Powerboats to Shred Panama City Beach

by September 17, 2008 • 0 comments

We asked for cool events, and we’re getting them.  Actually, this has been here before, and I (for some reason) was unable to make it.  I’ll be there this year, giving you as much coverage as possible.  This is one of the things that makes our area SWEET!  Who doesn’t like ridiculous power mated with lightweight boats that sometimes fly out of the water traveling 200 mph?  Press release below:

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (September 16, 2008) – The tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico make way for high-speed adventure for the nation’s largest powerboat race.  Catch the 2008 Super Boat National and Florida Championship Race, Fri., Oct. 3 – Sun., Oct. 5, in Panama City Beach, Fla.  You’ll see the biggest, fastest powerboats and top drivers in the U.S. race to claim the National Championship title.

This premier super boat event draws the 23 leading teams across the country for a six-mile race through emerald-green seas at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.  With boat parades, awards, parties and more, it’s an action-packed weekend for the entire family.

The Super Boat National and Florida Championship Race is the culmination of the Super Boat Grand Prix national series. Winning teams will compete for the international title in the Super Boat World Championships, Nov. 2 – 9, 2008, in Key West, Fla.

The Super Boat Grand Prix is sanctioned by Super Boat International Productions, Inc., as the leading series in the extreme sport of professional powerboat racing.  Now in its 18th year, the Grand Prix attracts top-ranking competitors and enthusiasts across the country for 10 events along America’s East Coast, from Miami Beach to the Hudson River.

In Panama City Beach, the National and Florida Championship Race promises to get the heart pumping during three days of high-speed fun (see schedule below for days, times and locations).  Land lovers will enjoy plenty of onshore action.  Take an up-close look at some of the world’s fastest and largest powerboats, and meet their owners and racing teams in the Dry Pit Area of the Race Village, located in Pier Park on Front Beach Road in the center of town. The Mayor’s Welcome Party kicks off the event festivities, Fri. 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, all competition boats will begin the entry into the water starting at 11:00 a.m. from the marina at Marina Landing Condominiums on the northwest side of St. Andrews Bay and cruises out to the Gulf of Mexico.

On Sunday, spectators line the pristine shoreline of Panama City Beach for prime viewing of the main racing events, starting at 12:00 noon.  Competitors will maneuver the six-mile rectangular Official Offshore Race Course between the Dan Russell City Pier and the M.B. Miller County Pier. During the event, the 50-foot Super Boats slice across the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, propelled by up to four engines that allow them to reach speeds upwards of 200 miles per hour in less than a minute.  The winners of each race will go on to compete for the international title in the world’s largest powerboat race, the 2007 World Championship Race.

The 2008 Super Boat National and Florida Championship Race event is presented by the Bay Area Sports Association, Inc. (BASA). A collaboration of local community and corporate partnerships, the not-for-profit organization was established to encourage, support and promote recreational, amateur, Olympic and professional sports activities within the Greater Panama City area.  BASA also supports charitable initiatives through local events to raise funds for youth sports in Bay County.  In line with this mission, participating Panama City Beach restaurants will donate ten percent of all food and beverage sales on Sunday’s Race Day to the association.

A full schedule of Super Boat National and Florida Championship Race activities can be found online at www.superboat.com and as listed below:

Panama City Beach Event Schedule
Friday, October 3, 2008
• 9:00am – 5:00pm – Registration/Information at Race Village, Pier Park East
• 7:00pm – Mayor’s Welcome Party at Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant, Front Beach Road

Saturday, October 4, 2008
• 9:00am – Mandatory Drivers’ Meeting at Pier Park East
• 10:00am – 5:00pm – Registration/Information at Race Village, Pier Park East
• 9:00am – 5:00pm – Dry Pits at Pier Park East
• 10:00am – 5:00pm – Testing & Launching, location TBA
• 10:00am – 5:00pm – Practice runs on official offshore course, Front Beach Road between County Pier and City Pier
• 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Racers’ Party at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, Pier Park

Sunday, October 5, 2008
• 7:30am – 8:30am – Physicals: Pier Park East
• 8:00am – 5:00pm – Launching/ Recovery, location TBA
• 9:00am – Mandatory Drivers’ Meeting at Pier Park East
• 10:00am – Pilots Briefing at Panama City – Bay County International Airport
• 11:00am – Wet Pits.  All boats will enter the water at Marina Landing Condominiums on Northwest side of Hathaway Bridge/U.S. Hwy 98, St. Andrews Bay.
• 12:00pm – Start of Race, start and finish line at Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant, Front Beach Road
• 5:00pm – Awards Ceremony at Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant, Front Beach Road

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