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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.

For information on accommodations, please visit KaiserRealty.com or call us at 877-405-5587. Also, keep an eye on our Hot Deals for specials and packages for this event.

After a year hiatus  Power Boat Racing returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast. “Over the years, we’ve had races sanctioned by SBI, OSS and APBA. This year we’ve invited OPA – The Offshore Powerboat Association from the East Coast and POPRA – Pacific Offshore Racing Association from the West Coast. Between these two organizations, we expect anywhere from 40 to 60 boats from all across the United States to race in Orange Beach this October 12 – 17,2010″ Said Gary Nichols. Gary was the founder and President of the Gulf Coast Powerboat Racing Association and raced for several years, but these days he claims to only be “involved” in racing. This year  the biggest racing organization in the country will be coming to town and is part of the Geico Offshore Racing Series and it will be televised about a month after the race.

This will be OPA’s and POPRA’s end of year World Championship Races, which means that instead of just a weekend event, this will be a two race World Championship format that will have the boats in town for a whole week. Teams will start arriving on Monday and Tuesday and practice on Wednesday. Then the first day of racing will be on Thursday. On Friday there will be a poker run with racers and fans participating, then again on Saturday the boats will test in order to get ready for the big finale on Sunday.

This event is your chance to see some of the fastest powerboats in the world compete on the liquid race course of the Gulf of Mexico.  Powerboat racing is growing rapidly in popularity, attracting people from all over the world.  Thunder is best viewed from one of the many Gulf-front condos and house balconies, but you can also get the feeling of the race from the beach as well.  Don’t miss out on this display of pure horsepower.

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