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XINSURANCE Set For Second Year of Powerboat P1 Sponsorship

Leading insurance partner unveils plans for 2023 powerboat racing season in partnership with P1 Offshore and Class 1.

International marine motorsport promoter Powerboat P1 and leading insurance broker XINSURANCE have jointly announced plans for the second year of their three-year partnership. Established more than 40 years ago in Sandy, Utah, and regarded as an industry innovator offering customized specialty liability insurance for businesses and individuals, XINSURANCE is an Official Partner of Powerboat P1 and UIM Class 1 offshore racing.

An exciting element of the sponsorship is that Powerboat P1 is able to use the primary seat in the A-Star XINSURANCE helicopter, designated the Official Broadcast Helicopter, for filming and live streaming at offshore races across the 2023 season. The two partners will cross-promote on all social and digital platforms, and the sponsorship provides XINSURANCE with significant branding and activation opportunities at race events together with significant exposure through Bally Sports and CBS Sports Network television broadcasts.

The XINSURANCE name is familiar to powerboat racing fans, with their logo featuring prominently on the side of the 48-foot MTI purpose-built Class 1 boat raced by Alex Pratt and Miles Jennings that also carries the Good Boy Vodka brand name. In March, XINSURANCE expanded its sponsored offshore racing fleet by announcing that it will be backing the Turk Family Racing team’s two bracket class boats, and last month it unveiled a long-term title sponsorship of the Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City.

XINSURANCE adopts a partnership approach to both its business and sponsorship strategy and has provided coverage for a diverse range of sports, activities, events, and athletes. It focuses on providing solutions for specialty risks, and the partnership with Powerboat delivers a platform for showcasing its commitment to motorsports events. Rick J. Lindsey, President and CEO of XINSURANCE, commented: “This is an exciting time for us to provide support to help build, showcase, and highlight the excitement of P1 Offshore racing that includes the UIM Class 1 World Championship, the pinnacle of the sport. We look forward to working again with the P1 team and coordinators around the country who organize and promote these exhilarating events. We are enjoying our successful relationship with Powerboat P1 in a growing market.”

Powerboat P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala said: “Strategic partnerships play an important role in our business and we will continue to work closely with the XINSURANCE team to help them meet their business objectives. Rick’s passion for, and understanding of, marine motorsports shines through in everything his company does, and the XINSURANCE helicopter certainly makes this a high-flying sponsorship.”

The countdown is underway to next week’s opening Powerboat P1 race event of the season (May 18-21) at Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast.

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The Sarasota Boat Races - Powerboat Grand Prix AND the Suncoast Summer Festival!

Sarasota offshore boat racing powerboat p1 is heading to sarasota later than normal on september 14th - 15th for the next round of the 2024 apba national and uim world championships. around 60 competitors are expected for two days of world-class marine motorsport action., suncoast summer festival june 21 - july 4, 2024, september  offshore racing takes place off lido key september 14 - 15, 2024   best viewing of sarasota boat races is off lido beach suncoast summer festival events schedule below (* event schedules subject to change without prior notice due to event planners, weather, etc.).

The first Sarasota Boat Races, called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, took place in 1984 and have become an annual event for thrill seekers and offshore boat racing enthusiasts. Now called the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. 2024 marks its 40th Anniversary.  More details on the race here.

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Smoke on the Water...off Sarasota's Lido Beach. There's also the Suncoast Summer Festival with a number of fun activities for charities.

