Having been to Bimini a couple of times—once for the introduction of Formula’s stepped-hull sportboat line in 1997 and again for a new Sea-Doo watercraft model release a few years later—I am disappointed I won’t be there this weekend for the first Offshore Powerboat Association Resorts World Bimini race. But a whole mess of less sexy duties, most notably publishing the March/April issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine that went live yesterday with my colleague Jason Johnson, getting ready to head to Desert Storm next weekend and working out coverage for the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run, called.
This weekend’s offshore race and a powerboat rally should make for big-time fun on a tiny Bahamian island just 50 miles east of Miami. Photo courtesy Resorts World Bimini.
But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
So as he did throughout the 2016 OPA season, offshore racer Johnny Saris is going to provide coverage of the Bimini event for speedonthewater.com. He’ll be joined by Pete Boden, our chief photographer, who’s actually at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today shooting the departure of the 30-boat Chesapeake Bay Powerboat Club fleet heading to Bimini for the weekend. Once the boats are gone, Boden will have to rush (we’ve seen him drive so we know he can) to catch his flight to the island.
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