Congratulations to the 2015 APBA Hall of Champions Inductees
December 3, 2015
In a letter from APBA: Congratulations! As co-chairs of the APBA Hall of Champions Committee, we are pleased to inform you that you have earned APBA's highest racing honor for your accomplishments in the Offshore category in 2015. This says a great deal about you, your team, your skill and dedication to the sport. We are proud to have you carry on the 40 year Hall of Champions tradition.
OPA Racing would like to congratulate this year's APBA Hall of Champions inductees. National Class inductees are the team that makes up team TYPHOON: Driver, Louie Giancontieri; Throttleman, Randy Schleuss. Bracket Class inductees are the team that makes up team WAZZUP II: Driver, Nick Smith; Throttleman, Anthony Smith.....
2015 Nomination Submission for the Jimmy Welsh Trophy
December 7, 2015The memory of Jimmy Welsh lives on with Jimmy Welsh Trophy, and it's that time of year for team owners to nominate one of their crew to receive this honor.
In 2012 we lost one of our most beloved racing family member, Jimmy Welsh. Jimmy was dedicated to the sport, his team and his friends. OPA continues to honor a team member that displayed similar qualities to Jimmy throughout the past season.....
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2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
December 7, 2015
The OPA race seasons just keep on getting better every year and 2015 was no exception! We had another successful season in 2015 with races in Seaside Heights, NJ; Lake Ozark, MO; Atlantic City, NJ; Manasquan, NJ; St Clair, MI; Port Huron, MI/Sarnia, Ont, Can; and Fall River, MA. This year the OPA World Championship was hosted by the Englewood Beach Waterfest in Englewood, FL. This race site was off the hook! The town of Englewood welcomed us with open arms and gave us two days of beautiful weather to race and allowed us to crown our World Champions!
OPA Racing would like to congratulate this year's APBA Hall of Champions inductees. National Class inductees are: Driver, Louie Giancontieri and Throttleman, Randy Schleuss, from team Typhoon. Bracket Class inductees are: Driver, Nick Smith and Throttleman, Anthony Smith of team Wazzup II. We are proud to see you carry on the 40 year Hall of Champions tradition.....
Englewood Beach Waterfest Press Rlease
January 13, 2016
The results of the Race are in! The report by Research Data Services Inc. presented to the Charlotte Harbor Visitors and Convention Bureau calculates that the economic impact of the Englewood Beach Waterfest reached $2,322,300.00. Additional data estimates 15,000 attendees were present for the National and World Championship races, 12.3% of whom were overnight visitors. Their length of stay averaged 5.2 nights with a total of 4,800 room nights in the Englewood area. Day-trippers comprised 41.4% and a whopping 46.3% were local residences. Confirmation that the races were enjoyed by a large segment of our community is affirmation that the interest and excitement offshore power boat races is locally embraced.
Heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors who supported the vision and had confidence in the Board’s commitment. Pats on the back all around to our Friends of Waterfest and event volunteers, thank you for your hard work and good cheer. Local businesses stepped up in huge ways, such as weekly drawing fundraisers, food and drink donations, accommodations, discounts and specials......