Thousands of offshore racing fans, curious locals and wide-eyed tourists just fortunate enough to be in Fort Myers Beach this weekend lined the streets of the Southwest Florida waterfront city for last night’s Roar Offshore Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade. Primary organizer Tim Hill and his team included the parade in their first-year event in 2019, and it was such a hit with the crowd that they knew they had to bring it back in advance of tomorrow’s races.
Offshore racing community members (from left) Christy Wright, Danielle Diorio and Jordan Gumm joined the fun during last night’s Roar Offshore Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
At present, 50 teams have registered for the event, many of which were represented on the decks of their boats—along with family and friends—as they rolled over the bridge leading into downtown Fort Myers Beach last night. And as you can see from the images in the slideshow below, the party was on.
For fans who want to catch raceboats on the water today, testing runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Fort Myers Beach Pier is the perfect spot to catch all the action. Come Saturday morning, that prime viewing perch will be packed with spectators—as will the adjacent beaches and hotels.
Last night’s Roar Offshore Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade kicked off the final weekend of the 2021 APBA Offshore National Championship series in good-time style.
As it was in 2019, Roar Offshore Fort Myers Beach is the final event in the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series, which began six months ago in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Here’s a quick look at the current race schedule from the P1 Offshore website:
Race No. 1—10:30 a.m.
All Bracket Classes
Race No. 2—12 p.m.
Race No. 3—1:30 p.m.
Stock V and Pro V
Race No. 4—3 p.m.
Supercat, Class 1, Factory 450R Stock, Vee Extreme
Please note that race schedules are prone to change. The event will be broadcast live on the P1 Offshore Facebook page. Coverage will begin shortly before the first race.
For key Roar Offshore Fort Myers Offshore organizers Tim and Cyndee Hill, the weekend’s fun is just beginning.
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