Miss Geico will begin its bid for a ninth world title as the world’s fastest offshore racing boat with the first of 12 scheduled competitions of the 2015 season, including a photo opportunity for fans at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, which runs March 26-29.
The Palm Beach show is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and organized by Fort Lauderdale-based Show Management. Active Interest Media is the parent company of Show Management and Soundings Trade Only.
Miss Geico’s first official race is set for Cocoa Beach May 15-17 at the sixth annual Geico presents Space Coast SBI Grand Prix. Her season continues through to Nov. 9-15 for the Geico Super Boat International World Championship races.
Miss Geico, sponsored by Geico Insurance and based in Riviera Beach, Fla., will be defending its world title against competitors such as the Sheik of Qatar, the Canadian national team, the Norway national team and several formidable American teams in the Unlimited Powerboat Class.
"We consider it a privilege to race the world's fastest catamaran on behalf of Geico, and an honor to support members of the military and their families,” Miss Geico managing member Scott Colton said in a statement.
The Miss Geico Victory boat is the fourth generation of the powerboat team's racing catamaran. The carbon, Kevlar and S-glass boat houses twin Mercury 1650 Race Sterndrive engines that produce nearly 3,300 hp and top speeds exceeding 200 mph.
Driver Marc Granet and throttleman Scotty Begovich have been together since the team's inception. They harness the Miss Geico boat's power on the water, supported by crew chief Gary Stray.
The Miss Geico team includes a full staff of CDL drivers to operate a fleet of trucks and trailers, a support and maintenance crew for the raceboats, the Caveman Cigarette VIP boat, a 31-foot safety boat and a team hospitality trailer.