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The Roar Offshore powerboat racing event is going to make a big splash on Fort Myers Beach this October 10-12. 

It was a popular race series in the mid-2000s and now after 13 years, Roar Offshore is back and better than ever.

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

A winner will be crowned at the end of the national championship race. Organizers say there are 65 racing teams ready to compete. A team from Riviera Beach called Miss Geico is eager to take home their 12th win. 

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 will be 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.  

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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:

Monday, Oct. 7

  • 5 to 9 p.m. – Enjoy the Race Week Full Throttle Kick Off Social Mixer from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fresh Catch Bistro. Everyone is welcome. There will be live entertainment, race boats on display, and a tasting experience by Chef Pablo.

Thursday, Oct. 10

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Salty Sam’s Race Village, vendor exhibits and dry pits are open to the public.
  • 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. – Roar Offshore Race Boat Parade onto Fort Myers Beach
  • 6 to 10 p.m. – 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.

Friday, Oct. 11

  • 4 to 9 p.m. – 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.

Saturday, Oct. 12

  • 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Roar Offshore APBA National Championship 

The Complete Offshore Powerboat Racing Event Schedule:

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Monday, Oct. 7

  • 5 to 9 p.m. – Enjoy the Race Week Full Throttle Kick Off Social Mixer from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fresh Catch Bistro. Everyone is welcome. There will be live entertainment, race boats on display, and a tasting experience by Chef Pablo.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

  • Enjoy Fort Myers Beach and the atmosphere surrounding the race. Locals are very excited for it to return to Southwest Florida. At 6 p.m., there will be a volunteer celebration.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Salty Sam’s Race Village will be up and running and ready to welcome the race teams to Fort Myers Beach.
  • Noon to 5 p.m. – Race team registration is open. 

Thursday, Oct. 10

  • Noon to 11 p.m. – Remote parking and shuttle buses to Fort Myers Beach Park and Ride to transfer to Salty Sam’s or Fort Myers Beach, at LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant and Peace Lutheran Church 
  • Sky Bridge closed for parade from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. –  Ribbon cutting ceremony at Salty Sam’s 
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Salty Sam’s Race Village, vendor exhibits and dry pits are open to the public
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Race team registration is open at DiamondHead Beach Resort
  • 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Race boat parade staging on Main Street
  • 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. – Roar Offshore Race Boat Parade onto Fort Myers Beach
  • 6 to 10 p.m. – Roar Offshore street party in Fort Myers Beach’s entertainment district. Catch a glimpse of the boats from Times Square to Nervous Nellie’s and Matanzas Inn. They will be parked on the streets. 
  • 9:45 p.m. – Race Teams leave the street party to return to race village 

Friday, Oct. 11

  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Remote parking and shuttle buses to Fort Myers Beach Park and Ride to transfer to Salty Sam’s or Fort Myers Beach, at LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant and Peace Lutheran Church 
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Salty Sam’s Race Village, vendor exhibits and dry pits are open to the public. 
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cranes are operating and launching race boats, wet pits are open to race teams and race boats are tuned and tested.
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. VIP racer reception and race team meet and greet at DiamondHead Beach Resort
  • 4 to 9 p.m. – 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.

Saturday, Oct. 12

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  – Remote parking and shuttle buses to Fort Myers Beach Park and Ride to transfer to Salty Sam’s or Fort Myers Beach, at CenturyLink Stadium, LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant and Peace Lutheran Church
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Salty Sam’s Race Village, vendor exhibits and dry pits are open to the public
  • 9 a.m. –  Cranes are operating and launching race boats; wet pits and VIP parking are open 
  • 10 a.m. – Roar Offshore VIP pier is open to VIP pass holders
  • 10:30 a.m. – Roar Offshore opening ceremonies at DiamondHead Beach Resort
  • 10:45 a.m. – National Anthem
  • 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Roar Offshore APBA National Championship
  • 11 a.m. to noon –  Class 1-7 races
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. –  Superstock, Super Vee Extreme, Prostock V Races
  • 2 to 3 p.m. – Supercat Races
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. –  Class One and Vee Extreme Races
  • 6:30 p.m. – Roar Offshore Awards Ceremony at DiamondHead Beach Resort
  • 8 p.m. – Turbo Charged Closing Ceremonies at DiamondHead Beach Resort

Sunday, Oct. 13

  • 11 a.m. – OPA racing / Powerboat P1 National Championship Award Ceremonies at DiamondHead Beach Resort

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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 on Fort Myers Beach. 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!

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