Ocean City Today

Power Boat Race looks to return for three days in June

Last two years event in fall canceled due to weather
By Brian Gilliland | Feb 08, 2018

(Feb. 9, 2018) Previously held in the fall, the Offshore Powerboat Association National Championship Offshore Power Boat Race has been moved to June this year, and the county will be providing it the same facilities it had used in the past.

The event had to be canceled in 2016 and 2017 because of weather conditions, though the event has been held in the past.

Lisa Challenger, tourism director, requested use of two-thirds of the West Ocean City commercial boat harbor parking lot during the race, scheduled for June 22-25 this year.

Worcester County Recreation and Parks will provide barriers to mark the portions of the lot under use by the powerboat racers.

Challenger said she expects between 4,000 and 6,000 attendees.

Commissioner Bud Church said the powerboat race was a great event, and it brought a many people into Worcester County to view and to participate in the races. He made the motion to approve the request, which was unanimously accepted.

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