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Sarasota Grand Prix Festival Announces $70,000-Plus In Prize Payouts

Sanctioned for the first time this year by the Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix organization, the Sarasota Grand Prix Festival July 4-5 has announced the payout figures for the various classes offered in the annual Florida event. The total prize purse to be distributed in seven classes is $71,000, according to the release a press release from the event’s organizers. The basic titles and specifications for each class, as well entry fees, were also announced. The breakdown is:

Extreme—Prize Payout $12,000
1st Place-$6,000
2nd Place-$3,000
3rd Place-$2,000
4th Place-$1,000
Entry Fee-$1,200
(Specs: Catamarans or V-bottoms with unlimited horsepower including piston and turbine engines.)

Super Cat—Prize Payout $12,000
1st Place-$6,000
2nd Place-$3,000
3rd Place-$2,000
4th Place-$1,000
Entry Fee-$1,100
(Specs: Canopied catamarans 36-40 feet in length limited to 525 Mercury spec. class 750 engines—525-powered boats will get a handicap lap.

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The Super Cat class will include catamarans with twin 525- and 750-hp engines. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Super Vee— Prize Payout $12,000
1st Place-$6,000
2nd Place-$3,000
3rd Place-$2,000
4th Place-$1,000
Entry Fee-$1,000
(Specs: Canopied V-bottom 38-42 feet in length limited to 525 Mercury or spec. 572 extreme class engines—525-powered boats will get a handicap lap.)

Cat Light— Prize Payout $10,000
1st Place-$5,000
2nd Place-$3,000
3rd Place-$1,500
4th Place-$500
Entry Fee-$900
(Specs:Canopied cat outboard 28-32 feet in length with 2.5 Mercury engines.)

Vee Light—Prize Payout $10,000
1st Place-$5,000
2nd Place-$3,000
3rd Place-$1,500
4th Place-$500
Entry Fee-$750
(Editor’s Note: Spec details for this class were not included in the release.)

Pro/Am 1—Prize Payout $7,500
1st Place-$3,000
2nd Place-$2,000
3rd Place-$1,000
4th Place-$750
5th Place-$500
6th Place-$250
Entry Fee-$550
(Specs: Only P-class boats allowed (P2 & P3). P3 boats will receive a handicap lap. Non-bracketed racing.)

Pro/Am 2—Prize Payout $7,500
1st Place-$3,000
2nd Place-$2,000
3rd Place-$1,000
4th Place-$750
5th Place-$500
6th Place-$250
Entry Fee-$550
(Specs: Only P class boats allowed (P4 & P5). P5 boats will receive a handicap lap. Non-bracketed racing.)

Classes with less than six boats will split the first-place prize money for the class depending on finishing order, according to the release. Interested racers can register on the OPGP website by clicking on the “race resources” tab. Hotel and festival information is available through the Sarasota Grand Prix website.

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