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The world’s largest and fastest super boats will compete on Lake Erie in July

May 17, 2017 10:22AM ● By Today's Family
Super Boat racing is coming back to Lake County this summer when teams from around the world compete in the 2nd annual Super Boat Grand Prix at Headlands Beach in Mentor. Presented by Cleveland Construction, Inc., the ‘Roar off the Shore’ promises to deliver high-speed offshore racing from the world’s largest and fastest super boats.

The fun begins on Friday, July 21 where fans will have the ability to get up close and personal at the dry pits, hosted at the Great Lakes Mall. Race fans can “touch a boat” and meet race teams. The dry pits at the Great Lakes Mall will feature food and entertainment from 4–7 PM. Confirmed food trucks include; Manna, Stone Pelican, River Dog, Flamingo Jacks, and Fawaky Burst. In addition, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza and Chick Fil-A will also be present.

Boat testing and time trials will be held on Saturday, July 22. Boats will be launched in at the Mentor Lagoons Marina with test runs occurring throughout the afternoon along Headlands Beach State Park. Beachgoers will be able to enjoy Headlands BeachFest that same day.

And finally, the racing action will take place on race day, Sunday, July 23, as over 20 world-class super boats compete at speeds approaching 180 mph! The 4.1-mile race course will be set up directly in front of Headlands Beach. Fans on the beach will be able to see all the explosive action and hear the race play-by-play.

“We were extremely pleased with the turnout last year and we look to improve the fan experience this year. We’re working with Super Boat International to broadcast play-by-play of the race directly on the beach so fans can better follow the race,” says event director Shawn Zbasnik. “Fans can also enjoy food, a beer garden, and entertainment between races on the beach.”

Admission is free, but parking will be $10 per car at Headlands Beach on Sunday to help support the event. Parking passes can be purchased at the Great Lakes Mall dry pits on Friday July 22, 2017.

Whether you watch the races from Headlands Beach or on a boat, fun will be had by all!

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About Super Boat International

Super Boat International (SBI) is the leading North American professional powerboat organization founded by John Carbonell. Teams from all around the world compete May through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. SBI produces week-long race events including entertainment, kilo races and distance records throughout the United States, South America and the Bahamas. Races include the world’s fastest Vee-bottom and Catamaran style powerboats, reaching speeds in excess of 180 mph. In the first quarter of both 2015 and 2016, Super Boat International Offshore Racing television coverage has been nationally broadcasted on NBC Sports showcasing the previous year’s world championship event.

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