Suncoast Summer Festival Events

  • June 21, 2024: Don't miss the 7 th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic at The Meadows Country Club! This iconic golf tournament benefits Suncoast Charities for Children and fills up fast. The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL.
  • June 26, 2024: It's private and by invitation only, the Friendliest Catch Fishing Tournament for the physically and mentally challenged sponsored by Suncoast Charities for Children.
  • June 28 - 29, 2024:   One of the events at the newly named Suncoast Summer Fest , formerly known as the Offshore Racing Festival, is The “Waves & Wheels" Party . Start your holiday weekend off right at the “Disco & Dice” Party on Friday, June 28 at the Sarasota Event Center (600 N. Beneva Rd). Your ticket includes casino-style gaming ($1,000 free play included), two drink tickets, meal voucher, raffles and your favorite disco hits! Be sure to dress in your best Disco outfit and be ready to get groovy as prizes will be awarded to the best outfit and disco moves! The next day drive your car, boat, or motorcycle during our Fun Run where you will roll the dice at the last stop to earn points. The run starts at Marina Jack, with official stops accessible by land or sea, ending at Tarpon Bay where participants will receive a meal voucher. Points will be tallied at the last stop and prizes awarded to the top five winners!
  • July 4, 2024:   Suncoast Summer Festival's Fireworks over Sarasota Bay , Island Park, Bayfront, Marina Jack's Downtown Sarasota, FL. Free. 9 p.m. (Thankfully, because of the gracious support of Marina Jack, the 2024 July 4th Bayfront Fireworks will happen. However, future fireworks in July are in jeopardy. Lana Jackson, Marina Jack’s General Manager, highlights the importance of broader community support to keep this beloved tradition alive for future generations. In 2023, total expenses to safely produce the event totaled $37,700, which included a 20-minute fireworks display. “Before the event in 2023, only $14,000 in public and private sponsorships were secured which would have resulted in a loss to the charity,” said Jackson. “Thanks to an anonymous donor coming forward at the last minute, all the necessary expenses were covered including a donation of $7,000 to Suncoast Charities for Children.)

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September 13, 2024: Part of the Sarasota Offshore Boat Racing Powerboat P1 weekend will be the Pit Party featuring live music, food and power boats on display for the general public. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall parking lot, 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL  Sarasota, FL. 

The Need for speed… The real stars of the Suncoast Race, of course, are the offshore racing boats, some of which reach speeds of over 100 mph on the straight-aways of this six and a half mile long race course off Lido Key Beach .

This Offshore Boat Racing Spectacle is absolutely free to attend and open to the public...you won't find any ticket sellers and ticket takers here!

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There has even been a "Miss Super Boat Grand Prix” Bikini Contest as part of the Grand Prix Fan Fest in the past. The contest has been an "on again, off again" event with the festival and may return in the future. We keep the page on line as a tribute to the past with hopes that it returns in the future.

The Sarasota Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix Boat Races, now moved to September. and the Suncoast Summer Festival, when held together were two one of the biggest and most high profile annual events on my Sarasota Events Calendar .

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Feel the Power... And while offshore boat racing is underway it seems there is another race going on overhead, as numerous helicopters swoop over the offshore racing boats, keeping a watchful eye out for marine animals, as well as an eye on the boats and drivers, with emergency divers and medical staff aboard the copters for quick medical response in case of a mishap on the water.

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A view to a thrill… The best place to view the sites of the Sarasota Boat Races, The Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, is from Lido Key Beach, as the race course runs from New Pass (north of Lido Key/south of Longboat Key) to Big Pass (south of Lido Key/north of Siesta Key). Lined up along Lido Public Beach, you’ll be able to see every bit of offshore power boat racing at it’s finest.

Offshore powerboat racing off Sarasota Florida

Hear the Roar... Offshore power boat racing is an awesome spectacle to witness and the Sarasota Boat Races can attract crowds numbering 50,000 along Lido Beach. While crowds may be large (as well as enthusiastically estimated!) it is spread out, friendly and quite comfortable, especially in the 90-plus degree heat. And with the water right in front of you, many spectators choose to kill two birds with one stone by staying cool in the water while watching the offshore races from…offshore!

Offshore boat racing fans

It’s a festive atmosphere up and down Lido Beach from as early as 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. when the most die-hard of the fans arrive early for good parking spots and to stake out their position on the beach for what they think will be the best vantage point to see the offshore racing boats. 

Offshore racing on Lido Key Beach Florida

But, despite the crowds, there are plenty of places on the beach or in the water from which to get a  great  view of the race.

The beach is filled with brightly colored umbrellas and picnic shades, along with offshore boat racing fans that bring grills that fill the beach side with the aromas of hamburgers, hot dogs and other barbecue grilled treats.

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Here's a short video about the Sarasota Boat Races:

(Speakers on!)

It all resembles a giant tailgate style party with friendly fans, food, fun and the fastest offshore racing boats on water!

Offshore racing fans on Lido Beach

Tips: While parking along Ben Franklin Drive (the beach side street) and at the Lido Beach Public parking lot fills up early and fast, there is still plenty of parking at the free lots around St. Armand’s circle. And it's a close enough walk to the Sarasota Boat Races on Lido Key Beach. If you do park at one of St. Armand’s free parking lots, be prepared for a walk to the beach, and at the end of June/early July it can be a really hot walk, although it’s only a few blocks.

