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P1 Offshore And Ocean Cup Adds The Great Race To 2021 Calendar

Along with planning for its second-year Ocean Cup Series event coming to Southern California again in the fall—the Huntington Beach Around Catalina Island endurance race scheduled for October 1 in conjunction with the Pacific Airshow (Oct. 1-3)—the team behind the American Power Boat Association-sanctioned series is excited to announce that Trinidad and Tobago’s “The Great Race,” which is taking place August 21, has been added to the Ocean Cup calendar.

The Ocean Cup’s Huntington Beach Around Catalina Island endurance race is returning to the Southern California coast in early October. Photo courtesy Daren Van Ryte/OC Photographics

In 2018, the Trinidad and Tobago Power Boat Association hosted the Ocean Cup where a new Union Internationale Motonautique world record was established by Joey Sabeeney, Peter Peak, Josh Sabeeney and Daniel Peake in A8 Motul Monster, a Sterling Performance Engines-powered canopied Skater Powerboats catamaran, completing the course in 47 minutes, 43 seconds while averaging 102.27 mph.

“The Great Race is truly a great race—being that it’s celebrating its 53rd anniversary as the longest continuous running offshore race in the world, it exemplifies Ocean Cup’s vision for the sport,” said Janet Wilson, a driving force behind the series and the team manager for the Lucas Oil/SilverHook offshore race team. “Being able to bring a race like the one in Trinidad & Tobago into the fold is exactly what the Ocean Cup needed. The event also is going to be part of the 2022 series. We’ll have some exciting news to announce about that soon as we have several race sites around the world in the works.

“We’re super excited about the series, especially since we’ve partnered with P1 Offshore, which has an expansive global platform between television and other media,” she continued. “We’re planning to keep the series races to 120 miles or less, although we may bring back some of the longer runs in the future.”

Wilson added that she has three teams—and several more that have shown interest—already committed to competing in the second annual Huntington Beach Around Catalina Island race. Having the 112-mile race take place as part of the Pacific Airshow is a big benefit, according to Wilson, given that the airshow, which started in 2016, has grown to become one of the shows in the country by attendance, attracting millions of spectators to Huntington Beach every fall.

Unlike the circuit races, the class structure for the Ocean Cup’s point-to-point, endurance races are solely based upon boat size. Beginning this year, the groupings have been adjusted so that instead of three large classes, there are now five separate length classes—under 30 feet, 30 to 35 feet, 35 to 40 feet, 40 to 45 feet, and longer than 45 feet. 

For more information about Ocean Cup world speed records, visit www.OceanCup.com.

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