OPA World Championships
Sat, Nov 20 & Sun, Nov 21, 2021, 10 AM to 4 PM
Speed, Power and Excitement comes to Englewood, Florida! Watch thrilling offshore powerboat racing from Englewood Beach as boats gather points for the world championship races! This is the World Championships for OPA Racing (Offshore Powerboat Association) with 2019’s count of 75+ boats running at speeds up to and over 150 miles per hour.
Last year, race teams not only competed for a World Championship Prize Purse but also for a piece of the $10,000 Geico Triple Crown purse. There really is no holding back for the race teams for the last race of the season.
For a complete schedule of OPA events, visit the OPA Website.
As more information becomes available, we will update the “Schedule Of Events”.
Saturday and Sunday, races start at approximately 10 AM, and the gate opens at 9 AM.
Race fans are encouraged to visit Waterfest Village on Englewood Beach during practice days on Friday and also all day on Saturday and Sunday.
The Family Conservation Center
Sat, Nov 20 & Sun, Nov 21, 10 AM to 4 PM
Mote Marine Laboratory will have six exhibits at Englewood Beach WaterFest on November 20 & 21, 2021 in the new Family Conservation Center sponsored by the Ron & Matt Smith Agency of State Farm Insurance. The exhibits are:
- FIN-TASTIC FRIENDS – Learn the truth about the often misunderstood sharks and rays and about Mote’s current research to discover more about these amazing animals.
- FLORIDA WATERSHEDS – What kinds of native animals live in your backyard? Learn about some of our remarkable native residents such as gators, birds and river otters. Discover what is harming our local watersheds and what you can do to protect them.
- MARINE CSI – Learn about Mote’s team of experts who investigate animal standings. Compare a dolphin and manatee skull, feel real dolphin bones and see if you can learn how to solve the case.
- SPINELESS SEA – What do a sea star, a whelk, a horseshoe crab and a squid have in common? Learn some of the weird and wacky adaptations of the spineless sea, and how to protect them and help keep them in the ocean where they belong.
- TURTELY TURTLES – How many kinds of sea turtles are there? How long do sea turtles really live? Learn the answers to these questions, feel a turtle skull and shell and even take a peak inside a replica sea turtle nest.
- RADICAL REEFS – Are corals plants, animals or minerals? Learn about these fascinating ecosystems and the important work Mote scientists are doing to study, protect and restore our planet’s coral reefs.
Also scheduled to exhibit in addition to Mote:
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Peace River Wildlife Center with Luna the Owl
- E.Y.E. on Nature Book Reading
- Barrier Island State Park Society
- Friends of Stump Pass
- Wildlife Center of Venice
- Josh the Otter
- Lemon Bay Conservancy
- Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Other Children’s Activities scheduled:
- Face Painting
- Photo Booth
- The Butterfly Encounter
- Build a Boat
- Sand Art
- Scavenger Hunt
Expand your family’s marine life education and conservation efforts. Bring the whole family to The Family Conservation Center at Englewood Beach during the Englewood Beach Waterfest, Nov. 20 & 21, 2021.
Watch this space or our Waterfest Facebook event for more information as it becomes available!
Waterfest Beach Oasis
Cantina & Food Court
Come for the Races and the Family Conservation Center and enjoy the food!
Directly on the beach under tents, local restaurants will offer their Seafood and regional cuisine including many of your local favorites. Waterfest will have special fare for the children as well. Throughout the Food Court we will also have all types of traditional festival foods like funnel cakes, snow cones, popcorn, pretzels, ice cream and other delicacies you will enjoy.
What would a festival be without adult beverages? Waterfest will have beer, wine and mixed drinks this year throughout Waterfest Village. We will also be serving our signature specially priced, “Raceday cocktail” you don’t want to miss. This year we once again partner with the extended team at The Lighthouse Grill to bring you these delicious drinks!
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