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Alternate Idea: (The first year I attended the Sarasota Boat Races a friend and I put our two bikes on a bike carrier on his SUV, parked on the other side of St. Armand's Circle and bicycled to the beach. But we traveled lightly, without coolers and conveniences! Although one could always ride with a backpack on or carry a small portable cooler along.)

More Tips: Bring a cooler (on wheels, if you’ll be walking a few blocks) with food and drinks, a sun umbrella and beach chairs, lots of sunscreen and a hat to protect your head and face from the sun’s direct rays and a camera and/or binoculars so you can get an even better view of the Suncoast offshore racers. Clothing: Wear light-weight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothes or a swimsuit and t-shirt.

Remember: this is Florida in late June and early July. It’s sunny. It’s hot. I’ve seen reports of peoples’ hair catching on fire, although I’ve been unable to personally confirm those reports! Take appropriate precautions for you and your family as far as the heat and sun go.

Offshore boat racing off Lido Key Beach

By the way, over the years, proceeds from the Sarasota Boat Races Offshore Racing Grand Prix Festival have provided over $20 million dollars for the construction of facilities serving physically and mentally challenged individuals. That’s a good thing!

More on the Sarasota P1 Offshore Grand Prix

More on the Suncoast Summer Fest.

Offshore racing fans off Lido Beach Florida

Directions: To get to Lido Key Beach from Sarasota take Rt. 41 through the bay front/downtown area to the John Ringling Bridge. Go over the bridge (southwest) to St. Armand’s Circle and bear to the left around the Circle (west) toward Lido Key Beach. Turn left (south) on to Ben Franklin Drive and look for parking spots on the street or at the Lido Key Beach public parking lot, south on Ben Franklin Drive. If no parking is available, double back to St. Armand’s Key and look for free parking lots around the rear of the shops on St Armand’s Circle (look for the free parking signs around the Circle).

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The Guardians Of Last Resort—Inside The APBA Rescue Team

Few current offshore powerboat racers have the winning track record of Steve Curtis, a multi-time Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 world champion now throttling the Huski Ice Spritz raceboat with alternating drivers Brit Lilly and Travis Pastrana. In 2022, Curtis clinched the Class 1 world title with Pastrana. More recently, he and Lilly took top honors at the 2023 Class 1 season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

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Led by Shawn Steinert and JR Anderson, the APBA rescue team can mean the difference between life and death following an incident on the racecourse. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix .

But his hard-charging style has landed him another distinction. Few if any racers in the history of the sport have found themselves upside-down in a raceboat as many times as Curtis. Most recently, that happened with the Victory team boat he was throttling in Key West, Fla., during the 2018 Super Boat International-produced Offshore World Championship.

And though he’s never needed help getting out of an overturned boat, he’s always been comforted to know help is available.

“I’ve always managed to get myself out of the boat whether it be an open boat or a canopy boat,” Curtis explained. “To be honest, I have always believed that the boat should be strong enough to allow you to survive the accident and stay conscious. Then you can look after yourself and crew. I think that comes from the old days when the courses were a lot longer so you couldn’t have that many divers or rescue boats.

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One of the winningest throttlemen in offshore racing history, Steve Curtis (far right) has been in more than a few roll-over incidents during the years.

“That said, it’s very reassuring to know that the rescue teams are out there ready to help you out should you have a problem,” he added. “They do a hell of a good job and have saved many lives.”

Today in American Power Boat Association -sanctioned races, that job falls to a safety team led by Florida-based rescue coordinator Shawn Steinert, head safety inspector JR Anderson, lead rescue diver and rescue team supervisor Artie Gatlin and safety resource coordinator Dakota Alexander. All told, the team has 25 highly qualified rescue divers.

“These guys are the best of the best,” Steinert said.

The Fundamentals Of Life Or Death Imagine yourself blissfully ignoring the posted speed limit and tooling down the interstate at a cool 100 mph. A pickup truck a few hundred yards ahead of you suddenly spills lumber in the road. You swerve to avoid it and your car rolls. Injured or not, you find yourself upside-down and hanging from your seat belt as your vehicle comes to rest in a pond.

Now, imagine your car filling with water. It may happen immediately or it may take a minute, but fill it will. Regardless, you need to get out to survive.

