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King of PO

Tony Blom-Pettersen on 4th June 2023

Once upon a time, in the world of powerboating, there was a man named Guido Cappellini. He was a legendary figure, known as the King of Powerboating, and his name was etched in the history books for his unmatched skill and determination.  Guido had won 10 UIMF1 championships and set multiple records throughout his illustrious career. However, there was one challenge that had eluded him—a victory in the prestigious Pavia Venezia raid. 

The Pavia Venezia raid was one of the most grueling and iconic powerboat races in the world. It spanned 225 kilometers along the river Po in Italy, from Pavia to the magnificent city of Venice. The race had a long and storied history, and the 70th edition was about to begin. 


Guido had dreamt of conquering this race since he was a young boy. He had come close several times, but victory had always slipped through his fingers. Determined to change his fate, he assembled a team of skilled engineers and mechanics to help him build the perfect boat for the race. 


Months of hard work, dedication, and meticulous planning went into creating the ultimate DACF1 powerboat. Guido’s team crafted a sleek and powerful vessel, equipped with the latest technology in the World, The Mercury 360 APX and designed for maximum speed and control.  


 It was a work of art, a masterpiece that would carry Guido to victory. 

On the day of the race, the air buzzed with anticipation as powerboat enthusiasts and spectators gathered along the riverbanks. The atmosphere was electric, as the roar of engines echoed through the air. Guido stood at the helm of his magnificent creation, ready to take on the challenge that had haunted him for years. 


As the starting signal sounded, Guido’s boat shot forward like a bullet. The other competitors tried to keep up, but Guido’s skill and determination were unmatched. He navigated the treacherous river with precision, pushing the boat to its limits and beyond. The crowd watched in awe as Guido’s vessel weaved through the water, leaving a trail of spray in its wake. 


Guido pushed himself and his boat to new heights. He faced choppy waves, narrow channels, and strong currents with unwavering focus. The journey was long and grueling, testing both man and machine. But Guido’s spirit burned brighter than ever before. 


Finally, after an intense and exhilarating race, Guido approached the finish line in Venice. The crowd erupted in applause and cheers as he crossed the threshold, his boat triumphantly slicing through the water. Guido had done it. He had conquered the Pavia Venezia raid, ending his long-standing quest for victory. 

Guido’s name was etched in the history books once again, this time as the champion of the 70th edition of the Pavia Venezia raid. He had proven himself as the King of Powerboating, an icon of the sport who would forever be remembered for his skill, determination, and unwavering passion. 


Guido stood on the podium, bathed in the glory of his accomplishment. With a smile on his face and a gleam in his eye, he dedicated his victory to his team, his family, and all the powerboat enthusiasts who had supported him throughout his journey.  


Guido Cappellini had left an indelible mark on the world of powerboating, and his legend would live on for generations to come. 


Won the raid, but was it a record ? 


The short answer is, NO. It would have been if the gearbox and propeller would not have been totally damaged when Guido hit driftwood in over 200 km/h with only a few nautical miles left.


We anticipate the King of PO will be back once more. . Now as a winner of Pavia Venezia, 70th edition.


The story to be updated.

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