With the Offshore Powerboat Association, Powerboat P1 and Race World Offshore as race-producing member-organizations, the American Power Boat Association had no shortage of offshore races to consider sanctioning this season. That subject was among the topics during the organization’s annual meeting last week in Orlando, Fla., and now the APBA competition schedule for the 2022 season is complete.
The eight-race 2022 American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series kicks off May 21-22 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Here’s a quick look at what’s on tap this year:
APBA National Series Races
May 19-22—Cocoa Beach, Fla.
June 4—Lake of the Ozarks., Mo.
July 2-3—Sarasota, Fla.
July 31—St. Clair, Mich.
August 6-7-— Michigan City, Ind.
September 3-4, St. Petersburg, Fla.
September 30-October 2—Clearwater, Fla.
October 8—Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
APBA/Union Internatonale Motonautique World Championships
November 6-13—Key West, Fla.(All catamaran classes)
November 19-20—Englewood Beach, Fla. (All V-bottom classes)
APBA Regional Races
May 15—Ocean City, Md.
June 12—Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
July 10—Eastlake, Ohio
September 10-11—Morehead City, N.C.
World titles in the catamaran classes will be decided at November 6-13 event in Key West, Fla.
For the eight national events, the Offshore Powerboat Association will produce the Lake of the Ozarks, St. Clair, Michigan City and Fort Myers Beach contests. The organization also will produce the Englewood Beach world championship event, as well as all the regional races. Powerboat P1 will produce the Cocoa Beach, Sarasota and St. Petersburg events. Race World Offshore will produce the Clearwater contest and weeklong Key West event.
As noted above, Englewood Beach will be the official site of APBA/UIM World Championships for all V-bottom classes. In 2021 the Southwest Florida venue was home to the APBA/UIM Worlds for the Bracket classes.
The adoption of the Mercury Racing 860 engine as a power option for the Super Cat class was not finalized during the APBA meeting—nor was a decision on a drop-race format, a setup in which teams get to drop their worst result in a given race series.
The Spec and Bracket V-bottom classes will vie for world championship honors in Englewood Beach, Fla.
“The meetings went well,” said Rich Luhrs, the chairman of APBA’s Offshore category. “We resolved a number of things. But we still have a lot of work to do before the season begins.”
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