That is the scenario offshore racers face when they overturn in their canopied raceboats. Their five-point harnesses, by design, hold them firmly in place. As water enters the cockpit, they have to access their onboard air systems (tanks and regulators) and wait for the cockpit to fill with water to equalize the pressure so they can release from their harnesses and any other impediments (steering wheel for the driver, for example), and escape through either top or—or in the case of most canopied catamarans— bottom escape hatches.

All of this and more has to happen seamlessly after a violent and disorienting moment. But almost nothing about life is seamless. Some folks perform better under stress than others. Racers knocked unconscious don’t even get the chance to put their self-extraction skills, learned through the APBA safety team’s dunker simulator, to the test.

“Some guys are super-calm, some guys can’t out of there fast enough,” said Steinert.

Regardless of how they perform in the dunker, when racers are struggling to exit under their own power during race for the rescue crew becomes a literal lifesaver. And it has to happen quickly, which is why the APBA rescue team has divers in a helicopter and in rescue boats on the courses that can be as long as seven miles nowadays.

“We pride ourselves on our response time, meaning how long it takes us to make contact with the racers in a boat that’s had an accident,” said Steinert, who rides in the rescue helicopter’s co-pilot seat. “We are running sub-30 seconds on average.

“We deploy two helicopter rescue divers on every ‘boat over’ incident unless I see helmets exiting the escape hatch,” he continued. “It is critical to not hold rescue resources back until both racers are on the surface. Time is not on our side during these incidents—that’s one reason they are required to have experience working in high-hazard and high-stress environments.”

Of course, roll-overs aren’t the only potentially lethal incidents in offshore. Collisions also can be deadly and require qualified divers acting immediately and professionally for the best outcome.

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The APBA rescue team has to be ready to deal with all kinds of accidents on the racecourse.

Tickets To Rescue Admission Gone are the unforgivable days when getting a gig as an offshore racing rescue diver meant knowing someone at the safety management level and being the new hotshot at your local dive shop. Just to get considered to make the APBA rescue team, you need to be a certified paramedic or emergency medical technician with a rescue-diver “or above” certification from PADI or NAUI (the two primary organizations that provide Scuba certifications). A background in public safety is also required.

“Most of our guys are either current or retired firefighters,” Steinert said. “We also have two Air Force para-rescue team members. They are both pretty amazing dudes and are trained-to-the-gills paramedics.”

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Because hatch latching systems can differ from raceboat to race, rescue team divers need to be familiar with all of them.

That the APBA rescue team members practice and train using the organization’s dunker, a device that simulates rolling over and escaping from a raceboat in a controlled, swimming-pool environment, makes perfect sense. Less obvious but equally important are raceboat inspections at every race, which not only help identify potential areas of safety concern but familiarize the divers with various exit-hatch latch systems and cockpit layouts.

“We hold racers accountable for their raceboats,” Anderson explained. “There are no ‘mulligans’ if you don’t have something you need. The boats need to be race-ready when they show up. I’m not trying to be a jerk, but if you are willing to spend $10,000 on a propeller you probably should be willing to put a little nonskid on your boat so the rescue divers don’t fall off.

“Nothing at all against the older, veteran racers, but the ‘younger guys’ seem a bit more open and receptive to our requirements and suggestions for making a boat safer to race,” he continued. “I never get any pushback from them—they want to be safe. It’s a breath of fresh air for me.”

The Path To The Present Both Steinert and Anderson have been working in rescue operations for more than 20 years. The director of the APBA Rescue Committee and a member of the organization’s safety committee, Steinert retired from the Orlando Fire Department Special Operations in 2016. During his 27-year career, he became the department’s rescue team commander and special operations instructor. In addition to working for Super Boat International, he became a private rescue diver for the Miss GEICO offshore racing team under offshore racing safety legend David D. Petrillo, who had introduced him to the offshore-racing rescue-diving world.

Like Steinert, Anderson worked with Super Boat International and was a private diver for the Miss GEICO team. His resume includes work as a firefighter and paramedic for the Orange Beach Fire Department Marine Division and a critical-care flight medic for Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Anderson is the current director of the APBA Offshore Safety Committee.

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Though they are not all captured here, the 2023 APBA rescue team includes Shawn Steinert, JR Anderson, Artie Gatlin, Dakota Alexander, Brad Myers, Brian Hiatt, Chris Demaagd, Corey Philman, Daniel Epperson, Daniell Allis, David McDonald, Devon Walsh, Jeff E-Khaladi, Jeremy White, Korey Steinert, Matthew Sausaman, Michael Osborn, Mike Sanchez, Pete Cordero, RJ Casey, Ryan Adams, Vidal Lazo and Yousell Garcia.

