In addition to the 50 P1 Aquax USA personal watercraft racers and eight to ten P1 Superstock USA V-bottoms, more than 20 offshore racing teams have registered so far for the upcoming Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival June 27-July 4, and the organizers anticipate more teams will sign up before the event begins. As expected, a strong contingent of offshore racers local to the Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla., area is participating.
Shown here during the Qatar Cup in early February, Racing For Cancer/AutoNation is one of more than 20 offshore racing teams that have signed up to race in Sarasota, Fla., in early July. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
According to an entry sheet from the organization, registrations (by class) so far include:
Fastboats Marine/Racing For Cancer
Tarpon Point Grille
Smart Marine Service
“I have approximately seven more teams pending,” said Lucy Nicandri, the executive director of Suncoast Charities for Children. “However, I only included those I know are 100-percent coming on the list.”