Offshore World Championships to Test Powerboat Racers' Skills in Key West

The Race World Offshore Key West World Championships, scheduled for Nov. 7-14, will provide spectators with high-speed action and high-quality competition.

The 40th annual world championship race will feature top American and international teams, providing the final chance for Union Internationale Motonautique and American Power Boat Association teams to show their mettle.

Key West is one of the most exciting and competitive venues in the world, as boats race along a 4.4-mile-per-lap course that includes Key West Harbor.

Because the race course layout is designed for spectators, fans can enjoy the race from vantage points close to the action, sharing the thrilling exhilaration as racers jostle for position.

The Race World Offshore Key West World Championships are to kick off at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, with a parade of participating boats along the island's historic Duval Street.

The action is to intensify throughout the week, with teams competing in hard-fought races Wednesday, Nov. 10; Friday, Nov. 12; and Sunday, Nov. 14. Races are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on all three days.

On race days spectators can get an unmatched view from areas on the Outer Mole at the Truman Waterfront, which lies at the end of Southard Street past Thomas Street and Truman Annex.

Other popular viewing areas include restaurants and bars at harborfront hotels, as well as Key West’s Mallory Square.

General admission tickets are to be sold on-site at Truman Waterfront Park, with prices starting at $25 per person for a single-day ticket. Admission is free for military members, veterans and kids age 12 and under.

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