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Suncoast Charities for Children Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

Chris Davies on 20th June 2016

32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix – June 25th – July 4th

This year’s 32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival produced by the Suncoast Charities for Children will once again provide a week full of activities for the entire family to enjoy and two full days of racing excitement.

One change this year includes an expanded ‘Boats On Main Block’ Party in Downtown Sarasota on Friday, July 1st.

This event will begin at 6 pm featuring a stationary display of race teams on Main Street. This will provide the general public an opportunity to meet the team pilots before the weekend races, receive team giveaways, and allow time for photo opportunities.


On Saturday, July 2nd, AquaX, P1 Superstock US, and Classic / Vintage boats will be racing.

On Sunday, July 3rd, over 25 powerboats will compete ranging in speeds from 90 mph to over 150 mph for a $60,000 prize purse.

On July 4th there will be the Bayfront Firework display.

Tickets are still available to the VIP Race Viewing area, located at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, and can be purchased on the Festival website

Festival Director Lucy Nicandri commented,

We are excited that many of the larger powerboats who could not race at Sarasota last year due to a schedule conflict, will be back participating. All benefits from the net proceeds raised from the Event will go to Suncoast Charities for Children.

Sponsorship has been provided by Sarasota Ford, Budweiser, Ocean Properties, City of Sarasota, and Hyatt Regency Sarasota, with Presenting sponsors, Sarasota County and Visit Sarasota County.

Full Festival schedule –


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