Super boat races comes to Clearwater Beach this weekend

Friday, October 2, 2009


Super Boat Races in ClearwaterPINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) — The first of what organizers hope will become an annual event is taking place off Clearwater Beach this weekend with the Clearwater Super Boat National Championship.

Organizers said they anticipate the event, which brings power boats, will bring big money to Clearwater for the three-day festival.

“In Michigan City, this race as a first time event, produced approximately 40,000 attendees and $6 million dollars in impact to the community,” said Bob Clifford, the president of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce. “We certainly hope those numbers will be matched here in Clearwater.”

More than 20 boats will be running the two-and-a-half mile course, racing at speeds of over 140 mph from Pier 60 out and back again.

Saturday is dedicated to fine-tuning and testing the boat, with the big day of racing scheduled for Sunday.

Mayor Frank Hibbard thinks the races are a great addition to Clearwater’s collection of outdoor events.

“We have Jazz Holiday, which is a great event every year, with Ironman, and now with the boat races, I think it really rounds things out.”

Parking can be limited at the beach, so city officials are asking attendees to use the trolley that will run from Coachman Park to the beach over the weekend.

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