SARASOTA – The Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix is less than two weeks away.

Team WATT-AHH is ready for the water. This Sarasota team prides itself on being the only squad where everything was developed here locally.

“We’ve had boats from all over the world come to compete with us here. It’s where, basically, boat racing started. I mean Sarasota is the home of the offshore power boats,” rejoices Rob Gourley, owner of team WATT-AHH.

Team WATT-AHH has raced in various competitions over the years, but nothing beats winning in your own backyard, and that’s exactly what they hope to do.

“She’s been very successful. She’s won the nationals. We’ve won in Sarasota. We’ve won in numerous places. It’s an extremely capable boat and normally our issue is beating ourselves,” says Gourley.

Owner Rob Gourley’s journey started growing up around drag racing. After the passing of his father, Rob found a new way to channel his passion for racing. An inherited investment turned into a racing boat. All centered around one thing, a love for speed.

“He’s always loved speed himself. So it was his gift to me that enabled us to buy the boat,” remarks Gourley.

Ed Tamberino joined the team a few years ago and serves as a jack of all trades. He runs throttles, keeps the balance of the boat and navigates. For him, he does it for the thrill.

“You know you always get butterflies. Then it wears out and then it’s just go-go-go. I’d have to say the rush, it’s a lot of fun,” says Tamberino.

Team WATT-AHH is thrilled to be racing again but for more than just the race. The joy it brings the Suncoast Charities for Children makes it all worth it.

 

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Ben Bobick
Ben Bobick is a multimedia journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a May 2016 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Sports Journalism Certificate from the John C. Curley Center for Sports Journalism. At Penn State, Ben hosted a radio show four days a week and was a member of the Emmy Award winning student-run newscast, the Centre County Report where he was a sports anchor and reporter. Ben was also part of the inaugural class of the Penn State Hollywood Program. He interned for KABC-TV in Los Angeles as an entertainment intern. He had the opportunity to interview Grammy award winning artist Kendrick Lamar, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Garner and the season 22 cast of Dancing with the Stars among others. In his spare time, Ben loves to watch and play sports. Being from Pittsburgh, he’s a big Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan. Ben is an avid golfer and loves to hit the course any time he can. He is very active on social media, so feel free to tweet him (@BeBo_Here) or get in touch with him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BenBobickTV). For story ideas or a news tip you can also get in touch by e-mailing him at ben.bobick@snntv.com.
  • AquaNew, L.L.C.

    Kids are the heart of Racing Sarasota week. Thank you, SNN, for launching a great series over the next two weeks giving close ups on individual race teams and what drives them to race. SNN’s Ben Bobick and Jason Raven are professional and friendly and use their talents and tenacity in presenting the heart of lead stories to the SRQ community and beyond. We hope for a fun and safe Race Week in Sarasota. ~Team REDS/Watt-Ahh