Super Boat Festival Speeds into Clearwater this Weekend

Offshore power boat heavyweights square off in Sunday's National Championship

Thursday, September 29, 2011

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (September 29, 2011) - The nation's premier offshore power boat racing series returns to Clearwater this weekend for three days of family-friendly, full-throttle entertainment. 

Hailed as "NASCAR on water," the Bright House 2011 Clearwater Super Boat National Championship will take place off the coast of Clearwater Beach on Sunday, October 2. 

With competing boats capable of reaching speeds up to 200 mph, races are scheduled at noon and 2 pm on a 4.4 mile rectangular course that offers speed enthusiasts the best viewing for offshore races. 

Wrapping up this season, Sunday's contest will crown a National Champion for the Super Boat Series, the longest running offshore power boat racing series in the United States. 

The festivities begin Friday in downtown Clearwater at the Baystar Race Village. Super Boats and team drivers will be on display in Coachman Park from noon to 10 pm and a block party will take place nearby at "Blast Friday," beginning at 5:30 pm, with a live performance by "Orleans." 

In addition to the entertainment found at the Village, kids can cast away at the Make a Difference Fishing Tournament, an event that benefits handicapped children, at 8 am on Saturday at Pier 60.

That same day, spectators will get their first glimpse of the action on the water with drivers holding practice runs until 6 pm, before an explosive fireworks show at dusk.

Events throughout the weekend are free, including Sunday's competition. A VIP race experience---complete with preferred viewing, admission to exclusive events and more---is available for $100 for adults and $25 for children 16 and under. 

With limited parking available on Clearwater Beach, fans are encouraged to park at one of several "off beach" locations and hop aboard the Jolley Trolley to and from Coachman Park and Pier 60. Ambassador Limousine will also provide transportation on a 47-passenger bus along the same route. 

For more information on the Clearwater Super Boat National Championship, visithttp://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/content/super-boat-national-championship

VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall: Josh@VisitSPC.com 
Phone: 727.464.7223 
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