Sharing the cockpit of a V-bottom raceboat or battling against one another on the racecourse, Peter Meyer and the late Joe Sgro were inseparable. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
On the final day of the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships last month in Key West, Fla., veteran racer Peter Meyer walked the dry pits and the outer mole spectator area like a man in a trance. His eyes red and brimming with tears, his voice soft and hoarse, he ambled up and down the long jetty aimlessly, almost as if he were looking for something cherished he’d lost.
But it wasn’t something. It was someone.
Just three days earlier, his best friend Joe Sgro had died following an accident during the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run. Meyer and Sgro, the 66-year-old principal of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I., shared a 35-year friendship on and off the racecourse.
“I raced with him and I raced against him,” said Meyer. “We loved it. We loved each other.”