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OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE: July 14, 2020
“ROAR OFFSHORE” IN FORT MYERS BEACH POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR
Organizers for the 2020 Roar Offshore Fort Myers Beach Powerboat Races announced today that the races will be
postponed until next year, due to the impact from Covid-19 Pandemic. This decision follows suit with five other race
venues that are part of the 2020 APBA Offshore Championship Series, announcing the same decision.
Local organizers, Tim and Cyndee Hill along with Mike Sheperd stated: “It is with great disappointment that we
have to make this announcement, however, at this point we feel there is no way to guarantee the safety
and wellbeing of race teams and fans. We also feel strongly that asking for financial support from our sponsors and
our local government would not be received well, understanding how hard they have all been hit financially by the
Currently Lee County is not accepting or reviewing any large special event permits, however despite postponing the
race until next year, Roar Offshore organizers do plan to hold a Powerboat Fun Run that same weekend of October
10. The event would be open to race teams, race fans, and all recreational boaters. Details for this new event are still
being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. Some areas, within the Fun Run route, will remain
offshore so that race teams who participate will have an opportunity to “stretch their legs” and provide beachgoers
on land a good vantage point.
In 2019 Roar Offshore saw the return of Offshore Powerboat racing to the famed Fort Myers beach venue, which
had not hosted a powerboat race in 13 years, bringing with it the largest boat count in almost two decades. The 2019
Roar Offshore National Championship race was a tremendous success, not only for offshore racing but also for the
local economy generating an economic impact of $18.5 Million and a direct total impact of $16.7 Million in
expenditures. CBS Sports and Fox Sports aired an hour-long post-race program reaching approximately 65 Million
homes within the United States and 400 million households in 150 countries.
Powerboat P1 CEO, Azam Rangoonwala, and OPA President, Roland “Smitty” Smith, issued a joint statement after
hearing the news about Fort Myers Beach, FL: “This year has been a difficult year for all of us in the Powerboat
racing community. This is yet another setback but it is to be expected with the recent Covid-19 spike in cases
throughout Florida and the effects the virus has had around the world. We look forward to planning for next year’s
series and continuing the strong momentum we achieved in 2019”.
Plans are already underway by Roar Offshore organizers to bring the event back to Southwest Florida in 2021, as
part of the APBA National Championship Series.
For information on next year’s race and this year’s planned Fun Run visit:
2021 APBA Offshore National Championship Race Schedule
+Cocoa Beach, FL May 20-23
+Lake of the Ozarks, MO June 3-5
+Sarasota, FL June 25-27
+St. Clair, MI July 22-25
+Michigan City, IN August 5-8
+Fort Myers Beach, FL October 7-9