Powerboat Racing: No Spray, No Sweat

For four years, the Miami-to-Nassau powerboat race has been monopolized by Boatbuilder Dick Bertram, 49, whose V-hulled Moppies were especially designed to knife through the usually choppy, churning seas. Last week Bertram was back with a brand-new, 38-ft. "heavy weather" boat powered by twin 550-h.p. General Motors diesels. But where was the weather? The 183-mile stretch between Miami and Nassau was as calm as a Palm Beach swimming pool. "Any ski boat could win this race," sneered one disgruntled skipper as 46 competitors lined up for the start.

By the time the leaders reached Cat Cay, just 44½ miles from...

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