Steinert and Anderson also worked as rescue divers for the short-lived Offshore Super Series group in the mid-2000s.

In 2011, Joey Gratton died during the 2011 Super Boat International Key West World Championships. The popular racer from Sarasota, Fla., survived a rollover crash. But he didn’t survive the extraction .

Though working for the SBI rescue team at the time as a diver, Steinert wasn’t on the job that day. Anderson was—but as a private diver for the Miss GEICO team. Both men were horrified and transformed by the Gratton outcome.

“That was a turning point for me,” Steinert said. “I knew there had to be a better way. The stakes were too high.

Anderson agreed.

“The danger is obvious and the safety level didn’t match the level of danger in offshore racing,” he explained. “We made it our personal goal to change the industry. We saw it as an opportunity. You can’t have people on the water in rescue who aren’t qualified .

“We faced opposition, even up to last year,” he continued. “People didn’t think having a certified EMT or paramedic was important. People didn’t think having a background in public safety was important. But we stuck to our guns.”

Added Steinert, “We stayed true to ourselves and things worked out.”

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For the rescue divers as well as the racers, dunker training is essential.

Both Anderson and Steinert credited Race World Offshore president Larry Bleil and Powerboat P1 chief executive officer Azam Rangoonwala, as well as APBA Offshore Racing commission chairman Rich Luhrs and APBA chief referee Mark Austin for supporting their efforts.

“We could not do this without Larry and his group at Race World Offshore and Azam and Michelle Petro at Powerboat P1,” Steinert said. “This is not an inexpensive thing, getting 18 or so rescue professionals to a race. But you get what you pay for, and these guys are the best.”

Anderson put it plainly. “How much is someone’s life worth?” he said. “I cannot say enough good things about Larry, Azam and Michelle.”

Race Day Nuts And Bolts On any given APBA race day, the rescue crew will have a minimum of 15 rescue divers. That became standard in 2022.

Three of those divers will be overhead in a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter most often piloted by Darliss O’Brien of O’Brien Helicopters, who has extensive experience flying offshore racing safety teams. The remaining 12 divers are divided into six two-man teams in rescue boats with lifesaving equipment and extraction tools below. (The team also has a minimum of two victim-transport boats at each race.)

“There is always one helicopter with three divers,” Steinert said. “But on the longer courses, we have as many as 18 divers on the course.”

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At every APBA, there is one helicopter carrying three rescue divers and no less than 12 rescue divers in boats on the course.

Steinert, as noted above, always takes the front seat of the aircraft—his fellow divers ride behind him. His primary role is spotting situations where trouble is likely to occur, and during the years he’s learned to predict them.

“I’m not usually ‘focused’ on the leaders,” he said. “I am always scanning the course and the fleet and looking for racing in tight quarters, because that’s where a lot of the accidents happen. I base a lot on experience and intuition.”

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While in the air, Steinert focuses on tight competition leading into choke-points, such as turn No. 1 in Key West, on the race course .

And there is the race-day morning “physical,” somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek euphemism for blood-alcohol testing via breathalyzer, that all would-be racers must pass. The inglorious side of the sport’s class is littered with racers who couldn’t pass the test. But that’s not all the APBA safety crew is looking for.

“If we see any signs of impairment (regardless of blood-alcohol test results) during our morning evaluation we are going to at the very least have a discussion with that individual,” Anderson said.

Bringing Confidence To Constituents The defending APBA national champion in the Super Stock ranks, Reese Langheim of the Jackhammer team has found himself upside-down in a raceboat five times since he entered the sport in 2018. So far this season, he and his new-for-2023, full-time Jackhammer throttleman Julian Maldonado—the son of former Jackhammer throttleman Ricky Maldonado—have kept their 32-foot Victory raceboat sunny side up on their way to a win in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in May and a second-place finish in Sarasota, Fla., earlier this month.

Though he’s never needed help exiting an overturned raceboat, Langheim and his family are grateful to know it’s close by.

“Every time I’ve gotten out, they’ve usually been right on top of me,” he said. “They are fast . They know what they’re doing. I feel like I can race hard knowing I have good safety people overhead. If I don’t feel comfortable with the safety team, I absolutely do not race as hard.”

