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OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE: MAY 11, 2020
ST. CLAIR AND SARASOTA POSTPONE UNTIL NEXT YEAR
On the heels of last week’s announcement surrounding the postponement of Michigan City’s race until next year, both St. Clair, MI and Sarasota, FL have followed suit announcing today that they will do the same. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the concern for safety is on everyone’s mind. This along with the lack of international race teams able to participate, and limited support from sponsors until more guidelines are announced pertaining to social distancing, weighed in on their decision.
Steve Brunner, President of Blue Water Offshore Racing Association in St. Clair stated: “Keeping the health and safety of spectators, participants, officials and our community is first and foremost in our planning efforts. Bob Currier, Race Control Director in St. Clair added: “This difficult decision follows guidance for the health and safety of our event from the CDC and Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. We are looking forward to a vibrant 2021 season as the 4th race in the APBA Offshore National Championship Series.”
Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director of Suncoast Charities for Children, which is the local charity that has produced the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival for 35 years added: “In an effort to protect the integrity of our race site and show respect to our sponsors, coupled with continued concerns surrounding managing proper social distancing and safety, we felt it would be in the best interest of everyone to postpone until next year.” Visit Sarasota County is the Presenting Sponsor for the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. Shelby Connett, Director of Sports for Visit Sarasota stated: “We fully support the decision made by Suncoast Charities for Children and agree that the safety of participants and fans always comes first. Sports tourism revenues, generated from large events like the Grand Prix, are extremely important. However, we understand the necessity for organizers to postpone not only for safety reasons, but also to ensure their ability to continue producing high-quality events in our community for years to come.”
For more updates on this year’s entire race schedule visit either of these websites:
2021 APBA Offshore National Championship Race Calendar
DUE TO COMMUNITY CALENDAR EVENT POLICIES THERE WILL BE A WEEK IN BETWEEN THE ST. CLAIR, MI AND MICHIGAN CITY, IN RACE ON NEXT YEAR’S RACE