This trick assumes the game is under the default controller setting. Hold L during the pre-race countdown. Release L and press R when the countdown reaches "3".
Keep alternating between the two buttons until the race begins.
Your boat will get a faster start if the buttons are alternated with the right timing.
Bonus tracks and boats:
Successfully complete all medium difficulty tracks in first place to unlock the Nile Adventure bonus track. Successfully complete this track in first place to unlock the next bonus track. A total of four bonus tracks can be unlocked by finishing in first place.
All four bonus boats (Fishing Boat, Armed Response, Blowfish, and Tinytanic) will be available after all four bonus tracks are unlocked.
Arctic Circle: Shortcut:
Near the beginning of the level are some houses. There is a house where you can only see the roof. Jump off the roof and you should jump up about three or four places ahead.
Arctic Circle: Secret area:
When you reach the area with the big oil tanker and penguins, jump
over into a secret area with a red boost.
Catacomb: 9 second boost:
At beginning of the race there are two columns. Go between them
and you will get a 9 second boost.
The following is a list of the best boats to use on the easy and
Thunder Park track: Damn the Torpedoes
Lost Island track: Midway
Arctic Circle track: Damn the Torpedoes
Greek Isles track: Midway
Lake Powell track: Thresher
The Far East track: Thresher or Midway
New York Disaster: Shortcut:
Near the beginning is a silver revolving door that appears to be solid. Go through it and you will find a blue boost and a red boost. To get the red boost you have to use a Hydro Jump (hold [Brake] and use [Boost]).
New York Disaster: Boost
In NY Disaster, when you are racing through the left side of the subway tunnel with the Rescue boat cutting you off and bumping into you, instead of jumping for the nine second red boost in the center to the right, bash into the Rescue boat. Your boost level will remain where it was for the remainder of the race.