Following Stu Hayim’s and Joey Imprescia’s attempt of breaking the NPBA-
Sanctioned Record Run Around Long Island record this morning, unexpected fog caused the team to hit a buoy at Orient Point, ending the event approximately one hour and 16 minutes into the race, according to the NPBA. Nobody was injured in the accident.
According to Billy Frenz executive director of the NPBA, the team was off at full throttle out of Manhasset Bay at 7:26 a.m. and were under record time until the accident took place.
“The conditions were flat and this was the day we were waiting for and then came the fog,” said Frenz. “Running at 150 mph, they were way ahead of the record. There’s a ten-foot gash down the port side of the sponson. The boat is all broken up.”
The team was riding in Hayim’s new 52’ MTI, Recovery, powered by 1650 hp Mercury Racing Engines and Number 8 drives. They were attempting to beat Hayim’s previous record of two hours and 11 minutes he set in 2012.
The team safely made it into Sag Harbor and is currently accessing the damage.