For me, the most frustrating thing about watching offshore powerboat racing on television has nothing to do with the way races are covered or the production values of the shows themselves. My gripe is far more simple: I have a hard time watching races I know happened weeks or even months ago. I realize this is a function of economics, meaning that real-time televised event coverage costs big bucks. But the issue of timeliness remains.
That’s why I applaud Super Boat International for its plans to stream the SBI Key West Offshore World Championships, Nov. 7-14, live on Superboat.com. According a news item on the organization’s cleanly redesigned web site (hats off to the Cox Group for its fine work), live coverage will begin “just prior” to all race starting times on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Start times are 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Noted offshore racing announcer Stan Lane will call the action, which will span almost five hours on each race day. Interested viewers can go to the link directly by clicking here.
I won’t be covering the SBI Worlds this year for Powerboat magazine—my editor, Jason Johnson, is tackling that rough assignment. But now I’ll be able to catch some of the racing, without having to wait until long after I already know the results. Very smart move on the part of SBI.