Sovie Family Racing Notes 3 Generation Success In Inboards
BY DAVE SHEA
The Sovie Family Racing team can trace its roots in Ogdensburg boat racing to homemade plywood hydroplane powered by outboard motors.
Bob Sovie followed by his son Joe have both been involved in racing inboards and outboards and have been involved in the development of the highest technology in the sport.
Over the years Bob Sovie gravitated his efforts in boat design and innovation while Joe became an accomplished builder while advancing through the driving ranks from 1.5 Litre outboards to the Grand Prix inboards with the highly respected Kiwis of the Miss New Zealand team.
Joe Sovie is currently consolidating his operations through the construction of a garage-workshop at his home.
Construction which has been delayed periodically this spring and summer as Joe Sovie guided his 13 year old Ayden through the transition of his racing career from success in the different classes of J Stock Hydro in two boats powered by a Johnson 15 horsepower outboard motor to the entry level of inboard racing.
Racing the T-35 craft, provided by the Thompson Brothers Racing Team, Ayden made his debut at the Eastern Divisional Championships staged at the Thunder on the Lake Choptank Regatta in New Jersey.
"The American Power Boat Association lowered the age for inboard racing to 13 which allowed four rookies to get involved in the 1.5 Stock Class. It is a stock class so there can be no modifications to the engines. The original engines have to be run which makes it fair for everyone" said Joe Sovie.
"The Thompson Brothers of Baltimore provided Ayden with a boat which let him get his feet wet and he did a great job. We can't thank them enough. The boat is very quick and has a four cycle Toyota motor. He took second in his first qualifying heat and placed third in the finals to reach the podium."
Ayden's Valerie Sovie said that her son wanted to start his own Facebook page to thank the many people who helped and supported him.
She offered thanks speaking for her family.
"To the many, many racers and crew members, rescue team personnel and officials who stopped by to introduce themselves and offer words of encouragement and advice all weekend long---wow." she said .
"We all know that our racing family is a wonderful thing, but it really hit home to see so many of you taking a few moments from a hot, hectic, busy weekend to reach out to Ayden and the other new drivers. We are truly humbled and grateful that Ayden's first heats were blessed with so much success, and that each of you had a part in it."
While enjoying success as a rookie in the inboard ranks Ayden Sovie, who will enter the eighth grade at OFA in a few weeks, continues his success in the outboard J Stock ranks.
Over the weekend in Halburton, Ontario Powerboat Races he recorded first place finishes in three classes. The races showcased by talented young drivers in several hydroplane and runabout classes.