Super Boats Headed To Sarasota Florida For Big Summer Race
Offshore Racing Is Expecting Big Crowds For Fourth Of July Weekend

Key West, Fl – Professional offshore race teams are preparing for one of the biggest events of the year. July 5th through the 8th, teams will compete in the 29th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival in Sarasota, Florida. Super Boat International (SBI) is the largest professional offshore racing sanctioning body in America, producing eight events through the year which attracts hundreds of thousands of fans and spectators to beachfront cities.

The Suncoast Grand Prix is one of the largest offshore powerboat races of the year which brings race teams from all around the United States and abroad. Racers travel from as far away as the Middle East and Europe to compete in SBI events. For this race event, some of the most exciting and competitive racing action takes place just offshore from the beaches of Lido Beach, Florida.

“The Sarasota race is always a very good race for us. The community really gets behind this event. The excitement starts the weekend before with various activities and continues to build throughout the week until the boats come for race weekend. When the boats arrive at Centennial Park which is just off 41st street, you can watch the excitement and the crowds build over the three days”, comments John Carbonell, President of Super Boat International. “The fans look forward to seeing the boats up close as the dry pits get really crowded in anticipation of the races on Sunday.” Thousands enjoy the food and activities as they watch the fastest boats in the world get craned in the water for testing.

Fans can expect some very exciting racing from every Super Boat class of boats. The Manufacturer Production and Vee bottom boats are typically the most recognizable boats that every day boaters, which consists over 70 million Americans, would see on a given weekend. The Super Stock outboard boats are a catamaran style with twin outboard engines. The biggest and fastest boats are the large 40’ – 50’ catamaran powerboats that have up to 3000 horsepower from a combined two engines. These Super Cat style boats have some of the most unique paint schemes and are often the fan favorites.These are the world’s fastest offshore boats which can reach speeds upwards of 200 mph.

Last year’s 28th Annual event left many lasting impressions. If it wasn’t a record crowd for the downtown parade, it was surely close. The streets were packed for blocks and it was 10 and 20 people deep in many points along the parade route. The parade consisted of the local fire and police boats along with the world’s best race boats.Also, Tropical Storm Debbie had come ashore a month earlier and displaced much of Lido Beach. So with some of the sand moved around, the beach was packed on race day Sunday with fans covering almost every square acre of beach. It appeared to be the largest crowd for any previous race.

Our Sunday races will be streamed on so you won’t miss any of the action… if you can’t make it to the beaches. Of if you’re on the beach, you can watch and listen to it on your smartphone or tablet. On the Livestream page, listen to the race, see the interviews, chat live and watch all the action as it happens. Fans can stay connected with us at and Like Us on Facebook for all this year’s news. The Super Boat schedule is posted through 2013 and 2014 with races coming up in Michigan City IN; New York, NY; Clearwater and Key West, FL.

Sarasota schedule of Events:

Friday • July 5, 2013
9:00am – 3:00pm Registration: US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Bldg – Centennial Park
9:00am – 3:00pm Inspection: Centennial Park
12:00pm – 6:00pm Powerboats by the Bay: Centennial Park on Sarasota Bay, Food-Vendors Live Music
5:00pm – 12:00am Downtown Block Party: Main St. and Lemon Ave.
5:30pm Staging of Parade: Centennial Park
7:00pm Festival Parade of Boats: Main St. Downtown

Saturday • July 6, 2013
8:00 am – 5:00pm Fueling: Centennial Park on Sarasota Bay
8:30 am Mandatory Drivers Meeting: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
10:00am – 5:00pm Registration: US Coast Guard Auiliary Flotilla Bldg / Centennial Park
10:00am – 5:00pm Inspections: Centennial Park
10:00am – 8:00pm Powerboats by the Bay: Centennial Park-Food-Vendors-Live Music- “Miss Super Boat Grand Prix” Contest
10:30am – 12:00pm Meet & Greet Who’s in the Driver’s Seat: Hyatt Regency Sarasota Ballroom
12:00pm – 4:00pm Dunk Test – Arlington Park & Aquatic Center 2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota
12:00pm – 5:00pm Launching: Centennial Park on Sarasota Bay
12:00pm – 5:00pm Testing: As per the SBIP Rulebook
6:00pm – 11:00pm Pre-Race Party & Fashion Show – Hyatt Ballroom (7:30pm Fashion Show)

Sunday • July 7, 2013 – Race Day
7:30am –
Physicals: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
8:00am – 12:00pm Fueling: Centennial Park
8:00am – 5:00pm Launch & Recovery: Centennial Park
8:30am Mandatory Drivers Meeting: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
10:00am FAA pilots meeting: Jones Aviation
10:00am – 5:00pm Powerboats by the Bay: Centennial Park
10:30am Boats of 1st Race: Parade to Mill Area
11:00am Start of 1st Race: Lido Beach
12:30pm Boats of 2nd Race: Parade to Mill Area
1:00pm Start of 2nd Race: Lido Beach
5:00pm Race Awards Ceremony: Hyatt Regency Ballroom