World Offshore Championship Brings Brawny Boats to Beaches off Jupiter, Fla

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The powerboat race is expected to attract upward of 15,000 spectators to Waterfront Properties and Club Communities’ back yard.

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Race days are Oct. 19 and 21. Three races will take place each day at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The powerboats will reach speed of up to 170 miles per hour as they fly past some of the most beautiful waterfront property in Jupiter.

Screaming sea vessels will speed across the ocean Oct. 19 during the Offshore Powerboat Association’s debut race in Palm Beach County.

About 50 brightly colored, sleekly designed hot rods will participate in the Palm Beach World Offshore Championship, a four-day, family-friendly, action-packed event.

“This will be an amazing event for the entire family,” said Colette Beland, of Powerboat Palm Beach. “There is no admission fee, so to come and watch these awesome boats in action is free.”

The races will begin at the Juno Beach Pier, a half mile offshore, and will buzz past dozens of oceanfront condos in Jupiter to the turn-around near Carlin Park. Waterfront Properties and Club Communities’ headquarters is at the northernmost tip of the 5.5-mile circuit.

In addition to the races, a bevy of activities are on tap in Carlin Park. A big dry pit will be set up so attendees can view the 24- to 50-foot boats -- and all their parts -- up close. There will be meet-and-greet and autograph-signing opportunities with the drivers and their crew members. A children’s zone will feature a rock-climbing wall and a bounce house. There also will be live music at the park’s Seabreeze Amphitheater.

“There is something for everyone there,” Beland said. “You are not going to want to miss it.”

Race days are Oct. 19 and 21. Three races will take place each day at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The powerboats will reach speed of up to 170 miles per hour as they fly past some of the most beautiful waterfront property in Jupiter.

The drivers will navigate their vessels 15 laps during each 45-minute race.

Powerboat Palm Beach is working with local agencies to protect South Florida’s sea life throughout the event and will send up spotters in helicopters to be on the lookout for manatees and sea turtles. Onshore, turtle nests will be marked clearly so they are not disturbed.

Watching the races from the beach is free; a $75 ticket is required to view from the pier. VIP tickets, which include a private viewing area, food and beverages and complimentary parking, cost $150. Residents of the 13-story Ocean Royale condominiums will have some of the best visibility.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Palm Beach County Marine Industries Association donated a combined $25,000 toward the event with the goal of boosting the Fall business season in north county.

"It has been in the process for over one year and is supported by the county and Jupiter and Juno Beach, as well as all of the racing fans and teams," Beland said. "With 50 teams competing, that will be a lot of people right there."

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