ST. CLOUD, FL., August 5, 2015 – Spectators gathered for a wet weekend of powerboat racing in St. Cloud this past weekend watching the five U.S.A. P1 SuperStock races. Water is the norm for the contestants, however this year spectators enjoyed getting wet as showers of rain poured from the sky making the first two races on Saturday quite an adventure as the sounding of the lightening sirens filled the air.
Despite the raging of the sea, East Lake Tohopekiga (Toho) carried the boaters on the nine lap course for each of the races. Two on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Watching the power boats from afar can appear slow motion compared to how quick these power boats glide. With speeds ranging from 60-180 mph, powerboat racing seems to be the NASCAR of offshore boating.
What makes these races a challenge?
The boats come from the same production, each boat being examined to ensure no modifications are made to the boat or motor. Winning the race relies only the expertise of the driver and throttle-man.
Of the five races, only seven powerboats accelerated to be the first to pass the checkered flag.
On Saturday, the first heat (race) finalized with team Alisyn placing first, GD Environmental Services second, Southeastern Lightening Solutions third, Halloween Megastore, fourth, Boat Wrench fifth, Lycamobile Racing sixth, and Visit Jacksonville trailing at the end.
The second heat placed Lycamobile Racing first, GD Environmental Services second, Halloween Megastore third, Alisyn, fourth, Boat Wrench fifth, Southeastern Lighting Solutions sixth, and Visit Jacksonville in last.
On Sunday, the first heat was lead by Alisyn, second was GD Environmental Services, followed by Boat Wrench, then Lycamobile Racing, Southeastern Lighting Solutions, and Visit Jacksonville.
The second heat powered in GD Environmental Services for first, Halloween Megastore second, Alisyn third, followed by Lycamobile Racing, Boat Wrench, Southeastern Lighting Solutions, and Visit Jacksonville.
The last heat of the day, Alisyn lead the pack, Boat Wrench came in second, Lycamobile Racing third, leaving GD Environmental Service, Halloween Megastore, Southeastern Lighting Solutions, and Visit Jacksonville in their wake.
Racers on Sunday outsmarted mother nature by docking after the last heat before rainfall. The storm before the victory celebration gave way to excitement and anticipation while waiting for the final results to come in. As the storm cleared the results were ready and a champion was named.
Brought to the winner’s stage, Team Alisyn placed third, Team Lycamobile placed second, and GD Environmental Services as the Champions of the weekend races.
Teams who competed this weekend speeding for the highest number of points to claim victory may have had a great time receiving their trophies and launching champagne, but basking in that will only be for a short time. Now, the teams have to prepare for the next round of races in October.