For the first time in a year-and-a-half, former Miss GEICO driver Marc Granet will be back in the cockpit of not one but two offshore raceboats. And for the first time in more than 10 years, Ryan Beckley, the current throttleman and owner of the DoubleEdge Motorsports team, will be out of the cockpit of his raceboat.
For veteran offshore racers Marc Granet (above at the 2015 SBI Offshore World Championships) and Ryan Beckley, this week in Key West is particularly special for opposite reasons. Photo courtesy/copyright Andy Newman.
Still an active partner in the Miss GEICO offshore racing team owners group, Granet exited the cockpit of the team’s 44-foot Victory catamaran following a tragic accident in July 2017 that claimed the life of American Ethanol/Cat Can Do throttleman Keith Holmes. Still leading his team, Beckley exited the cockpit of his Curry Refrigeration And Air Conditioning-backed 30-foot Skater catamaran in July 2018 after being diagnosed with a heart disorder called Atrial Fibrillation.
And for very different reasons, both are grateful to be in their respective roles at the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., this week.