List of fatal accidents in motorboat racing

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As motorboat racing is a dangerous sport, many individuals (including drivers, crew members, officials and spectators) have been killed in crashes related to the sport, either in a race, in qualifying, in practice or a private testing session. It has been stated that since 1940, the fatality rate in Water speed record is 85%, making it the sporting world's most hazardous competitions and approximately in offshore powerboat racing, one racer dies each year from accidents.[1]

Accidents during Water speed record[edit]

Name Date Place Machine Comment
United Kingdom Henry Segrave[2] 13 June 1930 WindermereUnited Kingdom Miss England II Driver
United Kingdom Vic Halliwell Riding engineer
United Kingdom John Cobb[3] 29 September 1952 Loch NessUnited Kingdom Crusader
Italy Mario Verga[4] 9 October 1954 Lago d'IseoItaly Laura 3
United Kingdom Donald Campbell[5] 4 January 1967 Coniston WaterEngland Bluebird K7
United States Lee Taylor[6] 13 November 1980 Lake TahoeUnited States Discovery II Test run
United States Craig Arfons[7] 9 July 1989 Lake JacksonUnited States Rain X Challenger

Accidents during an Unlimited Hydroplane race[edit]

Name Date Race Place Machine Comment
New Jersey Bill Freitag[8] 19 September 1931 President's Cup Potomac River Miss Philadelphia
Michigan Joe Schaeffer[9] 28 August 1939 Test run Detroit River Delphine IX
Oregon Orth Mathiot[10][11] 4 August 1951 Gold Cup Lake Washington Quicksilver Driver
Oregon Thompson "Thom" Whitaker[10] Co-pilot/mechanic
Michigan Lloyd Maddock[12] June 26, 1955 Detroit Memorial Regatta Potomac River Holiday
Italy Ezio Selva[13][14][15] 29 December 1957 Orange Bowl Regatta Grand Prix Biscayne Bay Moschettiere
Ontario Bob Hayward[16][17] 10 September 1961 Silver Cup Detroit River Miss Supertest
Ohio Ron Musson[18] 19 June 1966 President's Cup Potomac River Miss Bardahl Explosion during race
Washington (state) Rex Manchester[18] Notre Dame Collision during final heat
Washington (state) Don Wilson[18] Miss Budweiser
Virginia Chuck Thompson[19] 7 July 1966 Gold Cup Detroit River Smirnoff
Washington (state) Bill Brow[20] 6 November 1967 Tampa Suncoast Cup Tampa Bay Miss Budweiser
Idaho Warner Gardner[20] 8 September 1968 Gold Cup Detroit River Miss Eagle Electric
Washington (state) Tommy Fults[21][22] 16 September 1970 Gold Cup Mission Bay Pay 'n Pak's 'lil Buzzard Qualifying run
Ohio Skipp Walther[23] 2 June 1974 Champion Spark Plug Trophy Miami Marine Stadium Red Man Test run prior to race
Washington (state) Jerry Bangs[24] 7 August 1977 Seafair Trophy Lake Washington The Squire
California Bill Muncey[25] 18 October 1981 UIM World Championship race Acapulco Atlas Van Lines
Florida Dean Chenoweth[26] 2 July 1982 Columbia Cup Columbia River Miss Budweiser
California George Stratton[27][28] 17 September 2000 Testing Mission Bay Appian Jeronimo

Accidents during offshore powerboat racing[edit]

Name Role Date Series Race Place Machine Comment
Kevin Brown Owner/Driver October 23, 1989 APBA/UIM Worlds Championship Atlantic City, New Jersey 32 ft Skater Team Skater UIM II (Modified Class)Jim Dyke throttle-Man Kevin Brown Owner/Driver
Val Carr 1972 Schwepps 80 Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia [29][30][31]
Paul Carr
Alf Bontoft Driver August 29, 1976 Cowes-Torquay Enfield Marine "Blitz" [32]
Joel Halpern Driver March 29, 1981 APBA Halter 200 Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans Michelob Light [33][34]
Dick Fullam driver 1985 APBA Key West Still Crazy Fullam had a previous career as a CFL player[35]
Mike Poppa Throttleman
Mark Lavin Throttleman 1986 APBA Key West Jesse James [34]
Didier Pironi Driver August 23, 1987 Offshore World Championship Needles Trophy Isle of Wight, United Kingdom ACX "Colibri" - Lamborghini [36]
Jean-Claude Guénard Throttleman
Bernard Giroux Navigator
Thomas Brandt pilot 1988 APBA Sheffield Oil Unocal 76 Offshore Classic Panama City, Florida Spirit of Miss Liberty [37][38]
Don Wright throttleman
Stefano Casiraghi Throttleman October 3, 1990 Class 1 WOC Monaco French Riviera Pinot di Pinot
Shannon Pearce Driver 1990 Cock of the Mersey - Devonport Apex Regatta Mersey River, Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia [39]
Brass Wilcockson Navigator 1991 Class 3D National Championship Allhallows, River Thames, United Kingdom Puma Catamaran
Hamed Buhaleeba Throttleman August 25, 1995 Class Two World Offshore Championship Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom Victory M-1-Sterling Chevrolet V6 [40][41][42]
Khalid Al-Sabah March 30, 1997 Class Two Middle-East Offshore Championship Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates [43]
Jack Carmody Driver 2001 APBA Offshore Pro Series Corpus Christi, Texas Xtreme Carlos N'Charlie's [1][44]
Sergio Carpentieri Throttleman June 30, 2007 Powerboat P1 World Championship Travemünde, Germany Carpenter [45]
Kevin Graff Driver August 24, 2008 OPA Battle on the Bay Patchogue, New York "Aero Express" MTI [46]
Phil DeJana Throttleman
Joey Gratton Throttleman November 11, 2011 Superboat International 31st Annual World Championships Key West, Florida Page Motor Sports [47]
Mohammad Al Mehairi Driver December 11, 2009 Class One World Offshore Championship Dubai Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), Mina Seyahi Victory 1 [48][49]
Jean-Marc Sanchez Throttleman
William Nocker Driver July 13, 2012 UIM Class-1 Gabon Grand Prix Libreville, Gabon Welmax [50]

