Former Record Holder Fabio Buzzi Dies In Crash

September 21, 2019

Former Bermuda Challenge record holder Fabio Buzzi died Tuesday night [Sept 17] after his boat hit a breakwater off Venice, Italy according to

Boating Magazine said Italian motorboat builder and racer Fabio Buzzi, and two of his crewmembers died attempting to break the Monaco to Venice record and had been running for more than 18 hours when their boat crashed off Venice, Italy.

Buzzi, 76 when he died, had formerly held this record, along with dozens of other endurance and boat speed records, including the Bermuda Challenge, [which was conceived and is administered by Boating] record he set in 2012.

Tyson Garvin and Chris Fertig had their first Bermuda Challenge record smashed by Buzzi, only to take the record back from him in 2013.

Chris Fertig said, “Fabio Buzzi was the single most talented boating professional I have ever met. He had an unparalleled ability to design and build every aspect of a high performance boat from innovative boat hulls, to lightweight diesel engines, to efficient surface drive systems.

“It was hard not to feel like an underdog when competing with Fabio for Boating Magazine’s Bermuda Challenge World Record. Tyson and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete with such a tenacious competitor and amazing engineering mind. God speed.”

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