Spirit of Qatar to Enter Extreme Turbine Class in 2013


by John Sealander  

Miss Geico Driver Marc Granet Welcomes a
Formidable New Competitor: The Spirit of Qatar

When the 2013 Offshore Powerboat Association season begins, the legendary Miss Geico 113 will have some serious new competition. The Qatar Marine Sports Association will be partnering with Mystic Powerboats and Whispering Turbines to build a new extreme/turbine class boat for the 2013 season.

Marc Granet, Miss Geico Superboat DriverMarc Granet, driver of the legendary Miss Geico Superboat, welcomes the competition. “We’re really happy we’ll have a high-speed boat like ours out there again,” said Granet recently.

According to Sheikh Hassan, who leads the Qatar Marine Sports Association team, having another Mystic boat in the extreme/turbine class will raise the level of competition and excitement tremendously. The Mystic has dominated the extreme/turbine class over the past five years and having another Mystic boat as a competitor will make the 2013 season the most exciting in powerboat racing history.

The new Spirit of Qatar, like the famous Miss Geico 113 Mystic, will be powered by a pair of T55-L7C turbine engines, each delivering around 2,900 horsepower. The specially modified Lycoming engines were originally built to power the Chinook helicopter and are perfect for marine racing because they only weigh 700 pounds each.

Edox Miss Geico Superboat

The Miss Geico Superboat has captured an amazing five consecutive World Championships in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, often reaching speeds in excess of 210 miles per hour. Can this amazing winning streak continue with another Mystic competitor? Only time will tell.

Edox Miss Geico Limited Edition Chronograph

Edox Swiss WatchesThose of you who are rooting for the legendary Miss Geico to win this epic competition will want to have the Edox Miss Geico Limited Edition Chronograph on their wrist. This spectacular limited edition chronograph is powered by a precision Swiss made Edox Calibre 103 movement. This 44mm masterpiece features a black, PVD coated 316L stainless steel case that is water resistant to an amazing 3000 feet.

With an exclusive engraved Class-1 powerboat propeller on the screw down caseback and an edition limited to only 113 pieces, this exclusive timepiece is almost as rare as the Mystic powerboat it honors.


To secure a Miss Geico Limited Edition Chronograph for your own collection, contact your authorized Edox dealer immediately and reserve your “113” today.

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Edox Miss Geico Enjoys Highly Successful 2011 Racing Season


by Ivo Jackson

Miss Geico Triple Crown LizardHeralded as one of the fastest powerboats in the world, Miss GEICO Racing dominated the 2011 US offshore powerboat racing season with eight first place victories. The world-renowned 50-foot neon green catamaran is probably the most recognized powerboat in racing today, with a superior team at the helm pushing Miss GEICO, and American offshore powerboat racing, to a new level.

Marc Granet - Scott BegovichOne of the winningest teams in offshore powerboat racing, the Miss GEICO racing team — founded by Yellow Pages heir John Haggin — and piloted by driver Marc Granet and throttleman Scott Begovich, is committed to excellence, and this commitment translates into superior performance in every race. This winning strategy has won myriads of fans to the electrifying Miss GEICO powerboat and racing team.

This year, the Miss GEICO racing team won almost every race in which they competed, with eight total wins including the Super Boat International (SBI) World Championship and the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) World Championship races. The Miss GEICO powerboat racing team are five-time SBI world champions and seven-time OPA world champions. The 2011 racing season didn’t disappoint, with wins throughout and a stellar finish.

The Miss GEICO 2011 Racing Win Record

May 20-22 – SBI Cocoa Beach, Florida – First Place
June 17-19 – OPA Sunny Isles, Florida – First Place
July 1-3 – SBI Sarasota, Florida – First Place
July 29-31 – OPA Saint Clair, Michigan – First Place
September 23-25 – OPA Solomon’s Island, Maryland – First Place
September 30-October 2 – SBI Clearwater, Florida – First Place
October 6-9 – Orange Beach, Alaska (OPA Worlds) – First Place
November 7-13 SBI (SBI Worlds) Key West, Florida – First Place

Edox Miss Geico Racing Limited Edition Chronograph

Edox Swiss WatchesAlso known for precision and superior performance, Edox is the official watch of the Miss GEICO racing team. Made with the finest materials and the most advanced Swiss engineering, Edox high-performance water resistant sports timepieces are popular with both competitors and their fans, and for good reason. The exemplary style and function of Edox watches surpasses all competition, as does the Miss GEICO offshore powerboat and racing team.

Miss Geico No. 113 Edox Miss Geico
Miss Geico 113 Edox Miss Geico

Now, Edox has introduced the Edox Miss Geico Racing Chronograph, limited to only 113 pieces worldwide, with the ambition of capturing the spirit of the Miss Geico offshore powerboat in every respect, from precision to performance.

