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Boat race to zoom through Cocoa Beach
Rating: 2.88 / 5 (16 votes)  
Posted: 2013 May 17 - 06:30

VIP passes include complimentary beer, wine and food

By Chris Fish

cfish@hometownnewsol.com

BREVARD -- Five days of offshore power-boat racing will hit the Space Coast May 15-19 during the fourth annual "Thunder on Cocoa Beach: The Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix."

Sunday, May 19, is race day at the Cocoa Beach Pier, Alan Shepard Park and Lori Wilson Park. Organizers said the boats will launch from the pits next to the Bluepoints Marina in Port Canaveral.

The start and finish line are offshore from Alan Shepard Park at the end of State Road 520.

Organizers said the races are run in two heats. Race one begins at noon, and race two follows afterward at 1:30 p.m.

Before the race, several VIP events are scheduled to help guests get into the racing spirit.

"We're expecting this year's (event) to be bigger and better than ever," said Kerry Bartlett, race director. "We've got more boats lined up than last year and have added some awesome new perks for our VIP Pass holders."

New perks for VIP Pass holders include premium race viewing at the Cocoa Beach Pier, Lori Wilson Park and Alan Shepard Park. Each premium viewing area includes its own VIP hospitality tent, serving complimentary food, beer, wine and soft drinks, as well as tiered seating, so guests won't miss any of the races.

Organizers said the race weekend begins on Wednesday, May 15, with an early VIP Sponsor Party at Juice N' Java Café in Downtown Cocoa Beach from 6 to 11 p.m. Along with live music, guests can enjoy complimentary food, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Other events and activities will continue throughout the weekend.

A preview of the race will also take place on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 5 p.m. from the Wet Hot Pits, next to Bluepoints Marina in Port Canaveral to Jetty Park, as each racer performs test runs. Organizers said the best place to view the boats during their test runs is from the decks of any of the restaurants in the Port, including Milliken's Reef, Baja Tavern & Eats, Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill and Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar.

The weekend will conclude with an award's ceremony at Port Canaveral on Sunday, as well as a race after party at Mambo's at the International Palms Hotel in Cocoa Beach, featuring a performance from Jamaikin Me Crazy from 4-10 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ThunderOnCocoaBeach.com.

All races are sanctioned by Super Boat International. For more information, visit www.superboat.com

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, May 16

3-11 p.m.: Power Boats on Parade at The Cove, Port Canaveral

Food and drinks; meet the race team

Friday, May 17

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Power Boats and Race Teams in Dry Pits at Race Village, Flounder Drive

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Registration at Race Village, Flounder Drive

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Inspections at Race Village, Flounder Drive

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Press Credentials at Race Village

Noon to 5 p.m.: Dunkers, TBA

3-11 p.m.: Cocoa Beach Street Party "Meet the Racers"

6-10 p.m.: VIP Party/Meet the Racers at Coconut's on the Beach, Cocoa Beach

Saturday, May 18

8:30 a.m.: Mandatory Drivers' Meeting at Fishlips Downstairs, 610 Glen Cheek Dr.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Powerboats and Race Teams in dry pits: Race Village on Flounder Drive

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Registration at Race Village

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Inspection at Race Village

Noon to 4 p.m.: Launching at Bluepoints Marina

Noon to 5 p.m.: Testing, as per SBIP rulebook

Noon to 10 p.m.: Live Music at The Cove

7 p.m.: Bikini Contest at The Cove

6-10 p.m.: VIP Party: Meet the Racers at The Cove

Sunday, May 19

7:30-8:30 a.m.: Physicals: Fishlips Downstairs

8-9 a.m.: Press Credentials at Race Village, Flounder Drive

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Launching at Bluepoints Marina

8:30 am.: Mandatory Drivers' Meeting: Fishlips Waterfront Bar downstairs

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Powerboats in dry pits at Race Village

10 a.m. FAA Pilots Briefing: Merritt Island Airport, 900 Airport Road

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: VIP Hospitality Tent at The Pier

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: VIP Hospitality Tent at Lori Wilson

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: VIP Hospitality Tent at Shepard Park

11:30 a.m.: Boats of first race proceed to milling area: Cocoa Beach

Noon: Start of first race

1:30 p.m.: Boats of second race proceed to milling area, Cocoa Beach

2 p.m.: Start of second race

5 p.m.: Awards Presentation: The Cove




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