While this morning’s drivers meeting roll call produced a relatively average 39 shouts of “Here!” during the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., one of the largest numbers of those affrimative yelps—in a departure from the norm—came from the Superboat Unlimited class. At present, there are a record-setting eight entries in the category: Alex and Ani, two CMS teams, Duval House/Airway Aerospace, Envy, Lucas Oil/SilverHook, Marine Concepts/Speed Racer and Miss GEICO.
“I think when we won the Worlds in 2010 or 2011, there were seven teams,” said Bob Bull, who brought two CMS teams to the event. “This is the biggest one I can remember.”
“It’s unbelievable, just unbelievable,” said Marc Granet, the driver for the defending Unlimited-class world champion Miss GEICO team. “It’s fantastic. The bigger the fleet, the better. Hopefully, we’ll see this kind of attendance during the regular season.”
In an equally impressive showing, the Superboat class also has reportedly has eight entries. That makes it the largest fleet in the class since the early 2000s when the forerunner of the class ran as “Supercat” under the APBA Offshore sanctioning umbrella.