The boats for the Super Boat International Grand Prix at Englewood Beach will be launched at Chadwick Park Just across from the festival site and behind the White Elephant restaurant.
The boats will be lifted by a crane from their trailers and placed in about 5 to 6 feet of water which leads to what locals know as ‘ski ally,’ but is a part of Lemon Bay. From there they will motor a short distance south to the Stump Pass inlet and into the Gulf of Mexico where the race teams will do their testing runs on Saturday and race on Sunday.
The race course begins around Weston’s WannaB Inn and heads north past the Englewood Beach complex. If you click on the third picture above it will enlarge giving you a better view of the race course.
From my perch, as some would say, at the Down Under Bar at the Gulf View Grill, I observed more boats arrive, along with additional Porta Potty’s, five of our finest Charlotte County Sheriffs on bikes, two on Segways, the shuttle buses from parking locations were arriving this AM, Charlottte Fire, EMS and police were on the scene.
Traffic was continuing to flow slowly, but the true test will be Saturday and Sunday when the shuttle buses are engaged to bring people onto the island from 11 off-key parking locations.
The only change noted on the restaurant scene is that Lock & Key Pub and Flounders have gone to free valet parking.