1995 - That's what you call a golden year!

General News - 15 February 2010 -- It is now 15 years since Hannes Bohinc enjoyed the most rewarding season of his distinguished powerboating career.

It is an achievement and landmark that is more than worthy of celebration.

The year of 1995 would become Bohinc’s greatest and most prolific in powerboating.

12 months previously, the Austrian entrepreneur had entered the FB Design team, joining forces with Fabio Buzzi in a business arrangement now heralded as one of, if not the best in the history of powerboat racing.

The 1993 Martini Endurance Trophy winner became the owner of a 1989 FB 46’ already possessing a winning pedigree; it was from then on that the relationship between Bohinc and Buzzi grew stronger and stronger. Nobody could have been surprised by the upcoming success of this dynamic duo.

The Enzo Ferrari of powerboating was the dominant force of offshore endurance competition during this time, winning very nearly every title in sight. Put simply, it ruled the waves.

With Buzzi and fellow Italians Emilio Riganti and Gianfranco Zanoni alternating duties on the throttle, Bohinc, living up to his billing and new title of ‘Mister Endurance’, had around him a team that was second to none as his Admiral Casino Tivoli, equipped with four Seatek engines, left the opposition in its wake.

The Bohinc-Buzzi combination competed at the very highest level around the globe in a variety of craft, succeeding in race after race,


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event after event and smashing record after record, some of which remain in place even today.

The unbridled success they enjoyed was never more palpable than in 1995 as Bohinc dominated the Martini Endurance Trophy again and claimed victory in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes and Viareggio-Bastia-Viareggio to boot.

In addition, he thrived in the P2 Class on his way to becoming the overall winner of the prestigious Harmsworth Trophy that year.

Buzzi had already enjoyed phenomenal success in the competition and this latest victory further cemented his dominance and that of the hulls which bore his name.

Bohinc went on to make an impact further afield in the November of that year – riding the crest of a wave – he took a bronze medal away from the Superboat World Championship in Key West, Florida.

This inspired pairing of two legends in their field proved to be the catalyst for the most successful 12 months of a dynamic career in powerboating for Hannes Bohinc.

For so many reasons, 1995 was a golden year.