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  • Englewood Beach OPA World Championships Scrubbed

    The axe falls, but organizers expect the event to come back bigger and better next year,

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    Story Update

    Approximately 15 minutes after this story went live, Nick Smith, the vice president of the Offshore Powerboat Association, posted the following on the organization’s Facebook page:

    “The longstanding world championship venue, Englewood Beach Waterfest, has been forced to cancel the 2020 event. We are all deeply saddened by the news, as the venue has served as OPA’s finale for a long time.

    “With that being said, we are pleased to announce Jeff McCann confirmed today that they will be beginning plans to host the world championships in November in lieu of Englewood. Having raced in Morehead City, N.C., this past weekend. The operation is still fresh in everyone's mind. OPA is confident that we will be able to capture lightning in bottle for the second time this season at the Crystal Coast. Running a race twice in one season is unprecedented in offshore racing, but drastic times call for drastic measures.

    The official date of the race is unknown at this current time, but will be in November, and made official later this week. Please bear with us as we work through this, we are more than excited to have the opportunity. We will be updating the details of this regularly in the coming weeks and look forward to returning to Morehead City.”