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The very first turn of the very first race in the prestigious 2018 UIM XCAT Powerboating World Championship proved disastrous for Maritimo’s racing team. Capable of speeds north of 110 knots, the fully enclosed catamaran powered by twin 400-hp ROS Mercury competition outboards endured a crash that left team member Ross Willaton unconscious and underwater. Divers were able to rescue him, and after a five-day stay in the ICU he made a full recovery. But Maritimo’s dreams of glory that year were dashed. Not that the Aussies were even a little bit discouraged, however.