Pier Pressure: Super Boat National Finals Championship Race
Panama City Beach, Fl, September 12, 2008: The Bay Area Sports Association, Inc. in cooperation with Super Boat International Productions, Inc. has announced the final schedule of events for the upcoming 3rd Annual Panama City Beach SBIP/APBA Offshore Super Boat Florida/National Championship Race on October 3, 4, & 5th, 2008. The winning Teams from this SBIP/APBA National Final Race will compete in Key West, Florida at the Super Boat World Championships, November 2 -9, 2008. See www.superboat.com for the most up-to-date schedule of events, Race Team members, Official Offshore Race Course Map and other Race Weekend on Panama City Beach information.
This year’s corporate sponsors are Regions Bank, Pier Park, Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant, Origin at the Towne of Seahaven, Margaritaville and Marina Landing Condominiums. Community partners are The Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce, the City of Panama City Beach, the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sports Marketing and the Downtown Improvement Board’s Oktoberfest.
This year, twenty three (23) Super Boats from all over the United States qualified for the SBIP/APBA Offshore Super Boat Florida/National Championship Race and their boats, their owners and the race teams will be at Race Village, which is being set up in Pier Park East on Panama City Beach. The Championship Race, for the United States National Title, will be run on Sunday, October 5th between the M.B. Miller County Pier at ALF Coleman Road and the City of Panama City Beach Dan Russell City Pier at Pier Park on the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 300 yards offshore. Although both Gulf piers are currently under construction, the construction activity will not interfere with the race or spectator’s viewing. Super Boat speeds of over 150 miles per hour could be reached during the race.
Super Boats will maneuvered the 6 mile rectangular Official Offshore Race Course between the Dan Russell City Pier and the M.B. Miller County Pier, on Sunday, October 5th starting at 12:00 noon, giving land and sea spectators a spectacular view of the high powered machines as they pass back and forth between the two Gulf piers. The Panama City Beach race is the last on the SBIP/APBA Offshore National Race Circuit qualifying Race Teams for the World Championships in Key West, Florida.
Super Boat Racing is not just about sleek, colorful and fast racing machines, but about the thrill seeking men and women who get behind the helm of the offshore Super Boats. Boat length ranges from 24 to 50 feet in length and are powered by automotive or turbine engines up to.4,800 horsepower. The race fans will get to see the nation’s biggest, fastest offshore powerboats and top drivers race toward a National Championship title. Super Boats will be on display during the week at various Regions Bank locations, Pier Park and at the Downtown Improvement Board’s Oktoberfest, October 3rd, Friday evening, in beautiful downtown Panama City.
This year, the Dry Pit Area for these offshore Super Boats will be at Race Village in Pier Park, and will be open FREE to spectators to see the boats and teams up close on Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday, October 3rd: Friday evening the Mayor’s Welcome Party takes place at 7:00 pm at Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant on Front Beach Road and race fans, friends, tourist and locals are encouraged to join Mayor Gayle Obsert, Mayor of the City of Panama City Beach, in officially welcoming the Super Boat Race Teams and their out of town fans to the Beach. The public is invited and no reservations are necessary.
On Saturday, October 4th, the Dry Pit Area at Race Village in Pier Park will be open. The Public is invited to come and see the boats, talk with the Race Team members and view all their high speed equipment that will be on display in Pier Park. Race Village is open FREE to the public. On Saturday afternoon, various Super Boats will be in the water practicing out in the Gulf of Mexico near the east end of the Beach from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. That evening at 7:00 pm the Racer’s Party takes place at Margaritaville at Pier Park and the general public is encouraged to attend to meet and socializing with the Super Boat Racers, the Super Boat Owners, the Race Team Members and their families. Reservations are not necessary.
On Sunday, October 5th the St. Andrews Bay Super Boat Parade begins at 11:00 am on St. Andrews Bay, from the marina at Marina Landing Condominiums, located on the northwest side of the Hathaway Bridge, U.S. Highway 98, and will cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. At 12:00 noon the race begins, the Official Start and Finish Line will be offshore of Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant on Front Beach Road. Super Boats will be racing 300 yards offshore in a 6 mile rectangular course between the County Pier at ALF Coleman Road and the Panama City Beach Pier at Pier Park. All Super Boat races are expected to be completed by 2:00 pm. So come early so that you don’t miss any of the racing action. There will be a SBIP/APBA Offshore Official Awards Ceremony for the Super Boat winning Racers and their Team at 4:00 pm at Sharky’s Seafood Restaurant and the public is invited.
The best FREE spectator viewing for Race Day on Sunday will be from the Beach’s shoreline at Public Beach Accesses # 43 through # 58 along Front Beach Road and FREE parking will be available along 3 miles of Front Beach Road at the M.B. Miller County Pier to Pier Park. Additional spectator viewing will be at various participating Gulf front restaurants, motels and condominiums along Front Beach Road.
In addition to welcoming the general public to view the Race from their establishment, there will be special VIP Spectator Seating on Race Day, Sunday, for all active military, enlisted and officers, and their families at Pier Park’s Gulf front restaurant Margaritaville. Arrive early for the best seats and dining tables.
Offshore viewing the Sunday Race in personal pleasure boats and other charter boats is allowed from a special 3 mile long Offshore Boat Spectator Area, designated south of the Official Offshore Race Course in the Gulf of Mexico about 300 yards offshore between the two piers. See www.superboat.com website for the exact Official Offshore Race Course and Spectator Map.
Super Boats are some of the fastest and largest offshore Powerboats in the world. With a maximum length of 50 feet, F-16 jet canopies and equipped with up to four engines producing more than 4,800 horsepower, the boats can reach record breaking speeds upwards of 200 mph.
Imposing as they may appear, they are finely tuned machines incorporating the most advanced space age technology. They provide the ideal platform for the installation and testing of high speed equipment under some of the most punishing conditions possible.
The boat classes that race in the SBIP/APBA Official Super Boat National Circuit are Super Boat Unlimited, Super Boat Vee Unlimited, Super Boat, Super Cat, Super Vee, Super Boat Vee Limited, Turbine, Super Boat Stock (S), and Manufacture Production: P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5.
The American Power Boat Association (APBA) was founded in 1903 and
is the authority for U.I.M. (Union Internationale Motonautique) approved powerboat racing in the United States. http://www.apba-racing.com
Super Boat International Productions, Inc (SBIP) was founded by John Carbonell in 1991. Carbonell has 32 years in Powerboat promotions and 10 years experience racing powerboats. SBIP holds a ten year license from the APBA Offshore and will host 10 offshore race events in the United States during the 2008 SBIP/APBA Official Super Boat National Racing Circuit. http://www.superboat.com
The Bay Area Sports Association, Inc. (not for profit) (BASA) is a membership association formed by area local businessmen and women whose mission is to encourage, support and promote recreation, amateur, Olympic and professional sports activities within the Greater Panama City area. Such sports activities are to provide for the entertainment and betterment of both residents and visitors to enjoy as participants, observers or fans. The BASA supports local sporting events like the 3rd Annual Panama City Beach SBIP/APBA Super Boat Florida/National Championship Race in order to raise needed money for youth sports in Bay County. A portion of all food and beverage sales on Sunday’s Race Day at participating Panama City Beach restaurants such as Sharky’s and at Pier Park- Margaritaville be donated to BASA. BASA Membership is open to the public. http://www.bayareasportsassociation.org
For more information on this fun weekend, visit www.superboat.com