Thunder on Cocoa Beach – The Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix is almost here. Get ready for more off-shore power boat race action than you can handle on Cocoa Beach from May 15th – May 19th, 2013. Race weekend kicks of with an early VIP Sponsor Party on Wednesday, May 15th at Juice N’ Java Cafe in Downtown Cocoa Beach from 6pm – 11pm. Party-goers can enjoy live music plus complimentary food, beer, wine and soft drinks.
Race Director Kerry Bartlett told us, “This is our 4th annual race and we’re expecting this year’s Thunder on Cocoa Beach to be bigger and better than ever. We’ve got more boats lined up than last year and have added some awesome new perks for our VIP Pass holders.”
These new perks for VIP Pass holders include premium race viewing now in three locations – the Cocoa Beach Pier, Lori Wilson Park and Alan Shepard Park. Each of these premium viewing areas has their own VIP Hospitality tent that will be serving complimentary food, beer, wine and soft drinks. The hospitality tents also have tiered seating so you won’t miss a minute of the off-shore power boat race action.
The parties continue throughout the weekend with a special VIP Party Thursday, May 16th in Port Canaveral; a VIP Party at Coconuts on the Beach and Street Party in Downtown Cocoa Beach on Friday, May 17th; a VIP Party Saturday, May 18th in Port Canaveral which includes a bikini contest and a live concert by country star Blake Wise; and an After Race Party at Mambo’s in the International Palms Hotel in Cocoa Beach featuring Jamaikin Me Crazy.
The Saturday night bikini contest and concert in Port Canaveral featuring country star Blake Wise is free to the public. VIP Pass holders will enjoy complimentary access to the concert’s hospitality tent that will provide seating plus complimentary food, beer, wine and soft drinks.
You can get a preview of all the race action on Saturday, May 18th from 12pm – 5pm during preliminary testing. The boats will be launched from the Wet Hot Pits next to Bluepoints Marina in Port Canaveral and will test run out past the jetty at Jetty Park. The best places to view the boats during their test runs is from the decks at any of the great restaurants in the Port such as Milliken’s Reef, Baja Tavern & Eats, Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill or Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar.
Sunday, May 19th is race day. Premium viewing areas and hospitality tents are set up at the Cocoa Beach Pier, Alan Shepard Park and Lori Wilson Park. The boats will launch from the wet hot pits next to Bluepoints Marina in Port Canaveral, travel through the Port, turning south at the Jetty at Jetty Park. The start & finish line are off-shore from Alan Shepard Park at the end of State Road 520/E. Cocoa Beach Causeway. The boats start at Alan Shepard Park heading South to Turn #1 off-shore from Lori Wilson Park and then heading North to Turn #2 at the Cocoa Beach Pier. The races are run in two heats. Race one begins at 12pm and race 2 begins shortly after at 1:30pm. Immediately following the end of each race the boats will return to the wet hot pits in Port Canaveral.
To complete race weekend, the awards ceremony will be held in Port Canaveral at 5pm on Sunday, May 19th. There will also be an after race party at Mambo’s at the International Palms Hotel in Cocoa Beach featuring Jamaikin Me Crazy from 4pm – 10pm on race day.
For more information on Thunder on Cocoa Beach – The Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix visit ThunderOnCocoaBeach.com
Races are sanctioned by Super Boat International. For more information visit SuperBoat.com.