After an encouraging end to the 2019 offshore powerboat racing season that included first- and second-place finishes at the Race World Offshore Key West Championships, Michigan’s Chuck and Kellie Broaddus of the Supercat-class Broadco team were eager to come back in 2020. In just a few races, throttleman Chris Hanley and Chuck Broaddus had meshed beautifully in the cockpit of the team’s MTI catamaran.
Broadco has been off the racecourse since the 2019 Race World Offshore Key West Championships. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
But like most Supercat teams, Broadco never started a race in this year’s COVID-19 abbreviated season. And with the momentum of the 2019 season lost, the team is considering several options for 2021.
“Kellie and I have decided to possibly ‘pass the torch’ to someone who may be interested in acquiring one of the most competitive Supercats in the class,” said Broaddus, who drove 40-footer with throttleman Grant Bruggemann to a Super Boat International world title in 2014. “We are not entirely committed to selling the MTI. However if the right person comes along who is interested in a proven, turn-key raceboat, we will consider retirement—at least from racing this boat.”
Broaddus said they also would consider a lease-to-race alternative.
“The class is continuing to grow and with some of the new teams involved it has become anyone’s race on any given day,” So if that adrenaline junkie is out there and serious about acquiring a serious race boat we are open to a conversation.
“It not the end of an era for us,” he added. “It’s just perhaps a change of course. We are completely enthralled with the friendships, experiences and memories we have created over the years and will likely continue to campaign her in the 2021 season should we not find her a new home.”