If you’re fortunate enough to be in Key West, Fla., this week for the American Power Boat Association/Union Internationale Motonautique Offshore World Championships, viewing options—from VIP hospitality setups to general spectator admission on the Outer Mole—abound. But for offshore racing fans who can’t make it to Key West, event producer Race World Offshore will broadcast all four races on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on its Facebook page and also is hoping to carry to carry all the action on its website.
If current plans hold, the Super Stock-class teams will compete in the third race on each day. Photo from the 2019 Key West Offshore World Championships by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
For fans who don’t have the option of watching from afar but can listen, The Zone 97.7 FM, which is available nationally through the iHeartRadio app, will carry all the action. Pre-race coverage will begin each morning at 9 a.m. and will continue with wrap-up content such as post-race interviews with the winners in various classes for 30 minutes after each race. Listeners in Key West can enjoy the station’s broadcast in real time and the broadcast will be carried at most restaurants and watering holes in Key West.
Each day will feature four races, including Sunday’s double-points contests, on the three-turn, 4.48-mile course. Here are the scheduled start times—with two starts per race—and classes tentatively set for each race.
11 a.m., Race No. 1: Bracket 300, 400 and 500 in first start and Bracket 600 and 700 in second start.
12:30 p.m.—Race No. 2: Stock V and Mod V in first start and Bracket 100 and 200 in second start.
1:30 p.m.—Race No 3: Super Stock in first start and Factory 450R Stock in second start.
2:30 p.m.—Race No. 4: Unlimited and Class 1 in first start and Supercat in second start.
Class breakdowns by race are subject to change based on several variables including the final number of boats officially registered in each class. Start times also are subject to change based on factors including weather and wildlife on course.
With most teams in town and testing slated for today, the excitement is building for the 2021 APBA/UIM Offshore World Championships this week in Key West, Fla. Photo from Sunday’s raceboat parade on Duval Street by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
A final roster of races by class, as well as the number of laps each class must complete, will be released on Wednesday morning. Updates will be reported on speedonthewater.com as necessary.
Raceboat testing opens today and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.