This is the WORLD championship - the Superbowl of offshore racing.
According to tour promoters, Key West is the favorite venue for offshore powerboat races - allowing fans to watch the races from shore, mingle with the drivers and check out the boats in the nearby pits, and enjoy typically calm racing conditions.
Spectators lined the Key West harbor - from Fort Zachary Taylor State Park to Mallory Square.
Below are photos from one heat of the races. (click on them to see larger versions)
Seeing boats enter the tranquil harbor at over 100 mph, followed by a swarm of helicopters, was stunning. Congratulations to the winners and all the participants. We may never get the Superbowl, but Key West is happy to crown a world champion.
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