aronow designs have won over 350 offshore races and the man himself was a World Champion 2 times and 3 times U.S. Champion. Don Aronow and Gar Wood are also the only two Americans to have received the Gold Medal of Honor of the U.I.M., the sports governing body. (HORBA)
Previous Race Winners:
Crews from around the nation arrive at Manhasset Bay Marina.
The ‘Good Voyage’ cocktail party at the marina's dockside outdoor bar
starts on Friday at 6:00PM.
The Main Event
The Main Event begins at 8AM at buoy #27 on the
Long Island Sound
Watching The Event
We will watch the Kattack GPS playback of the Event on the large screen at
Guy LaMotta's outdoor restaurant.
Live GPS of the race will also be broadcast on the web.
The Awards Ceremony
The V-Bottom Class and Catamaran Class Winner's Trophies
will be awarded at 5:00PM
A few racers have expressed interest in doing 'one-offs' and going for individual Class Records to circumnavigate Long Island. NPBA sanctions these events, as it did for Stu Hayim's famous record breaking run around Long Island in August, so please inquire if there is any interest to try. We have a book with all of the past record-holders so we can give you the info needed to be a record holder of your class.
The promoters of the Don Aronow Memorial Marathon Race Around Long Island are looking for businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship of next year’s event. Major Sports TV networks have expressed interest in a NASCAR style live broadcast of the event. A sponsor who is looking to promote their brand in the international market could use the event to showcase their product before millions of potential users.
If you are interested, contact Billy Frenz
Jim Lacy 17' HUNTER w/70 HP Merc O/B 8 hrs 30 min
avg: 34.2 mph 280 miles
Chuck Mercereau 17' POWER CAT w/2-80 HP Merc O/B's 6 hrs
avg: 46.7 mph 280 miles
Sam Griffith 31'Bertram GlASS MOPPIE 2-330 HP Chryslers 6 hrs 22 min
avg: 44 mph 280 miles
Jim Wynne 19' Glastron GULFSTREAM 2-100 HP Volvos 6 hrs 2 min
avg: 42.9 mph 258.8 miles
Gene Bianco 19' ELTRO 2-100 HP Merc O/B's 5 hrs 26 min
avg: 44.2 mph 240 miles
Odell Lewis 25' Bertram MONA LOU 2-310 HP MerCruisers 5 hrs 6 min
avg: 48 mph 245 miles
Stanley Humes 20' OWENS 225 HP MerCruiser 7 hrs 45 min
avg: 30.2 mph 234 miles
Alan Brown 28' Donzi BROAD JUMPER 2-530HP Holman& Moodys 4 hrs 42 min
avg: 53.8 mph 253 miles
Dick Genth 28' Formula THUNDERBIRD IV 450 HP MerCruiser 5 hrs 23 min
avg: 47 mph 253 miles
Bill Sirois 31' Bertram SIDEWINDER 2-475 HP MerCruisers 3 hrs 59 min
avg: 63.5 mph 253 miles
1969:Peter Rittmaster 31' Bertram AMERICAN MOPPIE 2-475HP MerCs 4 hrs 33min
avg: 48.9 mph 222.5 miles
1989 : Stu Hayim 32' Skater, "RECOVERY" set the record at 3 hrs and 6 min with
Joey Impresscia on the throttles
2010 : Joe DeFusco 30' Sonic 30SS "TEAM SONIC" 2-310 small block PCM V8 in 6 hrs 15 min
43' Outerlimits, crewed by Joe Sgro with Ilmor Power in 3 hrs and 5 min
2011 : Joe Cibellis
2012 : Stuart Hayim & John Tomlinson 42' MTI "Recovery" 2h 11m
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