Our purpose is to promote and endorse Ocean Sports Markets in particular the sport of Offshore Powerboat Racing thru informative articles and open discussion. We welcome constructive input from individuals, teams, sanctioning bodies, any who care about the advancement of the sport. Thank you and we hope you will join us in this effort.


Racing Rules Must Be Rewritten To Include Bacon

As one who has been around the ocean sports industry for a long time, I was inspired by the prolific writings of ‘Anonymous’, on the related social media pages / forums recently, regarding the new Offshore Powerboat Racing League – OPRL to be a truly successful racing organization, OPRL must re-write the Rule Book for 2019 to include; you must consume bacon at a three to one ratio to your kale consumption. Or not less than a quarter pound of bacon each calendar race day. READ MORE


Needlemyer’s Three Wishes . . .

Note: Before you get your ‘Tommys’ in a wad this is personal opinion, and as always, there may be one or two exceptions and certain controversy.

OK, as much as I want to say 2019 is going to be a new season and I see sporting things will be different, the stark reality is that it appears to be more of the same for Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing’s team owners, racing crews, event promoters, commercial partners, sponsors, true believers and a small but vitally important fan base. And worse yet, unless there is real change, it means more of the same from most, not all, of the sports recognized (active) US sanctioning and governing bodies whose leadership and administration continues ‘functioning’ on the margins when it comes to what is best for the commercial aspects of the Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing sport and more importantly its racing participants on all levels.

I rue the fact that the ‘sanctioning bodies’ frequently deny responsibility for race product, demand creation (marketing), promotion and sponsorship, yet deem the proprietary World Finals / Worlds Championships events as the only Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing events that matter and continue to treat most North American dues paying Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing team owners, racers and racing interests as the second-class. Yes, certainly there are exceptions but the exceptions are in the single digits and would not take up more than the space of a three-line sentence.

The absurdities of the current Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing situation are debilitating to contain and tiresome to endure.

Do I wish things were different? Yes, of course. I only want what is best for the sport . . .

I wish that the current league of Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing had more creativity and diversity of thought, and most important, a qualified leadership team as opposed to that one totally dedicated person doing all they can and a bit more, but it’s never enough… that would give Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing a legitimate commercial reason (commercial viability) for being that went beyond the status quo.

I wish the league of Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing in the US would effectively assist in the creation of celebrity of its ownership teams and drivers, garner more than a footnote of attention beyond the woeful mentions they get in the ‘trades’, local newsprint, social media or VOD, when and if any. And here, you and I know it could get far more coverage if the ‘sanctioning / officiating bodies’ were to take the lead, function as they know how to, and promote the Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing sport on a continental (North American) level.

I wish Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing in the US would take control of itself, form the referenced league, get back on a course to prosperity, and take a strong and fundamental look at what Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing is to the performance powerboat segment of the marine industry and what Open Water / Ocean Powerboat Racing needs to be to remain viable in the foreseeable future.

But until there is substantial change, a coming together of process and common objectives, my three wishes remain as the quintessential definition of mental masturbation.

And now, remembering my curfew, its back to the ship with a cold Pacifico - Captain M. Needlemeyer


The FUTURE of Offshore Powerboat Racing

Offshore Powerboat Racing’s future success, in the US, shouldn’t hinge on becoming a faux interpretation of any other water craft racing discipline just to achieve relevance again. Offshore Powerboat Racing in the US still has all the necessary resources to become a highly sought after and desired series of sporting events... It has the historical legacy, it has a treasure trove of evocative names, as well as some exciting new names. US Offshore Powerboat Racing has access to some of the best design, engineering, and engine building talent in the world… talent capable of a renaissance befitting the celebration and business of the sport.

