Hannes Bohinc – Team Owner and Throttleman – is a successful entrepreneur who set up a motorcycle shop at the age of just 18, combining his two main passions; racing and business.
His love of the sea started in 1984 and in 1992 he discovered the thrill of offshore racing, rapidly establishing himself as an accomplished competitor by taking the Harmsworth Trophy, his class in the Venice-Montecarlo and Montecarlo-Porto Cervo-Montecarlo events, the 1994 Martini Trophy and bronze and silver medals at the Superboat World Championships in the USA.
Highly experienced and a proven winner, ‘Bison Bohinc’ - the second biggest farmer of bison in Europe - won the Venice-Montecarlo marathon and the Martini Endurance Trophy of Sport category in his first season and has been a fixture on the podium almost every year since.
He has also experienced his quota of drama during his racing career, most notably when, competing in the UIM Class 2 World Championships in Buenos Aires in 1997, his boat overturned and stuck in the mud of the river bottom, jamming the canopy hatches shut.
“I was leading coming to the last lap and then my steering failed, we rolled and it quickly developed into a terrible situation.” he recalls. “It was not deep enough to open the hatch. I was eight minutes without oxygen before the divers came and took me out. I was clinically dead.”