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Roar Off the Shore Returns

Jul 10, 2018 02:59PM

Powerboat racing returns to Lake County this summer when teams from around the world compete in the 3rd annual Mentor Powerboat Grand Prix at Headlands Beach in Mentor, Ohio. Presented by Cleveland Construction, Inc, the ‘Roar off the Shore’ promises to once again deliver high-speed offshore racing from the world’s largest and fastest powerboat boats.

The weekend of fun begins on Friday July 20 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 the boats and meet race teams. Boats will be launched in at the Mentor Lagoons Marina on Saturday July 21 with test runs occurring on the water throughout the afternoon along Headlands Beach State Park.

New this year is a Boat Block Party in Downtown Willoughby scheduled for Saturday evening (July 21) from 7:30PM to 10:00PM directly on Erie Street. The event will feature an opportunity see the boats up close while enjoying all that historic Downtown Willoughby has to offer.

And finally, the racing action will take place on Sunday July 22, as over 20 world-class powerboat duel head-to-head at speeds approaching 180 mph! The 4.1-mile race course will be setup 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. The first race will take place at 12 noon on Sunday July 22.

“Race World Offshore is sanctioning this year's races. We are expecting 20 powerboat race teams to battle it out for the checkered flag,” says event director Shawn Zbasnik. “The race continues to offer an exciting weekend of events the entire family can enjoy. Fans can enjoy food, a beer garden, and entertainment between races on the beach.”

CBS Sports will feature a one-hour post event special of the Cleveland Construction’s Mentor Offshore Grand Prix races that will air on Sunday, January 22, 2019 at 10AM. The program will air in all 50 states with a reach of 65 million households giving “Remarkable” Lake County and the event sponsors national exposure.

“This unique event provides a great opportunity for Lake County to shine,” says Ante Logarusic, community relations administrator for the city of Mentor, “Visitors come in for the race and also get a chance to see all of the other great attractions we have to offer.”

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 20, 2017.

For more information and updates visit www.offshoreracingmentor.com  or www.raceworldoffshore.global.