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Powerboat P1 is heading to Sarasota on June 30th - July 2nd for the next round of the 2023 P1 Offshore and AquaX Championships. Around 60 competitors are expected for two days of world-class marine motorsport action.
It is the 39th annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. The weekend of 1st - 2nd will see high-performance powerboats racing along Lido Beach.
Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota County provides the quintessential white-sand beach getaway, perfect for absorbing the noise, power and excitement of a double-bill of powerboat and personal watercraft racing.
Dubbed the "Home of the American Circus," Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and fans can experience its special culture first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies.
After the pounding Atlantic swell of Cocoa Beach, P1 Offshore now moves to the more tranquil, shallower waters of the Gulf of Mexico. However, if you are expecting a less exciting race, think again...
Sarasota is the second longest-running US powerboat race, after the Key West Championship. Compared to Cocoa Beach, Sarasota is a more technical course. Cocoa Beach is long and narrow, running up and down the beach, with two 180 degree turns. Sarasota has varying degrees of right turns and a leftward dog-leg on the backward stretch. Although the water at Sarasota looks calmer, there are often holes, or variations on the seabed, which create voids on the surface. These can cause unexpected flights or hits, so are difficult for drivers to anticipate.
The water will suit the Class 1 for top speeds. The light chop will be less likely to upset the bigger hulls and will be enough to keep traction high with the hull skimming the surface.
If you want to know more about why you should come and watch the event (it's free to watch), check out the coverage on SNN (Suncoast News Network) and an interview with P1's very own Noelle Marx, Click on the button below to stream.