We have just received confirmation that the Offshore Powerboat Association is returning to sponsor the 2011 World Championship races on the Gulf Coast. This will be the second year that OPA is sponsoring the event.
“We are really excited about bringing racing back to Orange Beach and we hope to make this an annual event,” said Edward Smith, President of OPA. Smith continues “Orange Beach is the perfect venue for our end of the year World Championships. Our northeastern racers love the southern hospitality that Orange Beach, Al. shares with us.”
Like last year, it will be a two race World Championship event. The boats will start to arrive on Thursday, October 6th and stage in the Dry Pits. Thursday will be the first active day with the boats testing on the race course from 1-4pm. Race #1 will take place on Friday from noon to 4pm. Then Saturday will be a day of repairing broken boats in the Dry Pits and practicing on the race course. On Sunday, Race #2 will start at noon and run until roughly 4pm. The teams with the most points after the two races will be crowned OPA World Champions.
Viewing will be excellent anywhere along the race course as the boats will be about 150 yards offshore. The boats will race on oval track going in front of most of the beachfront hotels and condos.