Offshore Powerboat Boat Racing

Atlantic City hosts "Lightning In The Water" OPA Event Sept. 19

By Lori Hoffman
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The Miss Geico has been clocked at 210 mpg.

Trump Entertainment has teamed up with Geico Racing to host the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) “Lightning on the Water” race on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Organizers of "Lightning on the Water" are hoping the event will not only become a fixture on the annual summer race card, but the featured event of the series.

“Lightning on the Water” will promise onlookers the thrill of seeing missile-fast watercraft up close and personal. Everyone from die-hard powerboat racing fans to casual by-passers will enjoy the sights and sounds of some of the premier powerboat teams. The event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, the races will start at noon and run until approximately 4pm.

More than 50 participants will compete in six different divisions. The boats will race on a four-mile oval going from approximately Delaware Ave. on the north end to Albany Ave. on the south end. Viewing will be excellent anywhere along the racecourse as the boats will be about 100 yards offshore.

"We’re thrilled to be working with OPA and Geico to bring this premier racing event to Atlantic City,” says Mark Juliano, CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts. “An event like this is a great opportunity for us to further market Atlantic City as a viable destination and offer visitors exciting experiences well after Labor Day.”

Observers will get to see what this sport is all about: meticulously engineered watercraft propelling across the water at breakneck speed. When the teams aren’t vying for the grand prize of $50,000, the public is invited to explore the racing boats up close at the Dry Pits from 10am–5 pm on Saturday, September 18. As many as fifty boats will be staged at Trump Marina adjacent to the Frank S. Farley State Marina.

It’s a rare opportunity to get a bird’s-eye glimpse into these lightning-fast professional powerboats. It’s also a chance to meet the teams and take part in the festival atmosphere. It will be a very active day as boats get craned in and out of the water as they go out to take practice laps on the racecourse.

In addition to the races, the crowd will see how the Miss Geico earned its reputation as a rocket ship on the water. The Miss Geico has reached speeds of 210 MPH.

Versus Network will be on hand to televise the event, which is truly an international affair. The highly competitive field features racers from all over the globe—even as far as Qatar.

New Jersey Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (NJOPRA), the club organizing land and water operations for this event is seeking volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer as a patrol boat or large turn boat please contact Dave Patnaude through the Web site. If you are interested in volunteering in the pit area or as a scorer on race day please contact Toni Potthoff at the Web site. Check out some video: 

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