For offshore racing fans, the long wait—sixth months—between the 2021 Race World Offshore-produced world championships in Key West, Fla., and the first race of the 2022 American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series is almost finished. The season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., is just five days away.
Huski is one of six Class 1 teams that will open its 2022 world championship series-chase in Cocoa Beach, Fla., this Sunday. Photo by Cole McGowan copyright Powerboat P1.
But the Thunder On Cocoa Beach event also kicks off the eight-race Union Internationale Motonautique World Championship Series, which will finish in early November with the APBA/UIM Offshore World Championship.
According to a press release from Powerboat P1/P1 Offshore this morning, all eight Class 1 races in the six-venue championship will be broadcast on television nationally on Bally Sports through its family of regional sports networks. In Cocoa Beach, Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Fla., where Powerboat P1 is the race promoter, CBS Sports Network will screen the Class 1 and APBA offshore national championship racing, together with live streaming on the P1 Offshore Facebook page and Powerboat P1 YouTube page.
Television coverage begins next month with highlights of the action from Thunder On Cocoa Beach and will include a Class 1 season-review show airing in December. Livestream coverage of the Cocoa Beach contest will be carried on the P1 Offshore Facebook page, and is scheduled to begin Sunday at 10 a.m.
The potential reach of the Class 1 worldwide broadcast deals this season, according to the release, is more than 230 million homes with coverage on leading sports channels including the UK and Western Europe, Australia, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, the Middle East and South America.
“Powerboat P1 is committed to the long-term development of offshore powerboat racing and quality broadcast television coverage is an essential building block for any successful motorsport,” said Azam Rangoonwala, the chief executive officer of Powerboat P1, in the release. “The power of the internet along with technology means there are a number of platforms available to sports fans via various media methods. Yet, good old-fashioned television is still king, for now anyway.”
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