Tardieu: 70 mph boats coming for us

In this Aug 15, 2019 file photo, Extreme Measures members at the 2019 Great Race Boat Show, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.  - AYANNA KINSALE
In this Aug 15, 2019 file photo, Extreme Measures members at the 2019 Great Race Boat Show, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. - AYANNA KINSALE

OWNER and throttleman of Extreme Measures Johnathan Tardieu anticipates stiff competition in the 70 mile per hour class in the 52nd edition of the TT Great Race on September 26, as other boats will be eager to get their hands on the class record.

The event was carded to be held on August 22, but because of the covid19 pandemic, it was postponed to the end of September.

Tardieu will be joined by driver Jonathan Mouttet and navigator Nicholai Assam on board.

Extreme Measures, the only 70 mph boat to complete the race in 2019, are expecting an intense battle on race day.

Records were recognised in the various classes for the first time in 2019 and Extreme Measures members will be aiming to improve on their time of two hours, 58 minutes and 29 seconds.

In an interview with Newsday, Tardieu said, “We were ready for the August date. Our boat has always been ready. We’ve only had one regatta for the year (and) we raced that first regatta successfully and thank God we did not mash up anything so the boat was always in working order, but there is a difference between being able to race in the Gulf (of Paria)…as oppose to being Great Race ready. Being Great Race ready is a different ball game where you need to tighten up, bolt down (and) make sure everything is in order because that is an endurance race.”

In this year’s Great Race boats will make the trek from Williams Bay in Chaguaramas in Trinidad to Store Bay in Tobago.

Tardieu said his team is ready for the challenge ahead. “We definitely ready to defend it. We always up for a good challenge and this year those guys we know they coming out for us. We are going to put our best foot forward…we always aim to finish. Last year we finished with one engine (which) happened to be the only boat that finished and in doing so we are now the record holders for our class for Great Race and we won the class, so this year we planning to keep the same plan – finish the Great Race, try to do so in one piece and in the process of doing that we will see where we fall in line as far as the class finish goes.”

Tardieu said work has been done on the boat since the 2019 Great Race. He said they now have a more “robust” boat that can cope with the rigours of the Great Race.

The sponsors that have supported Extreme Measures with preparations are Liqui Moly, Zeplin International, eZone, Island Beer Chill and Grill, Jeff Outboard Services, Bottlestop, Appleville Catering Services, Roach’s Auto Supplies and Graphic World Custom Designs.

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