Though the actual payout amounts are contingent on three or more boats participating in each class, the organizers of the Hotelplanner.com Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix have released class-by-class prize purses for the 34th annual running of the western Florida offshore race, which is set for Sunday, July 1.
Organizer of the 2018 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix are expecting outstanding turnouts in the upper-tier catamaran classes. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
•In the Unlimited class, which has an entry fee of $2,000, the winner will take home $4,200, followed by $2,900 for second place and $1,200 for third.
•The Super Cat class, the victor will earn $3,900 with the second- and third-place finishers claiming $2,700 and $1,100. The class entry fee is $1,800.
•For the Super Vee class, the winning payout will be $3,300 followed by $2,300 going to the second-place entry and $990 going to the third-place competitor. The entry fee is $1,400.
•For the Superstock 300 and Vee Light classes, each of which has an entry fee of $1,000, the payouts are $3,000 for first place, $2,100 for second place and $900 for third place.
•With an entry fee of $750, the Production P1-P3 class pays out $2,400 for first place, $1,680 for second place and $720 for third place. Production P4-P6 class pays $1,800 for to the winner, $1,260 to the runner up and $540 to the third-place finisher. The entry fee is $550.
“All team registrations will continue to be collected and handled by Powerboat P1, as well as prize payouts,” wrote Lucy Nicandri, the executive director of Suncoast Charities for Children—the benefitting organization for the weeklong Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival—and the longtime key organizer of the event in an April 2 email to the returning teams. “Myself, and our local water support co-chairs will be meeting with Powerboat P1 and Race World Offshore this Friday to finalize the race course/race coordinates, weekend schedule, and layout for the dry and hot pit areas.”