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Inside SOTW Mag: Master Classes On Offshore Racing’s Biggest Stage

Like any other group of competitors, offshore powerboat racers are focused on winning. Still, sometimes it is better to pull back and settle for second place. Take for example owner/ throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil and their 38-foot Skater, M CON. The pair had finished second in the Super Cat class on the first day of the 2022 Race World Offshore Key West Championships on Friday. In the second of two races for the world title on Sunday, their chief rival pulled off the course with mechanical problems and they knew they didn’t have to capture the checkered flag to claim the sport’s ultimate prize.

The 2022 Race World Offshore World Championships were won with a balance of tempered aggression and exceptional skill. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Getting that message across to the highly enthusiastic Miller, wasn’t such an easy task. During the first few laps on Sunday, Coil repeated, “We don’t have to beat CELSIUS,” as Miller ran the boat wide open. Miller admitted that the message didn’t sink in right away.

“We were coming out of the harbor turn and I said, ‘OK, I don’t need to beat them,’” Miller said, then chuckled.

Miller and Coil maintained their position and two second-place finishes were enough to bring the team its first Super Cat world championship. The title is awarded by combining points from the two races and because the boats run more laps on Sunday, double points are awarded for that day.

“It was a long time coming,” said Miller of his first title.

Second in the final Super Cat rankings went to owner/ driver Wayne Valder and throttleman Grant Bruggemann in the 42-foot MTI, CELSIUS, and throttleman Vinnie Diorio and driver Simon Prevost took third in the 39-foot Outerlimits, SV Offshore Racing.

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