Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Powerboat Races return to Key West Today

     Today is the first races of the 2013 Key West Powerboat Races.  There is a strong rumor that this may be the last year of the races happening here in Key West.   If you haven't seen them before, this is the year to get out there and enjoy the races.  The entire calendar of events is available for you at .   The actual races are today, Friday and the Finals on Sunday.   You can watch from Mallory Square, aboard your own boats along side of the race course or from several restaurants and lounges along the waterfront.   There are large charter vessels that you can book a seat on that will take you out into the center of the race course and be able to see the races up close and very personal.

     These are some of the most exciting machines that you will ever see on the water, and will hold your attention as they literally fly just over the top of the waves.  

     "Recognized around the world, the biggest offshore racing event is ready to play host to the most powerful fleet of Super Boats. No class will have an uncontested winner and many classes are brimming with more boat entries per class than any race all season. The big boats will include multiple turbines, four or more Superboat Unlimiteds, eight or more Superboats and many more in other classes. This is expected to be one of the most exciting World Championships in the recent past. Many, if not all, of the National Champions are set to compete and defend their honor of being the most winning boat of the season. The World Championship does not carry over any points from the seven National races run this past summer and fall. All boats start even at the Key West event and, with 3 days of racing, they have to be there on Sunday to win. The first two days of racing is ½ the laps of the final race on Sunday. So, while many teams will replace engines on Saturday in preparation to have fresh engines on Sunday, the name of the game is to protect your equipment and make it last to the finish line."   Read More at: