Following the tragic accident in the US Offshore Powerboat Association’s St Clair Classic between Cat Can Do and Miss Geico which cost popular racer Keith Holmes his life, the Geico management have decided to lease the former Spirit of Qatar from Steve Curtis’s Offshore Racing Services to fulfil their sponsorship commitment to Insurance giant Geico.
The Miss Geico involved in the accident was a 44 foot Victory cat while the Qatar boat is a 41 foot Victory cat. Damage to Miss Geico was so serious that it was felt that repairing it in time for the OPA Fall River race on 25/27th August would not be possible.
The regular Miss Geico crew of Marc Granet and Scotty Begovich have been significantly traumatised by the accident, so John Tomlinson and Jay Muller will be in the cockpit for the Fall River, Michigan race, and Britain’s Steve Curtis will take over throttling duties for the following OPA race. Curtis cannot compete at Falls River as he will be aboard Cougar 69 in UK’s Cowes-Torquay race. Geico have not decided on the driver to partner Curtis after the Falls River race.