Englewood is set to take center stage November 9-18, 2018 in a celebration of our unique water resources and exceptional water based recreational opportunities. Englewood centric with a regional and national audience we have set out to showcase Englewood at its finest. So plan on joining. As a volunteer, a sponsor, or a spectator. All are welcome. We have an exciting lineup planned with more events being added daily. They include:
OPA/APBA Offshore World Championship
November 17 to 18, 2018
On Saturday November 17th and Sunday, November 18th, multiple classes of Offshore Race Boats will take to the race course off Englewood Beach in Englewood. Hear the roar of massive horsepower converted to pure speed on the water by world-class throttle men and drivers with exciting hull-to-hull racing at speeds exceeding 200 mph. The World Championship brings out the best of the best to compete for the coveted title of World Champion!
November 17 to 18, 2018
A 5,000 square foot tented area within the WaterFest Village will be the venue of interactive and educational displays. Expert personnel will represent the region’s leading Environment and Conservation organizations. The focus will be Water and Marine Life Conservation.
Friday, November 16, 2018
The Englewood Beach Waterfest Block Party sponsored by Paradise Exclusive Real Estate will be a FREE TO THE PUBLIC event where everyone can get up close to over 40 Race Boats and the Race Teams lined up on Dearborn Avenue in Historic Downtown Englewood from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on November 16, 2018.
Talk to the race crews including drivers and throttlemen. They love to show off their race boats, the engines and drives or just talk about offshore powerboat racing in general.
In addition to viewing the Race Boats, there will be street vendors, food trucks, beverage stations and an overall festival atmosphere. The shops and restaurants in Historic Englewood will also be open for business. See you there!
PowerUp Pre-race Party
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Join us for “PowerUP” the Official Pre-Race Party at The Lighthouse Grill in Englewood!
This event, which kicks off the race weekend, is open to the public and will be the official location for the drivers, crew and race officials to receive their safety training!
The Lighthouse Grill has created a specially priced race buffet, which will be available starting at 5pm. The team from Siesta Key Rum will be tending bar that night, and unveiling the “official” OPA Race Weekend signature drinks.