Offshore Grand Prix postponed until June 2021

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Driver Chris Uzzalina and throttle man Mark Rinda power the North Myrtle Beach RV Resort ProStock Vee boat during last years Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix that was held on Sunday June 16, 2019. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — This summer’s Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix has been rescheduled for June 11, 12 and 13 of 2021, according to a news release by New Jersey Offshore Powerboat Racing Association [NJOPRA].

“2020 has turned into a year like no other. Businesses have been busy helping the community and emergency essential employees by getting food to them and keeping their staff employed,” reads the release. “This had made finding title sponsorship for this year’s event impossible.”

The event, which was originally scheduled for June 2020, was rescheduled twice in hopes to hold the event this summer.

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According to organizers, the race was postponed until next year because of the hardship in finding sponsors and the pandemic regulations for crowds.

“All involved in the planning of the 2020 Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix have decided that the best thing to do is postpone the race until 2021,” the release reads. 

“There probably is no single race more famous than the Benihana Offshore Grand Prix, and for many fans summer would not be complete without the boat race weekend of events,” organizers said in a release in June. “But as life changed everywhere and so many more crucial and important issues kept changing every day, the race was put on hold,” the release reads.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have tried to hold the race, working through hardships and more. 

Mayor Paul Kanitra, Offshore Powerboat Association President Ed Smith and NJOPRA President Toni Potthoff worked together on finding a race date that they thought would work and benefit everyone. They hoped September would be the date for the race, but it didn’t work out.

NJOPRA is an all-volunteer, not for profit group and has organized the race in Point Pleasant Beach since 1969.

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