Clearwater, FL (Sept. 20, 2017) – “Start your engines” with an action-packed weekend in Clearwater Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 as the 2017 Clearwater Super Boat National Championship Festival Presented by Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater races into town. In its 9th year, this year’s festival will be even bigger with events for everyone, including new experiences such as a craft beer festival and market.
The Clearwater Super Boat National Championship Festival will begin making waves on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Baystar Race Village at Coachman Park, where the super boats will be on display. Guests can meet the racers and get up close with some of the world’s fastest super boats. The boat parade and downtown block party starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature craft beer, contests, games and live entertainment, including a free, live performance by The Black Honkeys beginning at 8 p.m. on Garden Avenue. New this year will be the Baystar Super Boat VIP Party at Station Square Park. This event is hosted by Baystar Restaurant Group and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is for VIP ticket holders only. Tickets will be available for purchase at the event or online at ClearwaterSuperBoat.com.
The excitement continues Saturday with events planned to keep visitors entertained throughout the day and evening. The Super Boat Race Village will continue at Coachman Park from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Spectators will get to meet race teams, grab some autographs and take photos. Things begin to heat up at 2 p.m. when the Super Boat Downtown Block Party kicks-off along Cleveland Street. This celebration will include local vendors, crafters, live music and craft beer. The block party will coincide with the Tony’s Pizza & Bar Rock the Block party and features She’s That Dude playing a free concert beginning at 8 p.m. There will also be a fireworks show on Clearwater Beach that evening presented by Pier 60 Concessions.
Then strap in, sit back and take in all the super boat action on Sunday, Oct. 1. Super boats will take to the water traveling at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour on a 2.5-mile water course. There will be three races total with the first kicking-off at noon with the others starting at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Spectators can see all the action from the beach, Pier 60, designated VIP viewing parties and a designated spectator fleet viewing area. Following the races, the Marina Cantina will host the official “Beach After-Party” starting at 4 p.m. National champions will be recognized at an awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Those with VIP tickets will be able to attend this event for free.
To cap off the end of an action-packed weekend, Shephard’s Beach Resort will host the largest after-race beach party ever on Sunday after the races. The party starts at 4 p.m. and will feature live music, Dj’s, beach, sun and of course, lots of fun.
VIP passes can be purchased at the Clearwater Beach Chamber or the Clearwater Regional Chamber. Passes include exclusive access to Pier 60 on race day, admission to autograph signings and private viewing parties, free Clearwater Ferry and Jolley Trolley rides, admission to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 10 percent off Baystar restaurants, 10 percent off the entire check at Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest and more.
Various dining specials, viewing parties and race day activities will be held at local businesses throughout the weekend. For more information on VIP tickets and events, parking and a list of prohibited items, visit ClearwaterSuperBoat.com or MyClearwaterEvents.com.
Parking will be a challenge on Clearwater Beach. The city wants to remind visitors you can park downtown Clearwater for free and take the Clearwater Ferry across to the beach. This helps beach goers avoid waiting in traffic and trying to find a parking spot. The North Beach Parking Plaza will also be available at 490 Poinsettia Ave. Find out more at MyClearwater.com/Parking.