The 2019 Hooters Clearwater Offshore Nationals Presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Races into Clearwater Sept. 27-29
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater is the place to be for adrenaline junkies Sept. 27-29 as the 2019 Hooters Clearwater Offshore Nationals Presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater races into town. In its 11th year, this year’s boat race takes on a new name and sanctioning body, Race World Offshore, the premier sanctioning body from Key West, Florida. This change will help grow the sport even bigger and expand opportunities with Florida’s Gulf Coast communities and Key West.
The action-packed weekend starts its engines on Friday, Sept. 27 with the Clearwater Offshore Nationals Race Village in Coachman Park. Fans and visitors will be able to see some of the power boats up close and meet the teams who are the driving force behind these boats which are some of the fastest in the world. The Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Boat Parade and Downtown Block Party will begin at 6:45 p.m. and feature beer trucks, contests, games and live entertainment. Don’t forget to buy a VIP pass for access to the Baystar VIP Party at Coachman Park starting at 5:30 p.m. with all you can eat and drink. This event is hosted by Baystar Restaurant Group and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the event is for VIP ticket holders only.
The excitement continues Saturday, Sept. 28, with events planned to keep visitors entertained throughout the day and evening. The Power Boat Race Village will continue at Coachman Park from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Spectators will get to meet race teams, grab some autographs and take photos. Events also begin to heat up on Clearwater Beach at Pier 60 Park with Sunsets at Pier 60 daily festival. There will be games, street performers, and live entertainment presented by Hooters from a national recording artist to be named at a future date. The day’s events will come to a close with a big fireworks show presented by Pier 60 Concessions.
Then strap in, sit back and take in all the power boat action on Sunday, Sept. 29. Power boats will take to the waters off beautiful Clearwater Beach 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 and the others starting at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Spectators can see all the action from the beach, Pier 60 for a $20 fee, 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.
VIP passes can be purchased at the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce or the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. 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.
For more information on VIP tickets and events, parking and a list of prohibited items, visit ClearwaterNationals.com or MyClearwaterEvents.com.