Accidents during outboard powerboat racing[edit]

Name Date Series Race Place Machine
Italy Cesare Scotti[51] October 6, 1974 ON (2000 cc) Six Hours of Paris Seine River Scotti - Evinrude
United Kingdom Peter Inward[52] July 3, 1983 British F2 Powerboat Championship Fairford Hodges / Mercury
United States Ken Stevenson[53] December 11, 1983 Formula 2 Powerboat World Championship Nassau-Paradise Island Strait Bahamas
Italy Luigi Valdano[54] May 27, 1984 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Grote Prijs van Nederland Ertveld Plas, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
France Gérard Barthelemy[55] June 2, 1984 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Paris Grand Prix Seine River, Paris, France Hodges - Evinrude
Italy Roberto Saviero[56] August 3, 1984 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Private test Po River, near Piacenza, Italy "Esercito Italiano" Molinari - Evinrude
United Kingdom Tom Percival[57] August 19, 1984 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Grand Prix de Belgique Benson & Hedges Meuse River, Liège, Belgium Hodges - Evinrude
France Philippe Rebulet[58] November 6, 1988 Six Hours of Paris Seine River  ?
France François Salabert[59] June 10, 1990 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Embassy Grand Prix Bristol, United Kingdom
Poland Bolesław Niklewski July 3, 1991 Malta Circuit, Poznań Poland
United Kingdom John Hill[60][61] April 16, 1993 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Burgess / Mercury
France Roger Demares[62] May 2, 1995 24 heures Motonautiques de Rouen Seine River  ?
United Kingdom Andy Chesman[63] July 19, 1998 European Formula 500 Championship Hamburg, Germany Fort Boat / König
France Francis Maré[64] May 1, 1999 24 heures Motonautiques de Rouen Seine River  ?
Poland Mirosław Kędziora[65] September 23, 2001 S-550 World Championship Trzcianka Poland
Russia Victor Kunitch[66] October 28, 2001 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Italy Vincenzo Polli[67] December 21, 2002 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
 Mike Lovell (GBR) [68][69] September 16, 2012 P1 Superstock Series Weymouth United Kingdom Peters & May - P1 Panther 250 UK[70]

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Accidents during hydroplane and displacement racing[edit]

Name Date Series Race Place Machine Comment
Jack Turner[71][72] August 23, 1948 Canadian Gold Cup Picton, Ontario Ventnor "Tops III"
Doug Jancura April 17, 2004 American Power Boat Association Testing American Lake, Lakewood, Washington, USA Strutin PS 1 - Pro Stock Flatbottom Sprint Boat
Larry Martin[73][74] November 6, 2004 Australian Power Boat Association Wide Bay Bundy Thunder Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Trojan - 6 litre Displacement
Geoff Tomkins March 4, 2007 Devonport Apex Regatta Cock of the Mersey Mersey River, Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia "Iron Nuts" - Unlimited Displacement
János Feil[75] May 11, 2008 UIM European Championship F350 Po River, Boretto, Italy
Brian McCosker April 3, 2010 Taree Aquatic Power Boat Club Easter Classic Stuart Doyle Cup - NSW Unlimited Displacement Championship Taree, New South Wales, Australia Liberty - Unlimited Displacement
David Bryant April 4, 2010 Taree Aquatic Power Boat Club Easter Classic Eastway Shield - NSW Unlimited Open Inboard Championship Taree, New South Wales, Australia She's the Culprit - Unlimited Displacement
John Cross November 28, 2010 Australian Power Boat Association Lake Mulwala Power, Victorian Council APBA Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia Rival - Unlimited Displacement
Ryan Butler July 9, 2011 American Power Boat Association UIM World Flatbottom Championships Black Lake, Olympia, Washington, USA Scooty-Puff. Sr. PS 44 - Super Stock Flatbottom Sprint Boat

Accidents during drag boat racing[edit]

Hugh Jones 06/21/1986 ADBA Molson Drag Boat Challenge London ON BFH Stage fright Comment
Mac Bale[76][77] February 1, 1970 Lake Ming, Bakersfield, California, United States
Jan Barrett[77][78] October 7, 1973 Lake Ming, Bakersfield, California, United States Water speed record attempt
David Skalicky[76] July 10, 2005 Southern Drag Boat Association Ozarka Bricktown Nationals Bricktown Drag Boat Circuit, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States "Bad Boy's Dixie Toy"
Dale Anderson[79] September 8, 2002 National Jet Boat Association Bakersfield, California, United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States "Bad Boy's Dixie Toy"

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  4. ^ Mario Verga Tributes
  5. ^ Donald Campbell Tributes
  6. ^ Lee Taylor - The Growl of Thunder
  7. ^ Jon Craig Arfons - The Fastest Boat
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  9. ^ Joe Schaeffer Tributes
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