The APBA publishes the 2022 offshore racing calendar

With the Offshore Powerboat Association, Powerboat P1 and Race World Offshore as race-producing member organizations, the American Power Boat Association had no shortage of offshore races to consider sanctioning this season. This topic was among the topics discussed at the organization’s annual meeting last week in Orlando, Fla., and now the APBA competition schedule for the 2022 season is complete.

The eight races of the 2022 American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series will begin May 21-22 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Photos by Pete Boden, copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Here is an overview of what is planned for this year:

APBA National Series Races

May 21-22—Cocoa Beach, Florida.
June 4—Lake of the Ozarks., Mo.
July 2-3—Sarasota, Fla.
July 31—St. Clear, Mich.
August 6-7-— Michigan City, Ind.
September 3-4, St. Petersburg, Florida.
September 30-October 2—Clearwater, Fla.
October 8—Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

APBA/Union Internationale Motonautique World Championships

November 6-13—Key West, Florida(All catamaran classes)
November 19-20—Englewood Beach, Florida (All V-bottom classes)

APBA regional races

May 15—Ocean City, Maryland.
June 12—Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
July 10—Eastlake, Ohio
September 10-11—Morehead City, North Carolina

The world titles in the catamaran classes will be decided at the Nov. 6-13 event in Key West, Florida.

For the eight national events, the Offshore Powerboat Association will host the Lake of the Ozarks, St. Clair, Michigan City and Fort Myers Beach contests. The organization will also produce the Englewood Beach World Championship, as well as all regional races. Powerboat P1 will produce the Cocoa Beach, Sarasota and St. Petersburg events. Race World Offshore will produce the Clearwater contest and week-long Key West event.

As stated above, Englewood Beach will be the official site of the APBA/UIM World Championships for all Lower Classes in V. In 2021, the Southwest Florida venue hosted the APBA/UIM World Championships for Bracket Classes.

The adoption of the Mercury Racing 860 engine as the power option for the Super Cat class was not finalized at the APBA meeting – no more than a decision on a dwindling race format, a setup in which teams can drop their worst finish in a given race series.

The Spec and Bracket V-bottom classes will compete for world championship honors in Englewood Beach, Florida.

“The meetings went well,” said Rich Luhrs, APBA’s Offshore Category President. “We have solved a number of things. But we still have a lot of work to do before the start of the season.

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