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Race World Offshore-Produced Key West Worlds Still On

Though Key West, Fla., experienced some flooding during Hurricane Ian as it made its to landfall in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., a little more than a week ago, the American Power Boat Association/Union Internationale Motonautique Offshore World Championships produced by Race World Offshore are still on track for November 6-13. Cancelation rumors swirling on social media are incorrect, but they’ve led to a few phone calls and emails to Larry Bleil, the founder of the Key West-based APBA member-organization.

Despite speculation on social media in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the Race World Offshore-produced APBA Offshore World Championships are still on for November 6-13 in Key West, Fla. Photo from the 2022 Clearwater ‘Nationals’ by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“Key West saw a lot of hotel and home flooding from Hurricane Ian on the island near its southernmost point,” Bleil said. “It was surprisingly bad but, of course, nothing like some of the others we’ve endured.”

Key West sports radio broadcaster Todd Swofford, who with fellow sports-radio man Rick Lopez will be broadcasting live on November 10 at the Sandbar Sports Grill at 511 Greene Street from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the Speed On The Water Key West Bash presented by CMR Construction and Roofing takes over the venue, agreed.

“There was some flooding in low-lying areas and it was really sad to see some of the damage,” Swofford said. “But in Key West proper, it’s business as usual.”

Added Bleil, “The offshore world championship races are on as scheduled. The city is ready and we’re expecting a great turnout.”

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