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
Charles Darwin

Offshore Powerboat Racing’s governance, sports management groups and or sanctioning bodies A, B and C, need to ask themselves the following hard question; What is Offshore Powerboat Racing? Better yet, what should Offshore Powerboat Racing be going forward? Then, instead of paying lip service to the sport they need to fully subscribe to the necessary redevelopment, because Offshore Powerboat Racing has resonance and power and a genuine historical legacy that could and should become the foundation for commercial and sporting greatness again. But unless and until there is a strategic shift in governance and management’s thinking, Offshore Powerboat Racing is destined to tread water for years to come. 


CAUTION: Before you get too far into this Off-White-Paper, please know it is fantasy cultivated in the aged and warped mind of the Captain!


Do I wish it were true? Hell yes, I do!

Over this past 2018 racing season there have been major changes in the sport of open water powerboat racing, aka; offshore powerboat racing. And, perhaps best of all during the season the changes included the merger of the creditable and ‘functioning’ racing series despite each having their own distinct cultures, personalities and challenges.

Most would say it’s an overnight success; but it has been at least fifteen years in the making. It is definitely a high-risk move considering the self-serving nature of the sport’s major participants... Egos had to be put aside, attitudes corrected, vest-pocket deals exposed, self-serving commercial interests had to be altered and quite frankly, some people didn't make the cut. It was anything but easy. The process stretched business relationships, friendships and at least two marriages, but if this merger is treated physically, intellectually and psychically with respect, and if it is well subscribed to by the key team principals it will no doubt be wildly successful. READ MORE

From time to time, the ol’ Captain is going to say what the brandishing hordes and the sports elite do not want me to say. It may be interesting to some… I am sure it will be annoying as Hell to others. Until then the men in white coats are here with an ice cold Pacifico (cerveza) and a ride back to the ship; as a matter of health and safety, I am not allowed anywhere on shore after sunset. OPA

Michigan City Grand Prix Sets All-time Record For Earnings and Attendance

MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA – The Big Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Great Lakes Grand Prix powerboat race celebrated its milestone 10 th anniversary last month with yet another milestone – visitors to the event pumped more than $12.4 million into LaPorte County’s economy, the highest amount ever and $2 million more than last year’s event. In addition, a report summarizing the figures, released by the Visit Michigan City LaPorte, shows an all-time high attendance of more than 190,000 people for the three-day event, held Aug. 2-5. READ MORE


CART vs. IRL: Who Won the War?

The following is an article written in 2004 by Bob Zeller for Road and Track. It chronicles the creation of the IRL and the reasoning behind the creation. The lessons could be applied today to . . . READ MORE

Ken Miller Race Photos

We will be featuring the photos of Ken Miller in our Gallery section. While we complete our work if you would like to see additional pictures of a certain race team or race event, please view more of Ken's work at MillerRacePhotos.com

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World Championship

Saturday November 17th and Sunday, November 18th, multiple classes of Offshore Race Boats take to the race course off Englewood Beach in Englewood. Hear the roar of massive horsepower converted to pure speed on the water by world-class throttle men and drivers with exciting hull-to-hull racing at speeds exceeding 200 mph. Englewood Beach Waterfest

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Presenting - Scuderia Cazzani

Cazzani is re-entering the fray after a long hiatus. He has teamed up with Herb Stotler Racing . . . READ MORE

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Claudia Hoyser

Indie modern country artist Claudia Hoyser is picking up steam and quickly capturing hearts in the U.S., as well as the U.K., with her organic, swaggery, and sultry sound. READ MORE

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Captain David Harshfield

Captain Harshfield began his association with Offshore Powerboat Racing in 1992 as a Rescue Boat Captain and Rescue Diver with Super Boat International. READ MORE

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Pahokee Outpost

Opening the Winter of 2018. www.pahokeeoutpost.com

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The ICON A5 reinvents recreational aviation, and lets you bring the exhilaration of flight to life like never before. READ MORE


Commercial Participation and Sponsorship in Transition

We see it continually transitioning through the traditional sponsorship models; it's a global thing and not necessarily unique to the sport of powerboat racing. The corporate marketing people are looking at greater engagement, a tangible and developed race product along with return on investment. There's a monetization shift that goes with that and we fully understand it.

