Scheduled for April 27-28, the Resorts World Bimini Grand Prix has been cancelled. The news was announced in a press release from the Offshore Powerboat Association, which held the race last year for the first time, late yesterday.
OPA competition will not return to Bimini this year. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
According to the release, the event on the small Bahamian island was not financially viable.
“The first-year (2017) event costs exceeded $415,000 of which Resorts World Bimini paid in its entirety,” the release stated. “Because of the complexity of a foreign (Bahamas) based venue and an almost 100 percent U.S. participant and fan/guest base, commercial participants and partners (sponsors) were extremely difficult to attract and involve including the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.”
A replacement venue for the April dates was not announced in the release.