Yes, every year most people talk of how great Key West is, but I rarely hear them positively comment on the races. Thank goodness there's at least SOMETHING to watch, but you obviously know it could be MUCH better.
I hear more people talk fondly of the combined races a few years ago than any other racing event in the last 10 years. That's money being left on the table for no good reason that I've heard. You couldn't even get a spot to STAND that weekend. What a blast!
I know quite a few of us would like to try racing, but I steer clear purely because it confuses the hell out of me and I'm not even involved yet. It's been a childhood dream of mine to compete and win a race of any kind, so I hope positive progress gets made for the sport so that I can live out that fantasy someday.
Last edited by BLee; 11-13-2008 at 03:31 PM. Reason: Spelling as always!
Hell yeah man. The "decision" was made long ago, but the sport itself isn't where I'd like it to be yet. I'd like to race in a class with as many as 15-20 boats, rather than 3-5. Taking nothing away from the work the current champs put in, I think it would be more rewarding to compete against EVERYONE.
Win or lose, I'd damn sure have a great time doing it!
Just to throw my .2 cents in here.
I first started watching offshore races when SBR came to LOTO in '93, since then I've been hooked. The next year I went to Key West for the first time. I went to Key West that year to see the race boats, didn't even know about poker run boats then. Of course, that year and the year after were two of the best years for racing in Key West with over 100 boats.
I went to Key West for the races 3 times in the 90's. Since then, I have been going to Key West for the races but if the poker run boats weren't there I probably wouldn't go. To me, they are the real show now.
Don't get me wrong, I love race boats, but they are not the show anymore. Until things change in offshore and the orgs get together, Key West will always be a poker run with race baots sprinkled in.
P.S. Gino, if your assessment of the interaction between JC, Larry, and yourself is true, then that is sad.
Yeah those girls are hot...but arent we talking about watching high performance boats race or poker run.
I still think that offshore powerboat racing has the potential to be a very popular motorsport.
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