Edox Mens 10304 37NJ NJ Miss Geico Racing Limited Edition Chronograph Watch


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Edox Miss Geico Forced to Drop Out of Michigan City Race


Edox Miss Geico Michigan City DamageThe violent solo crash of Edox co-sponsored Miss Geico, the well-known turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic catamaran at the August 5-7 Michigan City, Indiana offshore race still has driver Marc Granet and throttleman Scott Begovich at a loss to explain exactly what happened. Granet described the conditions as rough but consistent and said the cat was traveling at 106 mph—a relatively low speed for a boat that runs consistently above 150 mph—when the incident occurred.

“It was like two miles of Sea Ray wakes, one after another,” said Granet. “It was one of oddest, strangest accidents. We weren’t even making power—we were below 80 percent. We were talking over the data with the crew on the radio. Then, one moment we’re looking at the sky, the next we’re looking at the water.”

Although the boat apparently “tripped” and left the water nose high, it did not “stuff” or flip when it landed. According to Begovich, incident happened so quickly and unexpectedly that it caught him and Granet by surprise.

Scott Begovitch“It wasn’t even scary because it happened so fast,” said Begovich. “We’ve put ourselves in much more dangerous positions hundreds of times. The odds finally caught up with us.

“If we’d gone upside down, the damage would have been much worse,” he added. On landing, the cat severely damaged the port side of its bow and blew off an engine hatch. It was left with one engine running.

Marc Granet“The forces were so great,” said Granet. “We have a velocimeter in the boat, and we were pulling two Gs on the way up. The impact was seven or eight Gs.

“It was a reality check of how quickly things can go bad in one of these boats,” he continued. “I mean, this boat is 50 feet long, 13,500 pounds full of fuel when it leaves the dock. It’s a big boat. We’ve done more than 100 races at 150 mph, and here we are on ‘cruise control’ at 106 mph, and look at the damage.”

Miss Geico was brought to Mystic Powerboats in Deland, Florida for repairs, which should take a couple of weeks. Granet and Begovich said they hope to have the boat ready for another exciting Edox Miss Geico Fantasy Adventure at the upcoming Offshore Powerboat Association event that’s scheduled to take place August 26-28 in Long Island, New York.

Edox Miss Geico Sponsorship

Edox Offshore Sport Watch Miss Geico Five Time World Champion Celebration ChronographHosting watch retailers and their customers at Miss Geico events is one of the many ways that Edox is making waves with their sponsorship the Miss Geico offshore powerboat racing team.

Edox is also producing an exclusive yellow and black Miss Geico World Champion Celebration Chronograph in a very limited edition of only 113 pieces, celebrating the famous number on the famous Mystic boat.

Edox Swiss WatchesWherever the Miss Geico team goes, Edox will be there as well. Edox was the first to develop a special race timing system that utilizes both satellite and GPS technology to provide a level of accuracy that was previously unheard of in powerboat racing. The famous watchmaker is now the official timekeeper for the Class-1 World Powerboat Championships as well as the official timekeeper of the FIA World Rally Championship.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Edox Miss Geico Guests Have Time of Their Lives on Full Throttle Boat Ride with Marc Granet


by John Sealander  

Brian Shubot Posing in the Edox Miss Geico CockpitLucky Edox VIP guests got the ride of their life on August 7 when world champion Miss Geico driver Marc Granet took them on an exciting full throttle ride in the Miss Geico Cigarette Boat during the third annual Michigan City Grand Prix.

As the driver of 210 mph Miss Geico Mystic, one of the most successful boats in offshore powerboat racing history, Marc definitely knew how to give his guests the ride of their life. Serendipitously, the Miss Geico Mystic was actually out on the water during the cigarette boat ride, so the guests had a unique opportunity to view and photograph the powerful turbine-powered craft up close.

Miss Geico and Cigarette Boat on Lake Michigan Thrill Edox VIP Guests


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Edox Miss Geico Fantasy Adventure

The cigarette boat ride was all part of an exclusive Edox Miss Geico Fantasy Adventure package for select Edox dealers that included two VIP event passes to the Michigan City Grand Prix, a Lamborghini roadster driving experience and exclusive race souvenirs.

Edox Group Posing on the Miss Geico Cigarette Boat

An Unfortunate Occurrence

Sadly, the Mystic hit a wave the wrong way during the Michigan City event and had to withdraw from the race due to hull damage. The Geico team expects to have Miss Geico Mystic repaired and back in full racing form before the Edox-Miss Geico Long Island race event, August 26-28.

Edox Miss Geico Sponsorship

Edox Offshore Sport Watch Miss Geico Five Time World Champion Celebration ChronographThis exclusive event is just one of the many ways that Edox is making waves with their sponsorship of the Miss Geico offshore powerboat racing team.

Edox is also producing an exclusive yellow and black Miss Geico World Champion Celebration Chronograph in a very limited edition of only 113 pieces, celebrating the famous number on the famous Mystic boat.

Edox Swiss WatchesWherever the Miss Geico team goes, Edox will be there as well. Edox was the first to develop a special race timing system that utilizes both satellite and GPS technology to provide a level of accuracy that was previously unheard of in powerboat racing. The famous watchmaker is now the official timekeeper for the Class-1 World Powerboat Championships as well as the official timekeeper of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Marc Granet and Maria Rinaldi Pose in front of the Miss Geico Mystic

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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