News ~ 2015
2015 Early Capsule Training Session 1
March 7 , 2015
THERE WILL SAFETY CELL CERTIFICATION ON: SATURDAY MARCH 7th, 2015, COST: $ 40.00 FOR OPA MEMBERS w/ SWIM TEST (offshore only); $ 20.00 FOR SWIM TEST ONLY (offshore only). LOCATION: LANSE CREUSE HIGH SCHOOL POOL, 38495 LANSE CREUSE ST., HARRISON TWP,MI 48045. (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM )
Please have your APBA # available. TESTING INSTRUCTOR : ANDREW C. GUARESIMO ( aka BLUEWATER ANDY ).....
OPA Winter Awards Banquet Celebration
February 10, 2015
Coming off another very successful racing season, the OPA Teams once again converged at the Stockton Seaview Hotel in Galloway Township, NJ holding their annual meeting and moved over to the Awards Banquet hosted by the Oyster Creek Inn in Leeds Point, NJ.
During the meeting, Ed “Smitty” Smith, President of OPA, confirmed the unification with APBA again for the 2015 Season.
Some changes were discussed during this meeting that will be reflected in the 2015 Rule Book. OPA will continue to red flag races anytime there is an incident on the course. Once the course is clear, the race will be restarted.
The awards banquet is always more like a family reunion for wayward racers. The house was packed with a live band and fantastic food. Teams came from Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey..........
OPA CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR ENGLEWOOD BEACH NOV. 18 - 22
March 18 , 2015
Race fans can now enjoy a second blast of offshore action in Florida late 2015 as an APBA-sanctioned Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) Championship will take place in Englewood Beach, FL. from November 18 to 22. The races will run in conjunction with the community’s Englewood Beach WaterFest, a newly formed event celebrating everything this shore side community has to offer boating and outdoor enthusiasts.
“What the Englewood Beach Chamber of Commerce wanted to do for 2015 was put together a group of local businesses to work with a race promoter and make the races more of a community event and not just a two-day offshore boat race,” said Ed Hill, Executive Director of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce. “Englewood is already very busy from January to the end of April. When you have another 20,000 people come for the races, it didn’t really enhance the economic impact due to all the congestion. Moving the races to November and organizing a community event at the same time takes care of that.”.....
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IR-Designs signs with OPA for 3-years as their Official Apparel Supplier
March 26, 2015
OPA Racing is excited to partner with IR-Designs this year as the Official Apparel Supplier. IR-Designs is offering all of the teams great pricing on their team uniforms as part of this program. (Visit the Racer Resources section of the website for all the details) IR-Designs is one of the premier clothing suppliers to race teams in the United States.
As a benefit to the teams this year in OPA, IR-Designs is offering you team the following services: 20% Discount on all apparel; Competitive pricing of $65.00/hr for Design & set up; Teams DO NOT need to sign any contracts/partnerships with IR-Design for the discounts.
IR-Designs is a New York City-based design firm that specializes in creating custom, cut and sewn motorsport team apparel. With more than 20 years of combined experience in the industry, the creative team at IR-Designs works closely with customers to develop sleek and stylish custom racing apparel for the highest caliber athletes and crews. Motorsports is a wild and creative enterprise. Their racers are risk takers who embody a particular boldness and tenacity that sets them apart from other athletes. IR-Designs' team believes motorsport apparel should capture this uniquely adventurous spirit. Their designs are crafted to encapsulate and communicate each customer's particular personality and attitude on the race track.....
2015 Early Capsule Training Session 2
March 28, 2015
THERE WILL BE A SAFETY CELL CERTIFICATION ON: SATURDAY APRIL 18th, 2015 COST: $ 40.00 FOR OPA MEMBERS w/ SWIM TEST (offshore only); $ 20.00 FOR SWIM TEST ONLY (offshore only). LOCATION: LANSE CREUSE HIGH SCHOOL POOL, 38495 LANSE CREUSE ST., HARRISON TWP,MI 48045. (3PM - 5 PM )
Please have your APBA # available. TESTING INSTRUCTOR : ANDREW C. GUARESIMO ( aka BLUEWATER ANDY ).....
2015 Is About to Begin
May 5 , 2015
Here we go... few more weeks to get all that hardware back in the Bilges. I dont know about anyone else, but our stuff is in pieces. We'll be there guns a blazin. Really excited about the home town race kicking off the first of many this season. So whozs going?
And then LOTO is ramped up and ready for the OPA teams. Every boat that shows will be handed 1000.00 US Dollars to help offset the expense of travel. I know of a number of boats that are making the trip. If you are going please post here.
