For the second time this year, the popular offshore racer is getting back in the cockpit. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
In a strange turn of events that started with veteran offshore racer Bob Teague developing a serious hand infection that landed him in a Southern California hospital the day after he returned from throttling the Superboat-class Cleveland Construction Skater 388 catamaran in the Super Boat International National Championships in Clearwater, Fla., earlier this month, Chuck Broaddus will share the Cleveland Construction cockpit with Ed Smith during the upcoming SBI Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. The 51-year-old owner of the Superboat-class Broadco team, which withdrew from competition at the end of the 2015 season, Broaddus will drive the 38-footer powered by Sterling Performance engines with Smith, who drove the cat this season, moving into the throttleman’s seat.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Broaddus, who shared the cockpit of the 40-foot Broadco MTI catamaran earlier this year at the Offshore Powerboat Association St. Clair River Classic in Michigan with his wife, Kellie. “I’m thrilled to be part of their team.”