Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Offshore Powerboat Association Racing Returns to Englewood Beach
ENGLEWOOD, FL – The world’s fastest show on the water returns to Englewood Beach on Nov. 19-22 with an action-packed, four-day festival of family-friendly events. With more than 50 world-class teams competing for national and world championships titles, the event is expected to attract thousands of spectators over the course of the weekend.
The Englewood Beach Racefest kicks off at 11 a.m. Thursday along Manasota Key, where the super boat teams will begin testing their watercraft in preparation for the weekend races. Guests can meet the racers, get close to some of the world’s fastest speedboats and enjoy several events over the race weekend. Evening activities include the OPA Racing block party that starts at 5 p.m. and includes a parade with the race teams along Dearborn Street in Englewood.
The festivities continue Nov. 20 at with the OPA National Championship races taking place at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with awards at 7 p.m. The race village will be open all day Friday and Saturday for spectators to view the race boats and interact with the race teams.
Racing action continues on Saturday with timed trials on the Gulf between noon and 4 p.m., offering onlookers a sneak peak of Sunday’s world championship races. The day wraps up with a concert at the Englewood Event Center featuring Keith Anderson at 6 p.m.
The highlight of the weekend’s activities is Sunday’s world championship races, where super boats take to the water traveling at extreme speeds of up to 180 mph on a 2.5 mile liquid track. Spectators are invited to watch the races starting at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. As many as 50 teams will compete in the three races, which can be seen from Englewood Beach, Manasota Key and designated VIP viewing areas.
Race village passports can be purchased at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce or online at englewoodbeachwaterfest.com. Passes include parking, bus transportation to the beach and access to the race village for all four days of the event and are $12 in advance or $15 if purchased after Nov. 19. VIP passes -- including access to the VIP tent with complimentary food and beverages provided -- also are available if purchased in advance. Due to limited access, vehicles will not be allowed to park at the beach. Parking locations with shuttle routes can be found at http://englewoodbeachwaterfest.com/parking-bus-routes/.