With its 47-foot Victory-built catamaran completely updated—right down to fresh paint—and repaired from a racing accident in Sarasota, Fla., last year, the Miss GEICO team has committed to two Offshore Powerboat Association-backed races during a tough season that will see all of its action in the waning months of the year. The news was announced on the Miss GEICO Facebook page this afternoon.
Miss GEICO is returning to the Lake of the Ozarks in early October. Photo from the 2019 Lake Race by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
The team will run September 11-13 in the OPA’s Crystal Coast Grand Prix in Morehead City, N.C., and the Performance Boat Center-sponsored Offshore At The Ozarks-Cat Edition, October 2-3, on the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri.
Offshore racing veteran Steve Curtis will throttle the Class ONE 47-footer powered by Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engines in both events. Extreme sports superstar and rookie offshore powerboat racer Travis Pastrana will tackle the steering duties in North Carolina, while his longtime friend Brit Lilly—another seasoned offshore racer—will handle them in Missouri.
“Ahead of these events, the team continues to make adjustments and dial-in the boat for racing conditions following its reconstruction and an initial showing at the Ocean City (Md.) Air Show,” the Facebook-posted press release stated.
With the Dubai-based Victory team and the 222 Offshore team of Australia sidelined with COVID-19 travel bans for the year, Class ONE competition for Miss GEICO will prove challenging to find. When this story went live, speedonthewater.com was unable to confirm if any other teams in the category plan to run in either contest. Regardless, the team remains a fan favorite and can use both events to prepare for the 2021 season, according to Miss GEICO group partner Scott Colton.
In addition to Offshore At The Ozarks the Crystal Coast Grand Prix, the OPA World Championships set November 19-22 still remain on the American Power Boat Association-member organization’s schedule.