Reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour the super speedboats of the Suncoast Grand Prix drew a visceral reaction from a large crowd of onlookers in Sarasota on Sunday.
The event is referred to by the locals as the city's Superbowl.
"When those boats run it's just incredible," said spectator Rudi Hamvai. "You can really feel it."
The annual event had Lido Beach packed with boating enthusiasts with a need for speed and in search of a good time.
One of the best things about the SGP was the dress code employed by most of those in attendance – swimwear and flip-flops.
Mallory Kearney said it was the perfect way to gear up for the upcoming Fourth of July Holiday.
"It is coming here with your friends and family and just celebrating," Kearney said.
Unfortunately last week's Tropical Storm Debby caused significant beach erosion on Lido. The affects did have some impact on the amount of space for spectators.
Erosion issues were very visible near the Lido Beach Pavilion causing onlookers to pack the shore.
In spite of the decreased space those who came out for the event didn't seem to mind much.
"There's a lot less [space] definitely," said spectator Amy Chapman. "No one seems to care; we're all just here for the same thing – a good time."
The 2011 Suncoast Grand Prix paid off with an economic impact of nearly $13 million for the region.
It seems to be a winning formula – big boats, big crowds for big dollars.
Rebecca Bolletti has been living in the area most of her life and is a big fan of the event.
"I've lived in Sarasota for 45 years and I think this is one of the best things that happens to our community," she said.
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