A boat race in Marathon Key brings the speed (includes video story)

Boat racing has been happening in Marathon Key for decades on and off, but Race World Offshore recently became involved, and this is the second year of the Marathon 7-Mile Offshore Grand Prix.

Spectators lined up along the iconic 7-mile bridge to see boats of many classes complete over two days. From the slow bracket classes to the large Super Cats, there was a wide range of boats. 

Offshore Powerboats can have two or sometimes three people onboard. “You have no choice in a boat like this” was the response from Super Cat throttleman Anthony Smith: “No one person could do all this, it would be impossible.”

Smith is part of a Super Cat race team with his son Anthony. They build most of their equipment in-house and make modifications to their boat to get the edge on their competitors. 

If you want to witness these feats of skill in person, just look on Race World Offshores’ website to see when they will be closest to you. Their next race will be in Cocoa Beach for the first round of the Class One Powerboat season.  

Dylan Pezet is a student at Florida International University studying Digital Communications and Broadcast Media. He joined Caplin News in the Spring of 2024 in hopes of improving his TV-production craft so that after graduation he may be able to get a job with the NHRA as a track reporter/announcer.