Atlantic City, is coming along nicely, as well as the Manasquan Race. Fall River Mass. first time event, deposit has been recieved, Coast Guard is on board. All is good to go. The Michigan Races are as usual ready to go. I would start booking rooms up there as soon as possible. After 13 years of working together with Mikey and the CBPBA, we have raced in Cambridge, then Solomons. It has become more and more difficult to finance the races in those areas. So we have put together a group to put on a kick ass national Championship in Ocean City Maryland. CBPBA will handle the event as usual, Saris Racing Engines, is the Prize Purse sponsor of the event. Phil Houck aka Bull On The Beach. is picking up the tab for the Crane, pit area, Trophies, and of course Food. Wild Bill Purnell is going to keep his Hotel open a week longer, and is providing all the staff lodging, and is holding all the rooms for the race teams, so call the Atlantic Hotel now and start booking. Wazzup Motorsports, will be sponsoring the insurance, Helicopter, and the staff expenses.and transport. This has been a team effort and I want to thank, Jason and Johhny Saris, Phil Houck, Wild Bill Purnell, Mikey and the CBPBA. Finally we have a World Championship in the WARM climate of Florida. Englewood Florida is working on a two week Waterfest event, second to none. There is a 50K prize purse there, that we will disscuss with the teams on how to distribute. Prize/Travel. which ever gets the teams there. So there it is. Short and sweet nothing to it. Any questions fire away.
RESULTS: Seaside Heights Barnegat Bay Grand Prix
May 31 , 2015
CLASS 5: 1st - 518 RUFstr Racing; 2nd - 546 Reinforcer Racing; 3rd - 539 Repeat Offender; 4th - 529 Typhoon; 5th - 533 All Fired Up; 6th - 505 CISCO; 7th - 513 Wazzup II; 8th - 554 Ultimate Ride; 9th - 502 Wanna Race?; 10th - 512 Specialized Racing. CLASS 6: 1st - 611 Smith Brothers Racing/CRC; 2nd - 626 Maxed Out Motorsports; 3rd - 615 Sale N Buy; 4th - 677 You Gun Learn; 5th - 667 Hurricane Force; 6th - 623 BOOM Shaka Laka; 7th - 606 Lock'd Up Bandit; 8th - 644 Knot Guilty; 9th - 601 Early Detection Racing; 10th - 632 Woah Mama. CLASS 7: 1st - 717 Aquaholic; 2nd - 755 Hangin N Bangin; 3rd - 727 Molson Muscle; 4th - 733 Wicked Racing; 5th - 749 On A Mission; 6th - 725 Hauling Trash.....
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RESULTS: LAKE RACE
June 7 , 2015
EXTREME (Run What You Brung): 1st - 3 CMS, 2nd - 03 CMS, 3rd - 4 Cleveland Construction, 4th - V1 Wazzup, 5th - 14 Snowy Mountain Brewery, 6th - 88 Speed Racer, 7th - 19 Cat Can Do. SUPER VEE LITE: 1st - 12 BoatFloater.com, 2nd - 3 LSB Racing, 3rd - 21 Pirate Racing, 4th - 29 Typhoon. CLASS 5: 1st - 513 Wazzup II, 2nd - 502 Wanna Race?, 3rd - 546 Reinforcer, 4th - 517 Lake Ozark Marine, 5th - 509 Wings on Water, 6th - 566 American Outlaw...
RESULTS: ATLANTIC CITY OFFSHORE GRAND PRIX
June 21 , 2015
Class 5: 1st - 518 RUFstr, 2nd - 505 CISCO, 3rd - 539 Repeat Offender, 4th - 513 Wazzup II, 5th - 546 Reinforcer, 6th - 533 All Fired Up, 7th - 554 Ultimate Ride, 8th - 555 Pushin Tin, 9th - 502 Wanna Race?, 10th - 509 Wings On Water. Class 6: 1st - 677 Your Gun Learn, 2nd - 611 Smith Brothers/CRC, 3rd - 626 Maxed Out, 4th - 609 Ultimate Racing Exp, 5th - 623 BOOM Shaka Laka, 6th - 615 Sale N Buy/Birch Point Performance, 7th - 632 Woah Mama, 8th - 601 Early Detection, 9th - 644 Knot Guilty. Class 7: 1st - 717 Aquaholic, 2nd - 755 Hangin N Bangin, 3rd - 723 Bay Rat, 4th - 733 Wicked Racing, 5th - 732 Woah Mama, 6th - 749 On A Mission, 7th - 725 Hauling Trash, 8th - 727 Molson Muscle.....
RESULTS: MANASQUAN GRAND PRIX
July 10 , 2015
SUPER VEE LITE: 1st - 29 Typhoon, 2nd - 13 WeHaulBoats.com. CLASS 2: 1st - 211 Bat Boat. CLASS 3: 1st - V1 Wazzup, 2nd - V6 Strictly Business. CLASS 4: 1st - 441 Saris Racing, 2nd - 411 Perdition, 3rd - 467 Velocity Racing. CLASS 5: 1st - 518 RUFstr Racing, 2nd - 546 Reinforcer, 3rd - 539 Repeat Offender, 4th - 513 Wazzup II, 5th - 555 Pushin Tin, 6th - 554 Ultimate Ride, 7th - 533 All Fired Up, 8th - 502 Wanna Race?, 9th - 509 Wings On Water, 10th - 505 CISCO.....
