Even if first-year offshore racers Casey Boaz and Rob Unnerstall don’t prevail at the upcoming Super Boat International National Championships in Clearwater, Fla., or come home with a Superboat Stock-class title from SBI’s Key West Offshore World Championships in November, the owners of the CR Racing 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran are going to be extremely pleased following their rookie season.
Casey and Jesse Boaz had fun running the WIA Marine Insurance-sponsored CR Racing outboard-powered 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran back home after Saturday’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. Photo courtesy Tristan Collins-Garvin
First of all, the teammates won their very first SBI race—the Cleveland Construction Grand Prix on Lake Erie in Mentor, Ohio (read Matt Trulio’s column about the race)—and they finished third a few weeks later in Michigan City, Ind. Second, Boaz and Unnerstall had an incredible time with their sons—Jesse and Nick, respectively—and the rest of their family and friends during the recent Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri.
“We had such a fun time at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout—we expected that because it’s a hometown event, but I think it exceeded all of our expectations,” said Boaz, the team’s throttleman who calls Wentzville, Mo., home. “My son, Jesse, and I had a great time running down the Shootout course. The 119-mph top speed we reached was the fastest the boat had ever been since we weren’t running a normal race setup. Jesse and I also ran it home on Saturday with the rush of boats leaving the Shootout. He told me that was the coolest thing he’d ever done. It was like being in an ocean race.”
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