The Roar Offshore powerboat racing event always make a big splash on Fort Myers Beach It was a popular race series in the mid-2000s and is bigger and better than ever.

Enjoy the beautiful town of Fort Myers Beach and watch powerboats whoosh by you at a cool 180 mph. There are events and parties celebrating the offshore powerboat races. See the boats up close, meet like-minded boat lovers and enjoy a true Southwest Florida vacation by the water.  

A winner is crowned at the end of the national championship race. There are typically more than 60 racing teams.

Spectators will be able to catch a glimpse of the national race from anywhere along Fort Myers Beach, from mid-island to the pier. 

Along with the Offshore Powerboat Association Nationals, the RoarOffshore Racing event on Fort Myers Beach is the last of the six-race American Power Boat Association (APBA) Offshore Championship Series. 

The Roar Offshore Powerboat Race wouldn’t have been possible without Mike Shepherd, Tim Hill and his wife, Cyndee.  

Where Can I Watch the Fort Myers Beach Offshore Powerboat Racing Event

Where Can I Watch the Fort Myers Beach Offshore Powerboat Racing Event?

Offshore Powerboat Racing Schedule

The organizers of the offshore powerboat racing event have been promoting it since last year. There are also a number of events you and your loved ones can enjoy a few days before the race starts on Oct. 10. Arrive a few days early and there will be plenty for you and your loved ones to do.

Top Race Events Include:

  • Enjoying the Race Week Full Throttle Kick Off Social Mixer. There is live entertainment, race boats on display, and a tasting experience by Chef Pablo.
  • Salty Sam’s Race Village offers vendor exhibits and dry pits  that are open to the public
  • A Roar Offshore Race Boat Parade on Fort Myers Beach
  • A Roar Offshore street party in Fort Myers Beach’s entertainment district. Boats are parked on the streets from Times Square to Nervous Nellie’s and Matanzas Inn.
  • A Roar Offshore Festival of Speed at Salty Sam’s Race Village. There will be a race team meet and greet in the pits, vendor exhibits, live entertainment on the Salty Sam’s Race Village stage, and car and motorcycle displays.
  • The Roar Offshore APBA National Championship 

What Does the Offshore Powerboat Racing Event Mean for SWFL

What Does the Offshore Powerboat Racing Event Mean for SWFL?

The race’s organizers estimate that the race will bring up to 70,000 spectators to Fort Myers Beach. Not to mention adding upwards of $6 million back into the local economy.

Stay in a Royal Shell Vacation Rental on Fort Myers Beach

If you’re visiting Southwest Florida for the Roar Offshore Powerboat Races, there is no better place to stay than in Fort Myers Beach vacation rentals. You won’t be far from the action and all of the celebrations leading up to to the race, and you may even be able to catch a view of the race from your vacation rental.

When you’re not watching the race or attending an award ceremony, don’t be shy — check out the water. Try a Southwest Florida boat rental from Port Sanibel Marina, or a shelling and lunch excursion to Cayo Costa. The weather is beautiful in October. Take advantage of it when you’re not enjoying the race and let us know what adventures you find. If you need help planning a memorable vacation, our Vacation Planning Advisors are happy to help! Contact us and book a vacation today.