Kicking Off The Sarasota Grand Prix
Jun29

Kicking Off The Sarasota Grand Prix

Before the racers hit the water this weekend, the Sarasota Grand Prix is working to raise even more money for local kids. The kickoff party is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival raising money for Suncoast Charities for Children. Over 400 people attended the event to help get the weekend of races started. “What it does is, when it raises the money for the charity it also impacts the lives of...

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Water Support Team: Its a huge responsibility
Jun29

Water Support Team: Its a huge responsibility

SARASOTA- The Water Support Team have a vital role in the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. Service Manager, Joe Catell says they are in charge of everything in the water throughout the weekend. “ It ranges everything from pace boats, we have wildlife mammal observers on the boats, we have medical that are stationed throughout the course, we have course development that we go out and set the course up, set the markers the pillars, all...

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How you can protect marine life at Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix
Jun29

How you can protect marine life at Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

SARASOTA – Becky Sinnreich is the lead marine observer of Powerboat P1 at the Grand Prix. “We’re watching out for dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and technically the small-toothed swordfish but, we don’t really expect to see any of those,” she said. She and her team of five marine observers are making sure the powerboats don’t hurt any marine animals. “I’ll be in a helicopter all day and my team will be on boats, and if we see...

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Friendliest Catch: A day of fishing

SARASOTA- It was a day of fishing and fun on Sarasota Bay for 69 special needs participants. Its all part of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix week long festivities. Don and Kim McGuire are cochairmen of the Friendliest Catch and have participated in the event for 14 years. “We have organized local boat captains to come out, about 40 boat captains to come out to take some of the physically challenge out fishing.” The McGuire’s say...

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STIHL 13 racer Grant Bruggemann prepares for Grand Prix
Jun27

STIHL 13 racer Grant Bruggemann prepares for Grand Prix

BRADENTON – Grant Bruggeman has been racing boats in the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix for years.   “Last time we won in Sarasota was in 2013, 2014 we got second,” Bruggeman, the throttleman of STIHL 13, said. Bruggemann started racing in Sarasota 16 years ago, and he came a long way to do it. “[I’m] originally from Australia, left there when I was 22 and came to the United States,” he said. Now, he’s a 4-year Bradenton resident who...

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Preparing for Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix
Jun22

Preparing for Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

SARASOTA – With the Grand Prix Festival starting this weekend and the races starting next weekend, Sarasota P.D. Sergeant Bruce King says there a few things we should keep in mind. “The biggest thing I would tell you is it’s gonna be busy. It’s gonna be congested so, bring your patience,” King said. In this Florida heat, patience isn’t the only thing you need to bring. “Be hydrated, wear sunscreen,” King said. “You go out to have a...

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