Super Boat teams ready for season opener

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Super Boat teams are ready for the season opener, The second Annual Bright House Super Boat Grand Prix in Cocoa Beach, FL. Teams have been getting ready during the winter to compete in what is expected to be one of the best seasons for Super Boat racing. In its second consecutive year at Cocoa Beach, this year’s event is off to a thunderous start.

While Super Boats raced the Space Coast many years ago, it was just eight months ago (August 2010) that teams converged on Cocoa Beach and raced after a 20-year hiatus.

Super Boat International is ready to capitalize on what was a very successful event last May in Cocoa Beach. More teams are expected than last year with some of the world’s fastest boats scheduled to race along the sandy beaches near the famous Cocoa Beach Pier. 'Last year was a very good first year back and we expect this to be an even more exciting race than before. Coming back only 8 months after our last race here, we are pleased again to see how excited and supportive the community is about Super Boat racing. This is really going to make for a great season opener for 2011,' comments John Carbonell, founder of Super Boat International.

The entire Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach area is excited and making all the preparations necessary for a great event. 'We have had so many people call and say they are coming to the Super Boat race. I know this year will be a record crowd. The town is ready, the fans are ready, I’ve heard from the teams… they’re ready, this is just going to be awesome,' comments Kerry Bartlett, Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix Director. 'We have such a great team and many volunteers here putting this together and I just can’t thank them all enough for their support.'

With the support of SpaceCoastSportsTV and Super Boat International, Cocoa Beach fans unable to attend can follow Sunday’s activities on superboat.com and watch it through the live streaming broadcast. Super Boat International is broadcasting the entire 2011 season online through live streaming and can be found at superboat.com/live-tv on the day of the race.

While the 2011 schedule was released earlier this spring, SBI has announced their race schedule through the year 2013 with additional news to follow in the upcoming months. Along with Cocoa Beach, races are scheduled for Miami, Sarasota, Michigan City, New York, Clearwater and the World Championships in Key West, Florida.

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The schedule for next month’s second Annual Bright House Space Coast Grand Prix starts off with a sponsor and VIP party May 18th at the Paradise Cove Restaurant. Teams, boats and support equipment will continue to arrive Thursday, May 19th in the Dry Pits across from Fishlips. Also, Thursday afternoon starting at 3:00 pm, boats will be on display for the 'Powerboats on Parade' downtown Cocoa Beach. Friday, May 20th is team registration and boat inspections along with parties and live entertainment in the evening near the pits. Teams will be testing on Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The races are on Sunday, May 22nd at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Do not be late… teams head out of the pits early straight to the racecourse in preparation for the start of their respective race. Once each race concludes, the race teams return to the pits for inspections. The awards ceremony will be at the VIP stage in the dry pits at 5:00 pm. Race fans, VIP’s and guests are welcome to attend the awards presentation.

Super Boat International (SBI), is the premier offshore racing institution founded from the first ever powerboat race, the 1956 Miami to Nassau event, and is the longest running professional offshore racing sanctioning body in North America. Founder and President, John Carbonell produces races, world kilos and distance records throughout the United States, South America and the Bahamas. SBI events include the World’s fastest Vee Bottom and Catamaran style powerboats, reaching speeds in excess of 200 mph. Offshore powerboats race on a rectangular shaped stadium-styled racecourse along a 2-1/2 mile stretch of beaches filled with hotels, vendors and race fans.