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Fort Myers Beach Roar Offshore Event Building Coverage Plans

Tim Hill, the key organizer of Roar Offshore in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., which will be the final stop in the six-race American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series being produced by the Offshore Powerboat Association and Powerboat P1, has been firming up coverage plans for the October 10-12 event in Southwest Florida. To that end, he met with Powerboat P1’s Azam Rangoonwala, a representative from Greenlight Television and—via conference call—OPA head Ed “Smitty” Smith earlier this week.

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Current coverage plans for Roar Offshore include live streams on the Powerboat P1 Facebook page and local Fort Myers Beach/Fort Myers ABC and NBC affiliate websites. Photo from Thunder on Cocoa Beach courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Like all of the APBA series events, the Roar Offshore race will be broadcast live on the Powerboat P1 Facebook page. The Fort Myers Beach contest also will be covered—as the Cocoa Beach, Fla., race has been and the July 7 Sarasota, Fla., race will be—in an hour-long CBS Sports program with air dates to be announced.

Local Fort Myers Beach/Fort Myers ABC and NBC affiliates also will carry the Greenlight-produced live stream broadcasts on their own websites, according to Hill.

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“When Azam was in town, we were able to tour the host hotel,” he said. “The broadcast will have three stationary camera locations and a drone, so I think we’ll have excellent coverage.

“We’re also discussed cross-promoting with Powerboat P1 in advance of our events and Azam had some great ideas, including having raceboats at some of our mixers,” he added.

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