Starting almost a full month earlier than it has in recent years, the offshore racing season is off to a robust start with 65 boats registered for this weekend’s inaugural 7 Mile Offshore Grand Prix in Marathon, Fla. Most teams are either already in town for the Race World Offshore-produced event presented by Performance Boat Center and the M CON Offshore Racing team, the first of five races in the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series, at the Middle Florida Keys venue.
M CON is one of nine Super Cat teams in Marathon, Fla., for this weekend’s 7 Mile Offshore Grand Prix. Photo courtesy M CON Offshore Racing.
“We had a great preregistration and in the last 10 days we got a big push,” said Rodrick Cox of Race World Offshore. “We are excited to be producing the first race of the season, especially with such a strong turnout.”
Of the 65 teams signed up for Sunday’s race, 11 are in the Super Stock class, 10 are in the Mod V category, nine are in the Super Cat ranks and six are registered in the 450R Factory Stock category. The Bracket 700 class has excellent representation with its eight-boat fleet, followed by Bracket 500 with seven boats in the mix and four teams in the Bracket 200 class.
The race pits are open today for spectators to visit until 5 p.m. The 7 Mile Offshore Grand Prix at Aquarium Encounters starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event’s after-party at its Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club host hotel venue.
The last time offshore racing happened in Marathon, Fla., was in 2016 under the Super Boat International umbrella and there were 26 boats in the mix. Photo by Yvonne Aleman copyright speedonthewater.com.
Tomorrow’s first testing session will begin at 9 a.m. and stop at noon to clear the course for competition in the Bracket 200, 300, 400, 600 and 700 classes, which is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Testing will resume at 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. The Saturday night Race World Offshore Sunset Grille Party opens at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by another after-party at the Faro Blanco property, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday’s race schedule is as follows:
9:30 a.m.—Mod V and Bracket 500
11 a.m.—450R Factory Stock and Extreme V
1:30 p.m.—Super Cat
3:30 p.m.—Super Stock
The Marathon dry pits have been filling throughout the day. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Faro Blanco venue, the awards presentation will be followed by another after-party on property.
Viewers can enjoy livestream coverage of the 7 Mile Offshore Grand Prix on the Race World Offshore Facebook page. Speedonthewater.com offshore correspondent Eric Colby and longtime Key West AM/FM sports-talk radio personality Todd Swofford will lead the broadcast. Coverage will begin 20 minutes before each race.
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