Extreme Measures

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Little Facts About Extreme

  • The 29ft Formula III Hull is the fastest V-hull in Trinidad and Tobago to date.
  • Its technologically advanced hull design has helped it to hold this record.
  • Extreme was built with air intake ports on the top of its bow to feed its stepped hull with air to create lift. By lifting the hull out of the water, this reduces drag and causes the hull to become lighter at higher speeds.
  • Extreme has been built with the lightest fabrication materials including fiberglass and carbon fiber.
  • Having spaced out the race bulkheads at the proper distance, this hull has been able to achieve an incredibly lightweight with a very strong and dependable hull.
  • Extreme has been previously powered by a Johnson 250hp outboard engine which has been only able to push the boat to 54mph at its highest seen in the 2008 Great Race. 
  • Dominating the 60mph class after having invested in a higher torque Johnson V8, Extreme has kept with the momentum this team has carried over the years and has once again stepped up in class to the 70mph Class after upgrading to twin 225hp Mercury Outboards. There is NO doubt that Extreme Measures will dominate the 70mph class.

Below are hyperlinks to articles related to Team Extreme Measures from various news and media.

http://test.guardian.co.tt/?q=sports/other-sports/2009/08/23/tardieu-return-extreme-glory

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/_Fire_One__blazes_to_Great_Race_glory-128543373.html

http://www.trinituner.com/v3/2011/08/27/great-race-2011/

http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2011/08/17/tardieu-s-crew-plans-take-extreme-measures

A Little History

Extreme Measures is a 29 ft Formula III extreme originally built in 2001 with an inboard engine. The Original Extreme team got together in 2000 to start designing this Hull which was originally meant to compete in the "A" Class which is now the 80mph class.  This class, was at the time the most competative and growing class as far as size, mainly due to the strict rules that governed the equipment. 


"Extreme" was launched in time for the 2001 pre-Great Race shakedown regatta, and they went straight into the winners row by winning the first race they entered - a 1 mile sprint. They had fired the warning shot to their competitors. With this new hull, The Extreme went on to be crowned A-Class champions in the 2001 Great Race a couple weeks later. 

In the 2002 Offshore season, the competition was as fierce as ever. This brought out the some of the most aggressive racing ever. This aggression coupled with the fact that these boats in the A Class were well capable of doing beyond 90mph, meant that the envelope of safety was severely being pushed. This fact was brought home in stark reality when the team were involved in a near disastrous incident just prior to the 2002 Great Race. On final lap of a circuit event in rougher than usual seas in the Gulf of Paria, the boat took off skyward after hitting a steep ocean swell. The re-entry was what every Offshore racer fears - a stuff straight into an oncoming wave. The boat became submerged for more than a few seconds. When it finally resurfaced, it was only the integrity of the hull that protected the team from serious injury.


Not willing to take such a risk again, the boat was repaired and outfitted with a canopy and remodelled as a two-seater.  After another incident with the boat flipping and rolling, the crew reduced the speed of the boat by taking out the inboard engines and putting two 225 Mercury Outboards. Even with this reduction in speed, the hull was still capable of hitting well over 80mph.


In the 2007 racing season, the boys in Extreme again took another serious hit when the boat took a wave and upon re-entering the water, flipped and rolled. The impact was so hard, the canopy glass cracked letting water into the cockpit and almost taking the lives of the crew. This boat having undergone a variety of configurations has finally started over with Extreme Measures, with a new look and a new crew.


This boat would now be configured without the canopy and with one Johnson 250HP V6 Outboard Engine which puts this boat in the 55mph Class.This hull was purchased by the new owners in an attempt to enter the 55mph class and dominate this class. This boat was stripped and, starting from scratch, was outfitted with one 250hp Johnson Outboard and made its debut under its new owners at the biggest event of the racing season - The Great Race 2007. With just about 2 weeks to re-rig the entire boat, Team Extreme Measures started its long run to establish itself in the Trinidad and Tobago powerboat racing arena once again.

SEASONAL FINISHES OVER THE YEARS...

YEAR
 CLASS
 POWER
GREAT RACE 
CLASS FINISH
POSITION
 NOTES
 NATIONAL 
CHAMPIONSHIP 
CLASS 
FINISH
 2007
55 MPH
  1 x 225 HP JOHNSON OUTBOARD V6
  DNF
BROKEN FUEL SELECTOR VALVE 
 2008
55 MPH
  1 x 225 HP JOHNSON OUTBOARD V6
  2ND 
-
  -
 2009
55 MPH
  1 x 225 HP JOHNSON OUTBOARD V6
  1ST
-
  1ST
 2010
 55 MPH
  1 x 200 HP YAMAHA OUTBOARD V6
  3RD
-
-
 2011
  60 MPH
1 x 250 HP JOHNSON OUTBOARD V8
  1ST 
-
 1ST
 2012
  60 MPH
  1 x 250 HP JOHNSON OUTBOARD V8
  DNF
ENGINE BROKE OFF BACK OF BOAT
2ND 
 2013
  70 MPH
2 x 225 HP MERCURY EFI OUTBOARD V6
 DNF
BROKEN ENGINE DRIVE SHAFT
 3RD
 2014
  70 MPH
  2 x 225 HP MERCURY EFI OUTBOARD V6
  DNF
FUEL PROBLEMS DUE TO ENGINE BURNING EXCESS FUEL 
3RD 
 2015
  70 MPH
  2 x 225 HP MERCURY EFI OUTBOARD V6
  DNF
BROKEN ENGINE BRACKET
3RD
 2016
  70 MPH
  2 x 225 HP MERCURY EFI OUTBOARD V6
  DNF
ELECTRICAL PROBLEM TO FUEL INJECTOR RAIL
 2ND
 2017
 70 MPH
 2 x 225 HP MERCURY EFI OUTBOARD V6 (CARB)
 DNF
 BLOWN STARBOARD  LOWER UNIT
3RD 
 2018
 70 MPH
 2 x 225 HP MERCURY EFI OUTBOARD V6 (CARB) / 225 HP OPTIMAX
 DNS
 PORT ENGINE OVERHEAT
 2ND
 2019
 70 MPH
 2 X 225 HP MERCURY OUTBOARD V6 OPTIMAX
 1ST
 CLASS RECORD (HOLDERS)
2:58:29
(FINISHED ON ONE ENGINE)
 1ST
 2020
 70 MPH
 2 x 225 HP MERCURY OUTBOARD V6 OPTIMAX
 2ND
 UPPER MOUNT BOLTS STRIPPED
SEASON CANCELLED DUE TO 
COVID-19
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