KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Maintaining its reputation as the Indianapolis of offshore powerboat racing, Key West is set to host the 30th annual competition to crown the world’s top teams Nov. 7-14.
The Key West World Championships are to kick off with a parade of race boats down the island’s legendary Duval Street, slated to begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. The action continues throughout the week, with leading American and international teams to compete in high-speed races Wednesday, Nov. 10; Friday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 14.
A portion of the challenging 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and fans can watch from vantage points breathtakingly close to the action.
Varying water conditions along the course afford race teams the chance to test both equipment endurance and hull and propulsion design during the season-ending championship series. Boats compete in 14 classes including the celebrated Superboat Unlimited class.
On race days, spectators can get an unmatched view from grandstand areas on Key West’s Truman Waterfront — sitting so close they can practically feel the salt spray as boats roar by. Truman Waterfront is located at the end of Southard Street past Thomas Street and Truman Annex.
Other popular viewing areas include restaurants and bars at harborfront hotels, as well as Key West’s Mallory Square.
On nonrace days, powerboat enthusiasts can view the boats and meet racers and crews at the race village, also situated on Truman Waterfront.
For event details, including a complete schedule and information on VIP spectator packages featuring admission to exclusive race parties, visit www.superboat.com.
For lodging information in Key West, contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-LAST-KEY (800-527-8539) or visit the Keys’ website at www.fla-keys.com.