Friday, June 17, 2011

OFFSHORE EVENTS: 2011 Bimini Challenge

Story by Matt Trulio

Every event has a personality, most often a product of its location and promoters. This weekend’s Sunny Isles Beach Offshore Challenge is, well, sunny, and not just because it happens in North Miami in June. Event founders Brad Schoenwald and Larry Goldman put their hearts, souls and wallets into it. They’ve created a festival with a family atmosphere and endless entertainment on and off the water.

New renovated and expanded, Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino plays host, and it’s a fine one, for the weekend’s off-water activities. Centrally located in Hallendale, nearby the wet pits in Haulover Park, the Race Village is paved, clean and loaded with eye-candy—South Florida women, exotic cars and motorcycles and (oh yeah) an excellent array of race boats. It’s a motorhead’s delight.

On the water, the event is a trifecta of high-performance powerboating that offers something for everyone—yesterday’s Miami-Bimini Challenge endurance run, today’s Florida Powerboat Club Poker Run and tomorrow’s Offshore Powerboat Association race that has attracted an impressive fleet. Parties in the Gulfstream courtyard, rock and roll, food and drink. What more could race fans ask? Read more...


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