The Key West Power Boat race is recognized around the world as the biggest offshore racing event. This years line up of boats appears to be the biggest yet. These boats include many classes, Superboat Unlimiteds, multiple turbine, Superboats and many others.
This race is all about endurance. The three races were held Wednesday and Friday with the final race on Sunday. The first two race days the boats only do 1/2 the number of laps they will do on Sunday.
“I think we are going to have quite a lot of big boats here this coming weekend and that’s what people want to see.” – John Carbonell, President of Super Boat International and a Key West local
Racers and boats started arriving Sunday and a parade was held that started at the Truman Waterfront and went down Duval Street.
Race watchers on the beach.
Sunday was the final and longest of the races held at this event. In the first race of the day, a boat was said to have hit an underwater hazard and flipped. All on board were recovered safely and the race continued.
Around the Hair Pin Turn
This years Zombie Ride was the biggest yet. The annual ride put on by Wecycle started 4 years ago. The first year about 150 riders turned up, the next year it was 300 and last year it was 3,000. Attendance was predicted to be between 4,000 – 5,000, but it turned out to be over 7,500.
The ride starts in front of Wecycle, located on Stock Island, and runs around the island making a stop at Salute’s on Higgs Beach and ends down at Fogarty’s on Duval Street.
As you can see it’s a beautiful ride as the sun sets. This shot is on the south side of the island heading west.
Seems everyone had a great time. If you want to attend next year the link is at the top of this post.
This weekend was the annual Key West Poker Run.
For those of you who don’t know, The Poker Run is an event for bikers. They drive down from the mainland and make 5 stops at various businesses along the keys to draw a playing card. Each biker then arrives in Key West and presents his ‘hand’ to the even officials and the biker with the best hand wins.
The whole thing started about 40 years ago when Phil Peterson and the Key West Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea to help business during the normally slow month of September. The first event had about 46 riders and this year’s turnout is expected to be over 10,000.
The event brings in millions of dollars to the Key West economy. Also benefiting from the event are the Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from the riders.
The City of Key West closes off parts of Duval Street to allow the bikers to park along the street creating an impromptu bike show. Bikers are charged a fee to park and the proceeds go to charity.
I saw this one parked in front of Jack Flats so I had to post this tweet when I saw it.
Here is the official web site if you want more information or maybe plan on visiting during the event next year.
by Robert E Kraus
Lobster Mini Season, that yearly two day long frenzy, came to a close yesterday. I’ve been on the water and watched amped up tourists AND locals race around in boats trying to locate the critters. Here are a few good tweets from the folks who participated.
This guy seems to have collected his share and then some.