2012 Key West Super Boat International World Championship Races

Island Genn and Dr Catcher MTI Race Boat
Island Genn and Dr Catcher sitting in the cockpit of an MTI go fast boat!

This year’s World Championship Races for Super Boat International start in Key West on November 4th. This is always exciting, not only for viewing the races, but also for the parade of colorful and awe inspiring boats that make their way down the Overseas Hwy (US 1) for this event. The World Championships are always held in Key West, and last year the races turned deadly with several crashes that lead to three deaths on the water. Let us hope that everyone stays safe at this year’s races and that the winds stay calm for the racers.

John Carbonell founded Super Boat International in 1989. This series is the only sanctioned body for offshore power boat racing in the world. As such, it has attracted many celebrities such as Don Johnson and Kurt Russell. The race course is approximately six miles and boats can reach a top speed of up to 200 miles per hour!

There are several racing teams, each competing in different categories. These categories include Superboat Unlimited, Superboat Extreme, Superboat Vee Limited, Superboat, Turbine, Superboat Stock, Manufacturer Production 1, Manufacturer Production 2, Manufacturer Production 3, and Manufacturer Production 4. Some of the more well known teams to watch for are Peters & May Racing, Hawaiian Tropic, and the Miss Geico.

Check out the schedule of events below, and come visit Key West for the races next week!

Schedule of Events
November 4
9am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display:
Truman Annex, End of Southard St
9am – 3pm Racer Registration: Truman Annex
9am – 3pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
4pm Boat Parade: Duval Street
November 5
8:30am MANDATORY DRIVERS MEETING: Key West
Marriott Beachside Hotel 3841 N Roosevelt Blvd
9am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display: Truman Annex
11am – 5pm Racer Registration: Truman Annex
11am – 5pm Race Boat Inspection: Truman Annex
12pm – 4pm Water Dunkers Test: Days Inn 3842 N Roosevelt Blvd
9am – 5pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
6pm – 9pm Welcome Party: U.S. & International Teams, Truman Annex
Racer Pass, Guest Credential or VIP pass required
November 6
9am – 5pm Race Boat Inspection: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Launching: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Racer Registration: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
9am – 5pm Testing for Race Boats: Off Truman Annex
10am – 2pm Water Test / Dunkers: Days Inn 3842 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
10am – 5pm Race Boat Fueling: Truman Annex
November 7
6:30am – 7:30am Racer Physicals: Truman Annex Registration Tent
7:30am Race Morning Drivers Meeting-Truman Annex Registration Tent
7am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display: Truman Annex
7am – 4pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
7am – 5pm Launch & Recovery of Race Boats: Truman Annex
8am – 1pm Race Boat Fueling: Truman Annex
CLOSED Registration: CLOSED
9am FAA Meeting: Island City Flying Service
10am Start of 1st Race – Off Truman Annex
11:30am – 12:30pm Harbor Open for Commercial Traffic
12:20pm Boats Proceed out for 2nd Race
12:30pm Start of 2nd Race – Off Truman Annex
1:45pm Boats Proceed out for 3rd Race
2pm Start of 3rd Race – Off Truman Annex
6pm-8pm Racers Party: Mel Fisher’s Treasures, 200 Greene St.
November 8
9am – 5pm Launching: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display:Truman Annex
9am – 3pm Racer Registration: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
9am – 5pm Testing for Race Boats: Off Truman Annex
10am – 5pm Race Boat Fueling: Truman Annex
November 9
6:30am – 7:30am Racer Physicals: Truman Annex Registration Tent
7:30am Race Morning Drivers Meeting-Truman Annex Registration Tent
7am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display: Truman Annex
7am – 4pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
7am – 5pm Launch & Recovery of Race Boats: Truman Annex
8am – 1pm Race Boat Fueling: Truman Annex
9am FAA Meeting: Island City Flying Service
10am Start of 1st Race – Off Truman Annex
11:30am – 12:30pm Harbor Open for Commercial Traffic
12:20pm Boats Proceed out for 2nd Race
12:30pm Start of 2nd Race – Off Truman Annex
1:45pm Boats Proceed out for 3rd Race
2pm Start of 3rd Race – Off Truman Annex
7pm-11pm Duval Street Party
November 10
9am – 5pm Launching: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display: Truman Annex
9am – 3pm Racer Registration: Truman Annex
9am – 5pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
9am – 5pm Testing for Race Boats: Off Truman Annex
10am – 5pm Race Boat Fueling: Truman Annex
November 11
6:30am – 7:30am Racer Physicals: Truman Annex Registration Tent
7:30am Race Morning Drivers Meeting-Truman Annex Registration Tent
7am – 5pm Race Village Open – Race Boats on Display:Truman Annex
7am – 4pm Passes – Credentials: Truman Annex Entrance
7am – 5pm Launch & Recovery of Race Boats: Truman Annex
8am – 1pm Race Boat Fueling: Truman Annex
9am FAA Meeting: Island City Flying Service
10am Start of 1st Race- Off Truman Annex
11:30am – 12:30pm Harbor Open for Commercial Traffic
12:20pm Boats Proceed out for 2nd Race
12:30pm Start of 2nd Race – Off Truman Annex
1:45pm Boats Proceed out for 3rd Race
2pm Start of 3rd Race – Off Truman Annex
7pm – 9pm Race Award Presentation:
Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
Racer Pass, Guest Credential or VIP pass required

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