If you’ve ever attended a local air and sea show, you’ve likely spotted Miss Geico, a 50-foot racing boat awash in lime green and blue powering through the ocean. It’s the unofficial mascot of the famous insurance company known for its cute gecko and consists of the world’s largest offshore racing team. Since its inception in 2004, Miss Geico has achieved 11 world titles and won more than 100 races. The 12-member crew recently moved its headquarters to Stuart. Here, we catch up with managing member Scott Colton.
Tell us about the team’s racing schedule.
The team begins to prepare each year in December. From January to April, we participate in more than 20 national boat shows. In May, we begin offshore racing, and we end with the world championships in November. We also participate in national air shows throughout the year.
Where will the team be traveling this month?
In September, we will be participating in St. Petersburg over Labor Day weekend, followed by Morehead City, North Carolina September 10-12, and concluding the month in Clearwater.
Is it true that there will be a replica of Miss Geico at the Smithsonian?
Yes, we were approached by the Smithsonian Institution to create a model Miss Geico for their Speed exhibit. They wanted Miss Geico because we are the most recognizable racing boat in the world. The exhibit was supposed to be unveiled in 2021, but because of COVID, the debut has been postponed until 2022. Our crew chief, Gary Stray, built the replica.