Boats Direct USA is the on-air title sponsor for this spectacular offshore powerboat racing event, with Sports Radio 1600 WKWF broadcasting live from the BDUSA.com booth throughout the weekend, said Rick Lopez, manager of Florida Keys Media.
Boats Direct USA owners Mark and Eileen Fischer are huge supporters of the event, and avid boaters themselves. Boats Direct USA is Keys-based, with its showroom in Key Largo.
“This is one of my favorite events every year,” said Mark Fischer, who also regularly contributes to charity events. Fischer has driven medical boats,transport boats, and pace boats for the high-profile event. “Whatever they need, I am always willing to help out.”
Featured during the play-by-play broadcast is the voice of offshore powerboat racing — Stan Lane, along with Lopez.
This amazing event, which draws thousands of people to the Keys, includes three days of high-adrenalin racing, with three races scheduled per day. The first day, Nov. 5th, included a frightening crash involving the J.D. Byrider Team’s Superboat Vee raceboat. The boat rolled several times, and one of the team members was hospitalized. The races were packed with all sorts of chills, thrills and excitement.
The thrilling event continued with a second day of racing on Friday, November 7. The third and final day of racing is Sunday, November 9th, with an awards ceremony planned from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marriott Beachside Hotel in Key West.
“This is a fun, crazy weekend,” Lopez said. “The thing people don’t realize is that the financial impact of the powerboat races is greater than what Fantasy Fest does. These race teams are here all week and they spend money here all week.” Fantasy Fest is an annual, adult-themed party in October.
“(The powerboat races) are probably the largest the financial impact on the city of Key West for the entire year,” Lopez added. Going on simultaneously is the Key West Poker Run, put on by the Florida Powerboat Club. That event also draws big-spending crowds to Key West.
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