Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! That’s right, the time has come to get geared up for the 7th Annual Thunder on Cocoa Beach Super Boat Grand Prix on Florida’s Space Coast. This is the world’s biggest & fastest offshore racing series, and if you haven’t experienced boat racing like this, then you are in for a real treat.
The rough Atlantic Ocean water offers a highly competitive course for the racers and great excitement for the viewers. If you aren’t sure what to expect from this race, check out some of the past footage of races at Cocoa Beach.
Super Boat International is the premier national and international sanctioning body for offshore powerboat racing around the world. Attracting more than 100,000 people to the region, Thunder on Cocoa Beach kicks off the Super Boat International race circuit, which wraps up in the fall at the 36th Annual Key West World Championships.
The events happen throughout Cocoa Beach from May 11-15, and you can enjoy pre-race parties before the main event which takes place on Sunday, May 15. There will be three races starting at noon, between Lori Wilson Park and the Cocoa Beach Pier; the five-mile course is rectangular in shape, and the powerboats can reach speeds of up to 180 mph.
In the days leading up to the race, you will have a chance to get up close to these slick machines at the Race Village located in Port Canaveral and meet the teams behind them. On Friday night, enjoy live music, drinks, and food at Juice N’ Java and Coconuts on the Beach in downtown Cocoa Beach where race teams will be on hand for photos and signing autographs from 6 - 10 p.m. A full schedule of the week’s events can be found here. Details on ticket packages can be found here, and live streaming information can be found here.
So, get your helmet on, and head on over to the races. Make a plan to arrive early as this is sure to be a crowd favorite. If you are looking for an up-close viewing, we recommend that you stake out a spot around Lori Wilson Park or Shepard Park.