Don Aronow Memorial Marathon Run Around Long Island
This 271 mile course has been a challenge to nautical sportsmen since its inception in 1959, when Jim Lacey won the race at 8 hours and 30 minutes in a 17’ Hunter with a 70 HP Mercury outboard. Through the years, races around Long Island and “One-Off” record setting challenges have been an attraction for thrill seeking, affluent gentlemen of the sport. The Prestige of establishing a Record Run Around Long Island ranks high up on the bucket list for many speedboaters from North America and attracts the attention of boater’s throughout the world. This is a true test of Man, Machine, and the Elements.
The Start and the Finish of the Marathon Around Long Island August 22, 2015 Lon was on the paceboat, Sam & Mark were on Chris Broadbent's 35 Luhrs
Race Around Long Island Course (We start at Bouy #27 heading NORTHEAST.)
There are no required stopping stations. Some boats are equipped to carry enough fuel, but they will have the option of refueling at any marina they choose.
Start and stop is buoy #27 off of Port Washington, Long Island Sound, north of Great Neck.
Proceed North on Long Island Sound, keeping the north shore of Long Island to starboard. After passing Orient Pt Lighthouse (N41.156427 by W 72.24187) and Montauk Point Lighthouse (N41.071577 by W 71.861572), proceed South, past Freeport and the Rockaways/Brooklyn, enter the Hudson River under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Proceed on the Easterly side of Governor's Island to the East River and travel the Easterly side of Roosevelt Island to "Hell's Gate" and Northerly past Riker's Island, under the Whitestone Bridge, under the Throggs Neck Bridge into Long Island Sound, and end just past Great Neck at Buoy #27.
Race Around Long Island Eastern (NYC) leg Course Map
On September 19, 2013 Matt Gordon & Ed Dawson attempted the run in a Hustler 377 Talon Catamaran. The course map and segments of the Kattack online GPS map have been added to the video. This run is sanctioned by the National Powerboat Association.
Matthew is the owner of multiple business’ including “Graduation Source” and Avanti Systems. He has been an avid helmsman for over 20 years and an active participant on the National Powerboat Association’s poker run series and the Florida Powerboat Club’s poker run series…encompassing boating from Key West to Maine.His homeport is Beacon Point Marine at the Greenwich Water Club in Cos Cob, CT. What caught Matthew’s interest was the re-introduction of the DON ARONOW MEMORIAL MARATHON AROUND LONG ISLAND, which was brought back in September of 2010 after being dormant for over 25 years, to honor one of the “Father’s of the Sport” of offshore racing and the creator of Donzi, Magnum, Formula, and Cigarette powerboats. The race produced a winner, Joe DeFusco, who completed the course in 6 hours and 15 minutes in his 30’ Sonic, and ignited interest within a fraternity of dedicated speedboat racers. Fast forward to last year’s “one-off” Record Run by Stu Hayim of Long Island, NY in his Class I MTI catamaran with 2,600 HP of Merc Power, the “Ferrari-Maserati Special”, Stu was able to establish a new open-class record of 2 hours and 11 minutes for the run and in doing so, raised close to $100,000.00 through pledges for his dedicated charity, “The Don Monti Memorial Cancer Research Foundation” of Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
A few racers have expressed interest in doing 'one-offs' and going for individual Class Records to circumnavigate Long Island. NPBA sanctions these events, as it did for Stu Hayim's famous record breaking run around Long Island in August, so please inquire if there is any interest to try. We have a book with all of the past record-holders so we can give you the info needed to be a record holder of your class.
The promoters of the Don Aronow Memorial Marathon Race Around Long Island are looking for businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship of next year’s event. Major Sports TV networks have expressed interest in a NASCAR style live broadcast of the event. A sponsor who is looking to promote their brand in the international market could use the event to showcase their product before millions of potential users.
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