Clearwater’s 11th Super Boat National Championship
On your mark, get set, go! In it’s 11th year, the annual Hooters Clearwater Super Boat National Championship returns to the beautiful Clearwater Beach Sept. 27-29. The restaurant chain that started in Clearwater presents a weekend of unforgettable watercraft competition with incredible drivers tackling the gulf waters at prestigious speeds of nearly 200 mph!
Spectators will line the beach’s powder white sand against the 2.5-mile-long race course, fully experiencing the fun and thrill of boat racing, awaiting the national title to be respectfully given away. However, the action doesn’t stop with the powerful boat races. Guests can go to meet and greets with the race teams, watch the super boat parade, and indulge in Clearwater’s delicious cuisine.
The featured super boats are some of the fastest and largest offshore power boats in the world. Equipped with F-16 jet canopies, these boats are controlled by a two-man team, a driver who steers the direction, and a throttleman responsible for operating up to four engines with the capability of producing more than 6,000 horsepower. The partnership and connection needed to race these monstrous boats has been perfected down to a science to reach maximum speeds.
Clearwater’s high energy event is thrilling whether a boat race enthusiast or not. The event is free, but there are VIP packages for those seeking vantage viewing points including race day cruises where you can watch the race on the water.
A variety of appreciated sponsors will help optimize this action-packed weekend. Host hotels include the Sandpearl Resort, Wyndham Grand, and the Sheraton. Along with the host hotels, partnering hotels such as the Hilton, the Hampton, Edge, Hyatt Regency, and the Marriott will offer VIP watch parties and special deals and offers.
Help is needed! If you want to help make the magic happen, willing volunteers are encouraged and can receive more information at www.clearwatersuperboat.com.
The action comes off water with various dining specials and race day activities held by local businesses. Many events and activities will lead up to race day on Sunday, Sept. 29.
On Friday, Sept. 27, the green flag will drop at the Baystar Race Village at Coachman Park, where the famous super boats will be lined up ready for wide-eyed guests to take in. Attendees can also get up close and personal with the talent behind the super speed. Racer meet and greets offer autograph and photo opportunities.
The excitement continues Saturday with the Rock the Block Party in front of Tony’s Pizza & Bar with free admission. From 6-9pm at Pier 60, there will be fireworks, vendors, and live entertainment. Not to mention if you have a VIP pass, you get a free ice cream cone! And at 7pm, the Calendar Girls of Hooters will be introduced, followed by a performance by The Romantics presented by Hooters. Ending the night Shepards Beach Resort VIP party starts at 8pm, those with VIP passes get free entry.
The party doesn’t stop after the races on Sunday! So don’t forget to stick around for after parties and awards!