When Hannes Bohinc bought his first boat, a sport model in which he sailed the Mediterranean Sea, even he could not have predicted the wave of achievement that was to come.
A keen seaman since 1984, Austrian Bohinc, who had already built up his successful business empire, took part in his first competitive race in 1992, the Venice-Monte Carlo. It was from here that his powerboating career hit top gear.
Bohinc won the event in S1 class with the monohull Offshore Marine 38’, ‘Royal Flush’, a feat he repeated in the Monte Carlo-Porto Cervo-Monte Carlo and Aeolian Isles Trophy.
In 1993, in the same hull, powered by two-Seatek engines, he claimed the Martini Trophy before, in 1994, entering the Fabio Buzzi Design team, becoming the owner of an FB 46’ driven by three Seateks. He immediately became endurance champion.
Upgrading again, this time to the four-engined Casino Tivoli, he enjoyed unbridled success throughout the years, taking title after title, most notably the fabled Harmsworth Trophy in 1995. The British event is the competition Bohinc ranks as his number one.
In 1998, he was second overall at the ‘Dakar’ with an FB 38’ RIB, driven by two Yanmar engines and first in the Endurance Tourism category.