With 62 registered teams, the St. Clair River Classic—the fourth stop in the six-race American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series—will see its largest fleet in recent years for the Michigan contest. The boat races are part of St. Clair Riverfest, a three-day festival that includes free concerts, food, and vendors.
Racing action was intense in the Class One class of racing during the 2019 Sarasota Grand Prix. The 35th annual event was the third race in the newly formed American Powerboat Association Offshore Championship Series. The fourth stop in the series takes place July 26-28 in St. Clair, MI.
Among the Supercat-class raceboats that have turned out for Sunday’s races is the new M-Con Skater Powerboats 438 catamaran; as well as the team’s original 40-foot Skater cat.
According to John Moore from powerboatracingworld.com two of Britain’s most experienced and successful offshore racers will be teaming-up for the first time ever in St. Clair. Both Steve Curtis MBE and Miles Jennings have been competing in offshore since the early 1980’s. We will see them race together in Class One International at the St. Clair Grand Prix.
Team owner/throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Tyson Garvin also practiced in the new catamaran today. When this story went live, Miller and Garvin had not decided which boat the team will run in seven-team Supercat contest.
“We are running the RacePak data now from testing both boats today and trying to make a good decision.” Miller said. “The ultimate issue is that once we change hulls we can’t go back per OPA/APBA rules, and after winning Sarasota it’s a very tough decision.”
Each class with eight teams registered, the Super Stock, Pro Stock Vee Extreme and Class 6 ranks should produce the largest fleets. Other large categories include Class 7 with seven teams registered and Class 5 with six boats registered.
In Class One, Miss GEICO—running a 41-foot Victory catamaran leased from the Zabo team; will square off against 222 Offshore and Victory.
The fourth race in the newly-formed series takes place Sunday, July 28. Races will take place all day Sunday beginning at noon. Miss GEICO competing in the last race of the day.
The St Clair River Classic will be streamed live on the OPA Racing Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OPARacing/