The 4th Annual Thunder on Cocoa Beach is only a week away and race organizers have released both the schedule and racing course for the four-day beachside event.
This year, race boat fans should expect to see some of the most recognized and professional offshore teams competing in offshore racing on iconic Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Teams will arrive on Thursday, May 16 and will set their boats up for a public parade in Port Canaveral. This kick-off event will also feature a meet and greet with racers. Besides daily tests and the actual race on Sunday, other events for the Grand Prix include a street festival and VIP party.
Plan on watching the races offshore? Please be mindful that the Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix takes place during the middle of the sea turtle mating season. Sea Turtle Preservation Society spokesman Roger Pszonowsky isn't worried about the speed boats competing since they are required to follow Federal regulations, but rather the hundreds of personal boats expected in the water to watch the race.
"If you see a sea turtle while operating your personal boat, throttle down, slow down, and protect your passengers and the wildlife."
Interested in taking in the races and all the events, here's the full schedule:
Thursday May 16, 2013
3:00pm - 11:00pm Power Boats on Parade The Cove Port Canaveral Meet the Racers Food & Drinks
Friday May 17, 2013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration: Race Village Flounder Drive
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Inspection: Race Village
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Powerboats and Race Teams in Dry Pits : Race Village
11:00am - 5:00 pm Press Credentials: Race Village
12:00pm - 5:00 pm Dunkers TBA
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Cocoa Beach Street Party Meet the Racers
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm VIP Party: Meet the Racers Coco Nuts on the Beach, Cocoa Beach
Saturday May 18, 2013
8:30 am Mandatory Drivers Meeting: Fishlips Downstairs 610 Glen Cheek Dr.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Powerboats and Race Teams In Dry Pits: Race Village Flounder Dr.
10:00am - 5:00 pm Registration: Race Village
10:00am - 5:00 pm Inspection: Race Village
10:00am - 4:00pm Wet / Hot Pit VIP Viewing
12:00pm - 5:00 pm Launching: Bluepoints Marina
12:00pm - 5:00 pm Testing: As per the SBIP Rulebook
12:00pm - 10:00 pm Live Music : The Cove
7:00 pm Bikini Contest: The Cove
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm VIP Party: Meet the Racers -Blake Wise Concert
Sunday May 19, 2013 Race Day
7:30 am - 8:30 am Physicals: Fishlips Downstairs
8:30 am Mandatory Drivers Meeting: Fishlips Waterfront Restaurant Downstairs
8:00 am - 9:00 am Press Credentials: Race Village
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Launching : Bluepoints Marina
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Powerboats in Dry Pits: Race Village
10:00am FAA Pilots Meeting: Merritt Island Airport, 900 Airport Rd. Merritt Island 877-799-9491
11:00am - 3:00pm VIP Hospitality Tent @ the Pier
11:00am - 3:00pm VIP Hospitality Tent @Lori Wilson (Beach Side)
11:00am - 3:00pm VIP Hospitality Tent @Shepard Park (Beach Side)
11:30pm Boats of First Race Proceed to Milling Area-Cocoa Beach
12:00pm Start of 1st. Race
1:30 pm Boats of Second Race Proceed to Milling Area-Cocoa Beach
2:00 pm Start of 2nd Race
5:00 pm Awards Presentation: The Cove
4pm - 10pm After race party @ Mambos (International Palms) Ja Makin Me Crazy