February 16, 2011 5:04 AM   Subscribe

Jet Sprint: Jetsprint racing is a small V8-powered jet boat with a crew of two (a driver and a navigator) who must negotiate a set course through slough channels 12-15 feet wide and 3 feet deep at speeds up to 80 mph. The winners are those with the fastest times; the losers often don't even finish.

I'd never heard of this, but apparently it's very popular.
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Hydro Thunder Hurricane!
posted by kmz at 5:38 AM on February 16, 2011

Muddin', but with boats!

It kind of reminds me of autocross. Have a high-powered, precision-engineered performance machine, but nowhere to use it? Build a small closed course and run time trials!

I wonder how often they have to replenish the water, what with the big rooster tail of spray they're kicking up.
posted by Eideteker at 5:49 AM on February 16, 2011

Wow, that's insane. There's a failure mode that results in two guys being strapped into a boat that's upside down. All good when you end up on land, and all suck when you end up on water like that.

Sure, quick release harness and all of that that, but those are racing seats and there's not much space in the cockpit. I didn't see a fast way of getting those boats turned over fast, but I sure hope there is one.

Otherwise, cool sport. But, wow.
posted by eriko at 6:02 AM on February 16, 2011

It would, of course, be pretty much exclusive to Washington and Oregon.
posted by valkyryn at 6:24 AM on February 16, 2011

Wow, that is insane.
posted by pwally at 6:50 AM on February 16, 2011

All I have to say about jet sprints is that they are boats with roll cages. Boats with roll cages.
posted by TheJoven at 7:31 AM on February 16, 2011

It's like Formula 1, but for boats.

What kind of engine do they put in these boats? What does it cost?
posted by Nelson at 8:04 AM on February 16, 2011

As a New Zealander who now lives outside of NZ...

Wow, mind blown. I just thought this was a normal sport. How naive. They used to show a couple of hours of it on the television every weekend. I didn't realise that it originated in New Zealand.
posted by aychedee at 9:56 AM on February 16, 2011

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