Put the pedal (or lever) to the metal and enjoy a captivating display of speed and power boats in the Sunshine City. Yes, the P1 Offshore Grand Prix returns to the ‘Burg this September for Labor Day Weekend. Last year, the Grand Prix on water brought some the fastest boats, and most skilled captains in the world to the Sunshine City for a wild weekend of racing that left all of our jaws buoying in its wake.
The festivities will run from September 1 to September 3. The dates were just announced by Grand Prix organizers: “The 3nd annual St Petersburg Powerboat Grand Prix is returning to the St. Petersburg Pier. Come watch the adrenaline-pumping action as Competitors from across the USA and from all over the world, compete for the top spot in the APBA National Championships!!”
Racing around the Pier at the Offshore Grand Prix
Powerboat and personal watercraft race teams from across the United States will compete across multiple classes of racing during the race weekend. While the race is best viewed live along the course near downtown St. Petersburg and the pier, the high-speed racing action will also be broadcast nationally. Fans outside of the U.S. will be able to enjoy the racing via live streaming on the P1 Offshore website. Teams from across the U.S. will compete in high-speed races during the two-day series.
You can learn more about the event by visiting its official website.
This revelatory sport originated at the start of the last century, with a cross-Channel race in 1904 being followed by the formation of the American Power Boat Association (APBA) and the first US recorded race in 1911 in California. It increased in popularity in the United States over the next few years but its growth in Europe was disrupted by World War 1.
The 1908 London Summer Olympics is famous for hosting the first and only powerboat racing events in Olympic history. Over the period 1927-35 there was a huge interest in racing in Europe both on the sea and on freshwater rivers and likes. The sport entered the modern era in the 1960s and then in the 1980s came the catamaran and “superboat” era, with the different categories of boats multiplying far beyond the four classes that were common in the 1960s and 70s. For the first time in 30 years, offshore racing in the United States is now under one sanctioning body — APBA.