For the entire 2012 domestic offshore racing season, the Miss Geico Racing team is offering the ResQMe belt-cutting tool free to any team—registered with any sanctioning body—running a canopied race boat. That’s the word from Marc Granet, the driver of the 50-foot-long, turbine-powered Miss Geico Mystic catamaran.
“Our first order is for 300 of them,” said Granet. “The tool has a loop on one end that racers can easily zip-tie to their life preserver or dash. All you have to go is grab it and pull it and exposes a knife similar to a letter opener. We’ve tested them at our shop and they cut through seat belt webbing like butter.
“So now there’s no excuse for anybody not to have them on their boat,” he added.
Granet said that interested teams can stop by the Miss Geico Racing shop in Riviera Beach, Fla. The Miss Geico crew also will have them on hand at every race—and they’re planning on competing in 12 events this year—they run.
“As long as they provide us with a mailing address and tell us which organization they’ll be running with, we’ll even ship them,” said Granet.
The Miss Geico team worked with Task Force Tips, a firefighting tools manufacturer and supplier, to acquire the cutters, all of which will come in highly visible “Miss Geico” fluorescent yellow.