So, from that, we want to work with selected team owners in taking the redundancy out of how we have traditionally gone to market with limited success. It's going to take a lot from all of us, but to succeed, where others are not doing well, we must engage with the markets, our 'subscribed-team-owners' and with the participating venues, so all understand the challenges and the economics. This is important to a more stable platform allowing us to work on the objectives that achieve our mutual interests and commercial goals.

The words Inform Engage Promote anchor the brand promise: it's a priority to keep our participating Race Teams informed on topics critical to mutual success. And, to maintain this priority and numerous other priorities, we are developing a Communications and Lifestyle Media program.

To be specifically included in this marketing and communications program please provide: a) your contact information, b) team name, c) team principal, d) race class, e) email address, f) list of current sponsors, g) a copy of your current sponsorship solicitation, h) race boat photo.

Thank you. We look forward to your participation and our mutual success.

Please send all to RogerBerkon@OPAMarkets.com


Open Water Powerboat Racing And Lifestyle Advert Campaign To Boost Beverage Brand In US

A new series of commercial spots, tied to Open Water Powerboat Racing in 2019, is being developed to build and maximize a beverage brand’s recognition and sales volume in the US!

According to J. Garcia, the VP of Brands and Marketing, the brand is over 100 years old, and still growing, now she feels there is an urgent need to build brand awareness in the US.

The Open Water Powerboat Racing Lifestyle commercials are tentatively scheduled to debut the 5th of February leading up to the 2020 Miami International Boat Show. The planned thirty second commercials are the first electronic media ads for this brand in over three decades.

“The decision to return to television and the Internet started as a discussion about our desire for a corporate rebrand, with Roger Berkon, at the Resorts World Bimini Offshore Powerboat Gran Prix in 2017. That event and further discussion opened us up to the numerous possibilities. We looked at our media mix in a very different way causing us to shift away from our primarily tabloid trade print to TV sports advertising”, said Juanita Garcia.

There are multiple components to the association with the Open Water Powerboat Racing lifestyle, including promotion during broadcasts, the possible sponsorship of a co-branded Race of Champions and numerous branding opportunities at the race sites. The campaign intends to entertain fans, host beverage retailers and distributor prospects, while building brand awareness at each of at least six proposed Open Water Powerboat Racing events.

The Open Water Powerboat Racing Lifestyle theme of the commercial spots will be carried throughout multiple media, including print, social and digital, as well as select trade shows and key in-person on site celebrity events. Two state of the art, canopied, race boats symbolizing the brand, sport and lifestyle are to be featured across the creative. The boats, being considered, are to be shown in a variety of settings and locations you might not expect to see them, such as a major construction site, a large manufacturing facility, a brewery, a soccer stadium, a winter sport resort and a NASCAR speedway.

“It is an exciting way of (brand-tba) illustrating our commitment to building the consumer relationship and getting to know and better understand our US customers,” says Ms. Garcia.”


Victory Team Set For Trans-Atlantic Presence

Dubai: The Class One boats of Victory Team are bracing up for a trans-Atlantic challenge as they prepare for the Super Boat International (SBI) to be held in Key West, Florida in USA at the end of the year.

SBI is the leading North American professional powerboat organisation for Class One powerboats founded by John Carbonell with teams from all around the world competing from May through October in the National Series Points races. The concluding round is the famous Key West World Championships that are scheduled to be held from November 4-11 this year. READ MORE


Pahokee Outpost Gran Prix To Be Rescheduled In 2019 . . .

The Pahokee Outpost Offshore Powerboat Gran Prix - Lake Okeechobee is to be rescheduled to a date in 2019. All involved with the production of this event and the redevelopment of this soon to be great marina facility including Everglades Reserve Holdings, the State of Florida and Palm Beach County have done all they could to meet the deadlines… Various lesser ‘governing body’ officials have been slow to perform and grant authorizations in a timely manner causing delays in the State of Florida granting possession and allowing completion.

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