The British pairing of Steve Curtis and Miles Jennings will be racing Miss GEICO at Englewood Beach this weekend for the OPA World Championship .
It has obviously been a terrible lead-up to the race for Curtis, whose best friend, Peter Currington passed away yesterday.
The championship is run over two races, one on Saturday and the final on Sunday and GEICO’s Crew Chief Gary Stray commented:
The sea conditions look to be calm on Saturday, and bumpier on Sunday, which would favor the setup of the our hull.
This [Zabo] hull has a different bottom on it than our primary hull.
Steve is very good in the rough as well, so that combination should work well in our favor.
We were fortunate to have the ability to lease the Zabo boat.
Going forward, we’re working flat out to repair our primary boat from the crash, and set it up as new.
This weekend, the focus is on setting up the boat for the conditions, and winning the 2019 OPA World Championship.
Scott Colton, GEICO Managing Member gave these thoughts:
This season has had its ups and downs for Miss GEICO.
Englewood provides us an opportunity to finish on a high note.
The format of this championship is two days of back-to-back racing.
Ultimately, the team that performs best, holds their equipment together, and manages the pressure, is crowned OPA World Champion.
Englewood Beach is a nice venue with a welcoming fan base, and we look forward to returning to compete for the championship.
Saturday, November 24th – Races 1 – 4 from 11.00 – 17.00 (All classes)
Sunday, November 25th – Races 1 – 4 from 11.00 – 17.00 (All classes)
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.