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Countdown To Sarasota: Parading A 30-Year Tradition

Yesterday evening’s boat parade officially kicked of the Super Boat International Suncoast Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix. The procession of offshore raceboats and their teams though the streets of the famed Florida city is a longtime tradition for the event, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend.


Envy—new blood in Sarasota. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

Photographer Pete Boden sent great images from last night’s festivities our way, two of which combine to make nice a statement on the continuity of the entire event.

Above you’ll find a shot of Envy, a 50-foot Mystic catamaran making its race event debut in Sarasota. Although the Unlimited-class cat only will run in testing—that’s the plan at present—it’s a new boat at an old race.

Below you’ll find Tarpon Pointe Grill, a 30-foot Stock-class Skater catamaran that has raced in the Sarasota event at least seven times—owner/throttleman Ryan Beckley isn’t exactly certain how many times he’s raced the cat in his hometown event. It’s an old boat at an old race.

tarponpontesarasotaTarpon Pointe Grill—old guard in Sarasota. 

For 30 years, the combination of old and new offshore raceboats have descended on Sarasota of a weekend of racing. It’s a tradition we hope continues for another 30 years.

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