As previously posted By Mr. Arruda:
"Aqua Mania is not sold or retired. They want a new MTI, but until some one purchases the old one, they will be running the old dog. Look for them in Clearwater and Key West. They are all booked and ready to battle Geico. "
Are you saying they are trying to sell the Mystic as well as the Skater?
T.Y. Mr. Arruda... the listing for the Skater is still on Yachtworld.com so it was a coin toss if it was just another un-attended listing or the boat's sale just wasn't going anywhere with the economy
I would caution any team gunning for Miss Geico, if she (Miss G) is healthy she is a formidable opponent. Underestimate us at your peril.
Turbine Class, Superboat Unlimited,Extreme... we are all running for Top Dog and right now it's inconsistent for various reasons (health,accidents,cost,luck) so don't make too many assumptions most of the owners didn't get where they are by giving up.
As noted we are a professional race team and may of our competitors are part time. There is a difference in resources applied. That said , again, anyone can be beat.
We view our job as servicing our sponsor, please the fans and be great ambassadors to our sport.
Love us , Hate us...we'll keep doing what we do best.
I agree with 95% of what you are saying - but, don't take away from the fact that we work our a$$e$ off to make the races a great experience for everyone and to bring exposure to turbines and the sport. Regardless of what budget any team might have - it takes experience and hard work to do what we do - it is what it is!
That said...Aqua Mania, Rebel and the rest of you...we look forward to seeing you all again on the water real soon!
I do agree with you 2 fast....and I know things have changed significantly in the Geico camp since JH left the helm last year..
I also believe it is difficult from your perspective to retain high-level sponsors like Geico and others without regular and expensive tv exposure and competition. I all was trying to say was because of the financial backing you had when starting out it is now easier for you to now "ride the wave". Other teams never had the resources you guys did over the last few years and with the economy and persistent friction between the racing organizations it is extremely difficult to get a race together between the turbine teams. While a full schedule of races between the other teams isn't going to happen anytime soon, hopefully one of the teams can gather up enough cash to get to at least one race this year to challenge your reputation as the undisputed turbine class champion. I know you guys would welcome such a showdown and the fans all hope it will eventually happen so we can finally embrace a team who lives up to all the smack-talk going on for the past few years.
Sorry that I'm still a GEICO supporter but your guys need to knock them off their top spot before I'll switch. I hope Miss Mary Mac can hang in there to get the seat time and experience to compete with GEICO. Do they have the money? Turbine class is expensive as you well know.
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