NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies on the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 27, at Kiana Lodge in Suquamish. Social hour begins at noon with the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available by reservation at kitsapathleticroundtable.org. Biographies were written by members of the HOF Committee.
Kyler Talbot, the owner and driver of the Talbot Excavating Offshore Racing Team, was a three-time Superboat Stock champion. He claimed the 2010, 2013 and 2015 titles at the Offshore World Championships in Key West, Florida.
The 1986 Central Kitsap High School graduate grew up with a love of high-performance pleasure boats and he’d often race in local poker runs. In 1997 he started making yearly treks to Key West as an offshore fan. In 2009 he decided to give offshore racing a try, so he bought a boat. Talbot’s first race was at the World Championships that year where the novice driver placed fifth.
Soon the Silverdale racer was at the top of his class in the world of offshore powerboat racing. In 2010, he partnered with throttleman Joey Gratton of Sarasota, Florida. He took home his first World Championship just one year after his first race. Gratton died in a racing accident during the 2011 championships.
Talbot then partnered with throttleman Jay Muller of New Jersey. They went on to win World Championships in 2013 and 2015 driving a new 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran powered by twin 280-horsepower motors.
Talbot, 48, died in late July 2017 from a head injury sustained in a fall in his home.