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- 24 September 2014 /
KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Speed-loving spectators can watch powerboats thunder past at 140 mph or more during the 34th annual Key West World Championship, set for Nov. 2-9 in the waters off the southernmost island in the continental United States.
National and international racing teams are to vie for world titles in eight classes, including the celebrated Superboat class. The viewer-friendly spectacle is known for adrenaline-fueled action that has inspired comparisons to the Indianapolis 500.
The traditional race week kickoff, a parade of high-powered boats down Key West's legendary Duval Street, is slated to start at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.
Racing is scheduled throughout the week, with high-speed challenges taking place Wednesday, Nov. 5; Friday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 9.
Because water conditions vary along the course, teams can test both equipment endurance and hull and propulsion design during the season-ending championship series.
A portion of the 6.2-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, a stretch of typically smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
On race days spectators can get an unmatched close-up view from grandstand areas on Key West's Truman Waterfront, which can be accessed at the end of Southard Street past Thomas Street and Truman Annex.
On nonrace days, powerboat enthusiasts can view the sleek high-speed boats, watch in-water test runs and meet racers and crews at the race village, also situated on the Truman Waterfront. Social events for racers and their fans are planned as well, including a Friday night party on Duval Street featuring race boats on display.
General-admission tickets are available, as are all-inclusive VIP spectator passes for the Truman Waterfront grandstands and hospitality tent. Other popular viewing areas include waterfront hotels and Key West's Mallory Square.
Event information and schedule: superboat.com
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Posted On: September 22, 2014