The 2014 offshore Super Boat racing season was kicked off on Friday Aprill 11th, here on Manasota Key. After a parade through the streets of Punta Gorda, the super boats found their way to the festival site on Englewood Beach.
At the wannaB inn, we have a full house of vacationers, race fans and media. All here to enjoy the excitement of super boat racing.
Safety is paramount to these racers, and David Harshfield, who heads up the Dive Rescue team, and his crew conducted “Dunk Testing” in the Sea Star pool on Friday and Saturday. The safety team consists of firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and divers. In these mandatory tests, the driver is strapped into a device which simulates a boat cockpit. He is given an oxygen supply, and instructions on how to escape the boat safely should they capsize. The device is then tipped upside down, and as the driver follows the directions he has been given, he exits the “cockpit” safely. A small crowd of guests gathered to watch and listen as the super boat teams went through the dunking.
In the photo to the right, Richard "Wheels" Bieluwka, Throttle of the boat "Rolling Vengeance" prepares for his dunk test.
At the wannaB inn, we were proud to be able to assist the Rescue Team, by providing them a boat slip. David Harschfield is shown here with his boat, "Huntress" just after launching her from our ramp.
All day Saturday, boats of all sizes paraded through the beautiful "no wake" stretch of Ski Alley toward Stump Pass, and guests had a front row seat. Super Boats and recreational boaters filled the Alley, as the Super Boats made their way to the off shore area for their timed trials.
It was a beautiful sunny day, with gentle breezes, and the wannaB guests enjoyed the excitement on both sides of our beautiful Manasota Key.
Additional Media Coverage of the Charlotte Harbor Super Race Grand Prix
Plan a "Stretch Weekend" at Weston’s wannaB inn during the weekends of April 4th, May 16th or June 6th - check-in early, and leave late!
For those three weekends only, you can check-in early as early as noon on Friday, and check-out as late as 5 p.m. on Sunday.
During each of these weekends, on Friday, at 6 p.m. gather around the boat launch and listen to Captain Chris O’Neill from Tail Chaser Charters as he shares insights about fishing our waters.
Captain Chris is a charter fishing captain, the host of Reel Salt Water Outdoors Radio Show, and a frequent guide on Mark Davis’ Big Water Adventures. These informative presentations are for guests only.
Friday, April 4th, his talk will be “Maximizing the Springtime Snook and Redfish Migration.”
Anyone who has spent time fishing the waters here at the tip of Manasota Key knows that the snook and redfish love this place as much as we do.
Friday May 16th his presentation will be “Targeting the Prolific Tarpon Along the Gulf Coast.”
Everyone knows that Boca Grande Pass is the world’s best Tarpon fishing, but the Tarpon fishing right off our shores is fabulous. On May 16th, from 4 to 6 Chris will conducta live broadcast of his radio show from our docks. At 6 he will present his Tarpon talk, and then from 7 to 9 we'll cook up some hotdogs and hamburgers and have a chance to kick off the summer season properly. Softdrinks and water will be served, but of course you can BYOB. All of this is for resort guests only, so make your reservations early, because we are filling up fast!
On June 6th Chris will speak about "Early Summer Migrational Species in the Gulf."
Stretch Weekend terms are based upon availability and apply only during the weekends of April 4th, May 16th, and June 6th, 2014