By Stephen J. Kotz
While attempting to break a speed boating record around Long Island on Thursday, September 3, a 53-foot racing catamaran named “Recovery” collided with the Plum Gut buoy at approximately 148 miles per hour, leaving a huge gash in its hull.
“Recovery,” piloted by Stuart Haymin and throttle man Joe Imprescio, left Manhasset Bay Marina in Port Washington at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Thursday in an attempt to break a 2 hour and 10 minute record for a trip around Long Island. As it reached Plum Gut, fog caused it to lose contact with a spotter plane that was accompanying it during the record attempt to alert it to possible obstacles in its path.
Seconds later, as the boat plowed along, it came upon the Plum Gut buoy, dead ahead. A last-second swerve avoided disaster, but a collision was unavoidable, resulting in severe damage to the left side of the craft. There were no injuries, and the boat was towed to the Ship Ashore Marina in Sag Harbor later that morning.
According to Mr. Imprescio, it will take at least a year to rebuild the craft, but he and Mr. Haymin plan to make another bid for the record.
The around-island race was an attempt to raise up to $250,000 for the Boomer Esiason Foundation and the Don Monti Foundation.