RESULTS: St Clair River Classic
July 26 , 2015
CLASS 6: 1st-632 Woah Mama, 2nd-611 Smith, Brothers/CRC, 3rd-601 Early Detection, 4th-623 BOOM Shaka Laka, 5th-615 Sale N Buy/Birch Point Performance, 6th-626 Maxed Out, 7th-609 Ultimate Racing Experience, 8th-677 Your Gun Learn, 9th-619 PFE Racing, 10th-613 Bad Newz. SUPER CAT: 1st-77 AMSOIL, 2nd-4 Cleveland Construction. CLASS 3: 1st-V1 Wazzup, 2nd-V6 Strictly Business, 3rd-V7 Miss PTM. SUPER VEE LITE: 1st-3 LSB Racing, 2nd-21 Pirate Racing, 3rd-29 Typhoon, 4th-13 We Haul Boats.....
RESULTS: International Powerboat Race
August 9 , 2015
CLASS 5: 1st - 546 Reinforcer, 2nd - 502 Wanna Race?, 3rd - 555 Pushin Tin, 4th - 513 Wazzup II, 5th - 533 All Fired Up, 6th - 518 RUFstr, 7th - 539 Repeat Offender, 8th - 524 BK Motorsports, 9th - 554 Ultimate Ride, 10th - 509 Wings On Water, 11th - 512 Specialized Racing. SUPER VEE LITE: 1st - 2 Punisher, 2nd - 21 Pirate Racing, 3rd - 29 Typhoon, 4th - 3 LSB Racing, 5th - 13 We Haul Boats. CLASS 2: 1st - 211 Bat Boat, 2nd - 227 Team 27, 3rd - 129 Blown Rush. CLASS 7: 1st - 723 Bay Rat, 2nd - 755 Hangin N Bangnin, 3rd - 749 On A Mission, 4th - 733 Wicked Racing.....
RESULTS: Fall River Grand Prix
August 16, 2015
CLASS 4: 1st - 411 Perdition, 2nd - 441 Saris Racing. CLASS 5: 1st - 539 Repeat Offender, 2nd - 546 Reinforcer, 3rd - 555 Pushin Tin, 4th - 518 RUFstr Racing, 5th - 502 Wanna Race?, 6th - 509 Wings On Water, 7th - 513 Wazzup II, 8th - 512 Specialized Racing, 9th - 554 Ultimate Ride, 10th - 561 Boxer Rescue. CLASS 6: 1st - 632 Woah Mama, 2nd - 615 Sale N Buy/Birch Point Performance, 3rd - 644 Knot Guilty, 4th - 650 Nopper Marine, 5th - 623 BOOM Shaka Laka, 6th - 667 Hurricane Force, 7th - 611 Smith Brothers/CRC, 8th - 609 Ultimate Racing Experience, 9th - 677 You Gun Learn, 10th - 671 Liquid Courage, 11th - 601 Early Detection.....
OPA to be featured on the Rockin' Road Grill
August 20, 2015
The "Rockin' Road Grill" is hosted by Rock guitarist, Eddie Berner (“A Flock of Seagulls”). He is now a prefessional chef and is hosting a reality series that takes him across America in his pimped out RV sharing adventures with other rock stars in their homes and at the gigs where they perform.
In August, Eddie made a stop at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ and caught up with some of the OPA racers. This episode will be aired on September 6, 2015 on TCN (Comcast Network) at 8:30pm EST.....
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Watch Smitty & Augie on the Rockin' Road Grill (episode #4)
September 15, 2015
In August, Eddie made a stop at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ and took a ride on Wazzup III with Ed Smith (Smitty) and Anthony Smith in a mock race. This episode originally aired on September 6, 2015 on TCN (Comcast Network). And don't forget about the cooking with Augie Pensa.
The "Rockin' Road Grill" is hosted by Rock guitarist, Eddie Berner (“A Flock of Seagulls”). He is now a professional chef and is hosting a reality series that takes him across America in his pimped out RV sharing adventures with other rock stars in their homes and at the gigs where they perform.
You can now watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jW18_IO5Izw
OPA Nationals to be held in Englewood
October 5, 2015
At this time OPA Racing must announce that the Nationals that were to be held in Ocean City, Maryland has been cancelled and cannot be rescheduled. We would like to thank the USCG of Ocean City in issuing a permit for the possible reschedule of the Ocean City Grand Prix in such a short manor. However, we are unable to go forward and reschedule this race as we are unable to secure assets required to produce this race and has been deemed impossible as they are unavailable.
We would also like to thank the City of Ocean City, Phil Houck & Bill Purnell in their efforts in trying to produce the race in Ocean City.
The OPA Nationals will now be held in conjunction with the OPA Worlds in Englewood Beach, Florida!
Ocean City Grand Prix, possible reschedule
September 30, 2015
Unfortunately, the weather has changed our plans for this weekend. Due to the status of the storm upgraded to a Hurricane it must be cancelled. We are working with the Coast Guard, county and City to reschedule the Ocean City Nationals for the weekend of October 16, 17 & 18. Stand by for further details.