This year saw the birth of a new, international race series, the American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship, and the twin promoters – Powerboat P1 and the Offshore Powerboat Association – have today announced that in 2020 they will be returning to all six venues that hosted races this year.
With three race sites in Florida and three in the Midwest, the championship calendar will again feature 13 race classes and run from May to October under the APBA umbrella.
Azam Rangoonwala, CEO of Powerboat P1 said:
Our new partnership with the OPA has enabled us to strengthen the future of offshore racing in the United States by uniting race teams in a way that has been missing for a long time.
All the international teams who participated this year have agreed to race in 2020 and we are expecting more to be added to the line-up.
Our aim is always to stage events that entertain and excite, and the average attendance figure of more than 70,000 across the season is testimony to the appeal of the new series.
OPA President Roland “Smitty” Smith added:
All the race sites saw a tremendous increase in boat count, averaging 60+ teams.
This ensures the enjoyment for race fans, increases value for sponsors and boosts the economic impact for the host venues.
Seeing a series like this has been my dream for many years and thanks to the outstanding teamwork created by P1 and OPA it has now become a reality.