Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

Crowd on Lido Beach for the Super Boat Grand Prix in SarasotaHeld for more than three decades in the waters off of Sarasota, the annual boat races on the Gulf of Mexico (formerly known as the Suncoast Offshore) returns to Sarasota in July as part of a series of boat racing events. Sarasota's events are scheduled for June 25th - July 4th, 2016 to benefit the Suncoast Charities for Children. Volunteer Hot Line: (941) 487-7904 x103. Events to take place in Sarasota include  concerts, powerboat displays and more.

Even though the Powerboat Grand Prix race is only two days, there is more than a week of events leading up to the races, including the 4th of July fireworks in downtown Sarasota.

If you're coming to Lido Beach for the boat races, be sure to get there early. The parking lots at the beach fill up before 8am on Boat Race Day. There is plenty of parking at St. Armands Circle and the side streets near the beach and it's only a short walk to Lido Beach for the Powerboat Grand Prix Race from there.

Per City of Sarasota ordinance, Lido Beach is closed from 11:00 p.m. until Sunrise. The Sarasota Police Department will not allow access to Lido Beach before sunrise and no personal property may be left out on the beach overnight.

Take the SCAT #4 Bus (Saturday Only) :40 past the hour from downtown to Lido Beach or the #18 Bus or Coquina Beach Trolley :05 past the hour to St. Armands Circle.

For Hotels book online or - Call toll free in the US: 1-800-611-7450.

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Events

Saturday June 25:
Golf tournament kickoff for the Sarasota Powerboat Grand PrixGolf Classic

Laurel Oak Country Club Charity Golf Tournament
Registration 7:00 a.m. / Shotgun Start 8:30 a.m.
Foursome & Hole Sponsorship - $650
Foursome Only - $500
Hole Sponsorship Only $150
Scramble Format - Includes Lunch and Award Presentation

Registration Form

Sunday June 26

Cars on display at Lakewood Ranch Main StreetFestival Car Show and Expo

Lakewood Ranch Main Street
10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
50/50 - Dash Plaques - Prizes
$15 Entry In Advance / $20 Day of Show - For Info: collectorcarstv@verizon.net

Boat & Personal Watercraft "Fun Run" On Sarasota Bay

Marina Jack Registration: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Last Boat In At 3 p.m.
$20 pp - Includes event shirt and lunch at Marina Jack after
All vessels must check back into Marina Jack by 3 p.m.

Finz Finds "A Ride in the Park" Motorcycle Charity Ride

Registration 10 a.m. - Noon at Sarasota Ford
$20 pp - Includes continental breakfast, lunch at Marina Jack, and free event shirt!
Every rider gets a chance to "roll the dice" for $500 in cash prizes

Tuesday June 28:

Sarasota Yacht Club in Sarasota Florida"Grand Prix By The Sea" Festival Kickoff

Sarasota Yacht Club
6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
$100 pp (plus fees) - Cocktail Casual Attire (No Jeans or Shorts)
Food Stations - Open Bar - Valet Parking - Select Auction Items

Events Cont.

Wednesday  June 29:

"The Friendliest Catch" Fishing Tournament

(Invitation Only Private Event)

"Fleming's Fan Fest" With Local Race Teams

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Free Admission 
Offering "5-6-7" Happy Hour Menu / Cash Bar
2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, Florida 34239

Friday  July 1:

Dry Pits - 10th St. (Van Wezel Parking Lot)

Stop by the dry pits and meet some of the race teams. Where most race sites charge admission to the dry pits, it's free at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix! There will be shade, food vendors and a full bar available. Watch the boats dropped into the water at the ramps across the channel.  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

"Meet & Greet Who's In The Drivers Seat"

Hyatt Regency Sarasota - Ballroom
10:30 a.m. until Noon.
$5 Adults - Children 12 and Under Free
Participating race teams will be signing autographs and providing giveaway items to guests.

"Boats On Main" Block Party

(Between Orange & Palm Avenues. Lemon Avenue between First St. & State St.)
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Vendors - Food - Race Boats on Display
6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Live Music: Luna Blue - Tampa Rock Cover Band

Saturday July 2:

Dry Pits - 10th St. (Van Wezel Parking Lot)

Stop by the dry pits and meet some of the race teams. Where most race sites charge admission to the dry pits, it's free at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix! There will be shade, food vendors and a full bar available. Watch the boats dropped into the water at the ramps across the channel.  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Superstock & Aqua X Races

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Race Viewing Lido Beach

9:00 - 9:45 P1 AquaX Pro Enduro Race 1
9:45 - 10:30 P1 AquaX AM Enduro Race 1
10:45 - 11:45 P1 SuperStock Race 1 & 2
2:00 - 3:00 P1 SuperStock Race 3 & 4
3:00 - 3:45 P1 AquaX Pro Enduro Race 2
3:45 - 4:30 P1 AquaX AM Enduro Race 2

VIP Race Viewing at Sandcastle Resort*

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Ticketed Event

Sunday July 3:

Dry Pits - 10th St. (Van Wezel Parking Lot)

Stop by the dry pits and meet some of the race teams. Where most race sites charge admission to the dry pits, it's free at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix! There will be shade, food vendors and a full bar available. Watch the boats dropped into the water at the ramps across the channel.  9:00 a.m. - Race Awards Podium

Powerboat, Aqua X, Superstock Races

Suncoast Powerboat Grand Prix at Lido BeachGulf of Mexico Viewing from Lido Beach.

  • 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Course runs from New Pass to Big Pass.
    9:30 - 9:45 P1 AquaX Pro Enduro Race 3
    9:45 - 10:30 P1 AquaX AM Enduro Race 3
    11:00 - 12:15 Sarasota Grand Prix Invitational Classes Cat Lite (SuperStock), Super Vee Lite, P1 - 311
    12:15 - 1:30 Sarasota Grand Prix Invitational Classes Super Cat, Super Vee Extreme (Super Unlimited), Extreme Unlimited (Super Unlimited)
    2:00 - 3:15 Sarasota Grand Prix Invitational Classes P4 - 7
    3:15 - 3:45 P1 SuperStock Race 5
VIP Race Viewing at Sandcastle Resort*

9:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
*Ticketed Event

Race Awards Ceremony
  • 5 p.m. - Open to Public
    Centennial Park