PRESS RELEASE: Saturday 23 January 2021
APBA Announces 2021 Offshore Racing Plans
- Comprehensive race schedule unveiled at today’s ORC Annual Meeting
- Historic announcement as APBA sanctions all offshore racing events
- ORC Chairman praises new spirit of co-operation amongst race promoters
- All offshore race events to adopt APBA rulebook
The American Power Boat Association (APBA) has announced its plans for the 2021 race season which include a comprehensive calendar of events for all offshore classes. This is the first time for more than 30 years that the APBA has sanctioned all offshore powerboat racing events and the full calendar was confirmed and released at the Annual Meeting of the Offshore Racing Commission today.
Using one set of general racing rules, the schedule includes both National and Regional Championships, UIM/APBA sanctioned World Championships for each class, the OPA Kilo Run and the Ocean Cup Series.
This month marks Rich Luhrs’ first anniversary as Chairman of the APBA Offshore Racing Commission and he said:
“As a result of the combined efforts of the Offshore Powerboat Association, Powerboat P1, Race World Offshore and Ocean Cup, racers and fans will be treated to the largest and most varied program of events in many years. Thanks to the intense effort, teamwork and passion of these race promoters there really will be something for everyone to support and enjoy.”
Following the announcement last October that it had signed an exclusive 10-year deal with the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) to organize and promote Class 1 offshore racing, Powerboat P1 released a six-venue race calendar which kicks off in May at Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. P1 also reached agreement with the APBA to obtain the exclusive worldwide rights to film and distribute its offshore events for the next 10 years.