“There’s nothing better than having the right people in the right places,” he added, then chuckled.

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Said Langheim, “If I don’t feel comfortable with the safety team, I absolutely do not race as hard.”

Next up for the APBA rescue team is the Mercury Racing Midwest Challenge in mid-August in Sheboygan, Wis. Then they will head to the Powerboat P1-produced St. Petersburg Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., September 1-3, and the September 22-24 Race World Offshore Clearwater ‘Nationals in Clearwater, Fla.

From there, they will trek to Key West, Fla., November 5-12, for the Race World Offshore-produced APBA World Championships, which in a way is where their journey to present really began.

The owner and driver of the Class 1 Monster Energy/M CON and Super Cat M CON/Monster Energy teams, Tyler Miller, will be in the mix at the remainder of the regular-season APBA races this season, as well as in Key West for the World Championships. Like Curtis and Langheim, he knows the value of the current APBA rescue team. And he couldn’t be more grateful for them.

“To have familiar faces that we see race after race is very comforting,” Miller said. “It definitely makes you push with everything you have and to the limits—and sometimes beyond—knowing that if things go bad they have your back and you’re going home to your family.”

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In any offshore race, the most important thing is for competitors to make it home to their families—even if they have an accident.

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Bone Island Helicopters in Key West offers a variety of helicopter tours, each providing a unique aerial perspective of the region's stunning landscapes and rich history. Their tours range from a brief 10-minute Key West Island Tour for $99 per person, to more extensive experiences like the 40-minute Marquesas Tour at $359 per person. The 30-minute Back Country Tour, priced at $259, explores the lush mangroves and pristine landscapes of the Back Country. For those seeking to witness the renowned Key West sunset from the skies, the 30-minute Sunset Tour is available for $279. Additionally, the Offshore Championship Tour, a special 45-minute flight for $2000 for two, caters to fans of offshore powerboat racing. Conducted in the safe and speedy Robinson R44 helicopter, "Papa Unicorn," and piloted by the experienced Dave, a US Army veteran, these tours offer a blend of excitement, safety, and scenic beauty, making them a must-try for visitors and locals alike​​​​​​.

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Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world and has a long term commitment to growing and developing the sport of power boating at all levels. The Powerboat P1 team works closely with the sport’s governing bodies, the UIM, APBA and the IJSBA. P1 has delivered more than 85 world championship events in over twelve different countries for more than a decade.

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Drew Langdon (l) and Miles Jenning (r) of Silverline after win in 2023

Drew Langdon (l) and Miles Jenning (r) of Silverline after win in 2023

Thu jun 27 2024, cowes torquay cowes race takes on a new look.

  • Newly-named Cowes Powerboat Festival to feature three races over August Bank Holiday weekend
  • British Powerboat Racing Club in new partnership with Powerboat P1 to grow the event
  • World-famous tourism destination Experience Kissimmee becomes presenting sponsor

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We are delighted to be working with Powerboat P1 and Experience Kissimmee this year for the running of the longest, toughest and most famous offshore powerboat race in the world. The team at P1 brings a wealth of top-level racing experience. Following tradition, the newly-named Cowes Powerboat Festival will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend in late August and this year will see three races staged over two days. The BPRC, Powerboat P1 and Experience Kissimmee very much look forward to welcoming all competitors and spectators to the ultimate in powerboating activity. Christian Toll British Powerboat Racing Club, Vice Chairman

It’s always been a big part of my life and my father won the race in 1969. To have the race back under the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) banner and partnering with P1 is a great move and exciting for powerboat racing in the UK. Remember that this is the most famous marathon race in the world – it’s been running every year since 1961. Racing fans can now follow it on social media from anywhere in the world and we are planning on building the event into a true spectacle over the next few years. The hard work has already started. Steve Curtis MBE British Powerboat Racing Club, President

Powerboat P1 promotes the UIM Class 1 World Championship and one of Steve’s Class 1 racing colleagues in the United States is 29-year-old Alex Pratt from Florida. Alex travelled to England last year to compete in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race with his English friend Rob Lockyer and he will return in August. “I’m very happy to see P1 partnering with the BPRC, said Alex. “They do an outstanding job and we as racers truly appreciate their role in the sport. I will be back on the island to compete in the Good Boy Vodka boat and I’m hugely optimistic about our chances!”

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