It takes a great team to win in offshore racing—or any type of boat racing.
As many of you already know, I’ve joined the
Superboat-class Cleveland Construction
Offshore Racing Team this season, and so
far so good inside the cockpit with my friend and driver, Ed Smith. I’ve known Smith for many years as we’ve competed against each other, worked on each other’s boats, traded setup advice and so on.
Of course none of that meant we’d be great
teammates inside the same boat—in this case a 38-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran powered by a pair of 850-hp engines in a very competitive class with some of the greatest boat handlers I’ve ever raced against, think John Tomlinson, Billy Mauff, Grant Bruggemann and more. We only have three races under our belt, but we’re getting to know each other better each time out.