It was high-performance racing at its best in Key West for Cutting Edge Marine Race Team from Lake of the Ozarks.


They managed to come from behind and take an unexpected lap to victory after beating out one of the top contenders on the final day of racing. 


It was high-performance racing at its best in Key West for Cutting Edge Marine Race Team from Lake of the Ozarks.

They managed to come from behind and take an unexpected lap to victory after beating out one of the top contenders on the final day of racing. 

It was a first time world champion win in the Superboat Vee Extreme class, for owner/driver Mike Janssen of Saratoga Stampede. To pull it off the first time out was quite a thrill for the team.
“We prepared a lot over the year and I got some great help from the best such as champion Johnny Tomlinson. It really paid off,” Janssen said.

It was the sheer determination of the Cutting Edge crew.

Most of the team was there with the exception of Matt Janssen, who couldn’t make it because of his studies at Washington University, and Terry Janssen.

“We had some great help from Matt Patterson from LOTO’s Advance Marine,” Janssen said. “We came in as heavy underdogs for the race.  The first day was delayed due to weather, but when we actually got to race, the Vee Extreme class between the Panasonic boat (Cat Killer) and Saratoga Stamepede, was the race to watch.”

It was a close race throughout all six laps of the first day with Panasonic taking the lead the first race by one second.

“On the second race (Friday) everybody was anticipating a close race again.  We kept the race close, but by the third lap, our driver Brian Forehand noticed that something wasn’t right with the boat and he decided to pull out of the race to avoid further damage to Stampede,” said Shyan Lam, who handles communications for the race crew. “We later realized that we had a blown fuel pump.  It took 20 minutes to replace it and we were all set again for the third and final race.

The Panasonic boat was running twin 1550-hp motors, which gave them about a 1,000 more hp than the Stampede. The horsepower advantage didn’t deter Janssen and the crew.

On the last day, the race was a close one again.  There was a little rubbing in the first two laps.

Then something happened to the Panasonic boat and they were forced to return to the pits. 

After doing some repairs, the Panasonic boat came back out in an attempt to finish the race. 

They were already five laps behind the Stampede and couldn’t pull ahead to take the lead.

Stampede ended up winning the final race and went into a tie for the overall score.  It came down to the number of laps completed and the average lap speed.

“It was a great victory for us,” Janssen said. “The entire team had a blast.  We are very happy to bring our checkered flag and our world championship back to the Lake of the Ozarks.”

Cutting Edge runs in the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and the Offshore Super Series.