Jet Ski Ultra 310R claims class title
The Long Beach to Catalina and Back PWC Offshore Endurance race has long been the pinnacle of personal watercraft endurance racing in the U.S.
The grueling 60-mile race begins in Long Beach off the Southern California coast, heads out to beautiful Catalina Island for a full throttle loop that continues all the way back to the finish line at the Queen Mary cruise ship anchorage on the mainland in Long Beach.
The Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R has dominated the event over the last decade. This year, it was Bill Scott on a production Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R who took a thrilling victory in the Manufacturer Stock class.
“This race is about being smart and trusting the machine,” Scott said. “The Jet Ski Ultra 310R is a big step up from previous boats, and in its stock setup, it gives you the confidence you need to attack a race of this caliber. Right from the start I was able to hold it wide open, and the engine performed beautifully the entire race. I knew I was doing well, which let me really enjoy the race; I even had a few big air moments on the wakes of the big boats along the way. The way back was heading into the wind, which I prefer, so it made the return great, and the wind and chop was pretty minimal for an offshore race like this. My Kawasaki got me to Catalina and back in under an hour, which was my goal, and I was able to take the first LB2CAT Manufacturer Stock class win of my career. It’s an incredible feeling, and I’m thankful to everyone that contributed to my win!”