The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix which was due to be held over the weekend of June 26-28 will have to be rescheduled to a later date following advice from the CDC, Florida state and local government guidelines.
Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director for Suncoast Charities for Children spoke about the postponement:
The contingency date of August 14-16 previously announced is not an option currently, since we do not know what guidelines we may be facing as the President and our local Governor reopen the state of Florida.
I was hoping we could announce a firm date as we are trying our best to reschedule.
However, I cannot at this time due to recovery stages and restrictions from COVID-19 being so fluid at the moment.
Knowing both the economic and charitable benefits this event generates, this was a very difficult decision to make.
However, it is important for Suncoast Charities for Children to abide by all future national, state and local guidelines governing all outdoor special events as the state of Florida slowly reopens.
In a joint statement, Powerboat P1 chief executive officer Azam Rangoonwala and Offshore Powerboat Association President Ed Smith expressed their full understanding of the need for race site promoters to seriously consider postponing their events to allow sufficient recovery time from the pandemic.
The first race on the revised 2020 APBA Offshore National Championship Race Calendar is the Lake Race Invitational, on the Lake of the Ozarks over May 28-30.
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.