November could be an historic month for Miss GEICO.
The 3,330-horsepower vessel and her crew are gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive title at the Super Boat International World Championships in Key West, Florida.
The finale—a grueling series of three races over five days—is considered the pinnacle of the offshore racing season, and the Miss GEICO team is throttling up for the challenge.
“All systems are go,” says Scott Colton, a Managing Member of the team.
It takes more than a month of hard work for the 18-person Miss GEICO team to even have a shot at winning, he adds. “The next six weeks will make or break us.”
The team behind Miss GEICO—a 50 foot-long catamaran capable of topping 200 mph—has won eight world championships since its inception in 2005. That includes the 2013 and 2014 Super Boat International titles. No team has ever won three straight, says crew chief Gary Stray.
“It would be a massive achievement,” he says. “I’m confident we have the team to do it. But you always need a little bit of luck to win a championship.” Competition at the event will be fierce, with well-heeled national teams from Australia and Qatar in the mix.
The Key West race follows another banner season for the Miss GEICO, which is piloted by driver Marc Granet and throttleman Scott Begovich. The team won three races and finished second in three others.
But the Key West event, which runs from November 8 to 15, is another beast, says Stray.
The hectic schedule means the 18-person team will have little time between races to fine-tune— and if necessary, repair—the boat.
“You are cramming two or three weeks of work into [one] night,” says Stray. “It seems glamorous, but it’s a lot of hard work.”
Even after Key West, there will be no rest for the weary.
Almost as soon as the wake has settled, the team will head for Englewood, Florida, for the Offshore Powerboat Association World Championships, another hallmark event.
“We’re hoping that the boat and the team hold up,” says Colton. “We’re entering uncharted territory.”