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Inside SOTW Mag: A Rising Tide—APBA Offshore Championship Series Recap

Here is the only thing you really need to know about the first American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series produced by the Offshore Powerboat Association and Powerboat P1. It worked brilliantly.


In its inaugural season, the American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series lifted the sport to a level not seen since the early 2000s. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Despite all the naysayers, the chronically self-defeating politics of offshore racing and the operational challenges that come with two very different organizations collaborating on a six-race circuit with venues in Florida, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri, it worked. Brilliantly.

OK, so maybe you need—or want—to know a little more than that. But that is the takeaway from the best offshore racing series to hit the water in the past 15 years. And regardless of what happens between the APBA and OPA/P1 organizing team, that is what you need to remember as you read through this season recap.

What follows are the highlights—with one high and one low—from each event.

To enjoy the complete feature, click the download link for the PDF of the September/October 2019 of Speed On The Water magazine, and please share any feedback with us below, via email or on social media.

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