The producer of the American Power Boat Association/Union International Motonautique World Championships in Key West, Fla., Race World Offshore has inked a three-year deal with Osage Beach, Mo.-headquartered Performance Boat Center as the presenting sponsor of the annual weeklong event. The three-race happening is set for November 7-13 and will crown APBA/UIM world champions in the catamaran classes.
Starting this November, Performance Boat Center will be the presenting sponsor for the Race World Offshore-produced offshore racing world championships in Key West, Fla. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
The news was announced in a press release from Key West-based Race World Offshore this afternoon.
“We are proud to have Performance Boat Center as a part of our team and with us in Key West,” said Larry Bleil, the founder and president of Race World Offshore, in the release. “Mark Waddington and Brett Manire of Performance Boat Center are a good team and we are looking forward to a long relationship.
“The Key West Championship is the world’s marquee offshore powerboat event and we are excited to include Performance Boat Center as part of that,” he added.
With its Spring and Fall fun runs, Cigarette Owners Rendezvous, Outboard Only Fun Run and more, the team at Performance Boat Center also is no stranger to organizing events. The multi-brand dealership, which is the nation’s largest distributor of high-performance offerings from MTI and Sunsation Boats, and has a second location in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also has fielded world champion Super Cat and—more recently—Super Stock teams of its own.
“We are excited for the partnership with Race World Offshore and plan to support them not only for Key West but for all the Race World Offshore-organized events throughout the year as they have shown they are the leader in organizing and executing quality race events,” Waddington said.
Added Manire, “This is like a ‘pinch yourself’ moment for me. I’ve been selling performance boats since I was 19 years old, and now this company I’m part of is the title sponsor for the Key West Worlds.
“For the same reason, reaching all of our customers and potential customers in one venue, we are the presenting sponsor for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout,” he added. “What better way to reach them in Key West than being the presenting sponsor?”
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.