Powerboat P1 and the Offshore Powerboat Association have today confirmed that Sarasota and St. Clair will not feature on their 2020 offshore racing calendar due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Brunner, President of Blue Water Racing Association in St. Clair stated:
Keeping the health and safety of spectators, participants, officials and our community is first and foremost in our planning efforts.
Bob Currier, Race Control Manager in St. Clair added:
This difficult decision follows guidance for the health and safety of our event from the CDC and Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.
We are looking forward to a vibrant 2021 season as the 4th race in the APBA Offshore National
Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director of Suncoast Charities for Children, which is the local charity that has produced the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival for 35 years added:
In an effort to protect the integrity of our race site and show respect to our sponsors, coupled with continued concerns surrounding managing proper social distancing and safety, we felt it would be in the best interest of everyone to postpone until next year.
Due to the health crisis, the 2020 APBA Offshore National Championship series is now down to three races.
2020 APBA Offshore National Championship calendar
Thunder on Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach) August 27 – 30
Roar Offshore (Fort Myers Beach) October 8 – October 10
Lake of the Ozarks (Date TBC)
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.