News ~ 2014
2014 OPA Winter Awards Banquet
January 20, 2014

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Please join us on February 8th, 2014 at 7:00 pm for the OPA Awards Banquet. The Banquet is being held at the Oyster Creek Inn located in Leeds Point, NJ which is conveniently located 20 minutes from Atlantic City.​​

This year's National Champions are: PhoenixParts.com, Lighthouse Racing, Typhoon, Cleveland Construction, Bull on the Beach, Velocity Racing, Pushin-Tin, Wazzup II & Molson Muscle.

The Stugots Cup will be leaving New Jersey and going to Michigan as the High Points Champion is Cleveland Construction.

And let's not forget about the The Biggest, The Baddest and The Heaviest Trophy in all of Offshore Racing, "The Godfather Cup". This trophy you have to earn. Recipient of the "Godfather Cup" will be announced at the awards banquet.

The cost of the dinner is $70 per person, drinks not included. The dress code is business casual which means no ripped up jeans. Pay at the door! Cash only! NO credit cards! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT is provided.​​

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JIMMY WELSH AWARD
January 12, 2014

Dear OPA Racing Member,

At the Awards Party on February 8th, OPA will add a new award that will honor one exceptional team member….possibly your team member.

Last year we lost one of our most beloved family members, Jimmy Welsh. You might remember Jimmy better by the name “Trophy Bitch” from Team Typhoon. If you didn’t know Jimmy, please view this video, you’ll see him at the 18:50 mark, http://www.oparacing.org/2011_sunny_isles_tv.html.

Jimmy was dedicated to our sport, his team and his friends and now we’d like to honor one of your team members that displayed similar qualities throughout this past year. This will be the only award that OPA gives out to a non racing member of our family, so it’s a very special award. Now it’s up to you to tell us who should win it.

As the team owner, if you would like to see this honor bestowed upon one of your team members, it’s up to you to tell us who and why. Please take a few minutes and write a short story about your most dedicated team member and what they did during this past year to deserve this award. Make it good and maybe they’ll win. You’ll find out who wins at the awards party…so bring your crew.

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2014 Capsule Training Sessions
January 24, 2014

THERE WILL BE TWO SAFETY CELL CERTIFICATION DATES ON: SATURDAY MARCH 8th, 2014 & SATURDAY APRIL 5th, 2014

COST: $35.00 FOR APBA MEMBERS; $40.00 FOR OPA MEMBERS w/ SWIM TEST (offshore only); $ 20.00 FOR SWIM TEST ONLY (offshore only)

NEW LOCATION: LANSE CREUSE HIGH SCHOOL POOL (38495 LANSE CREUSE ST., HARRISON TWP,MI 48045) (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM ) SHARP I-94 TO METRO PARKWAY EAST ( EXIT #236 ); TO THE FIRST LIGHT (CROCKER) TURN LEFT UP 2 BLOCKS; RIGHT ON LANSE CREUSE DOWN 600 FEET ON THE RIGHT
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Six-B Apparels Returns as Partner for 2014
February 5, 2014

Six-B Apparel is excited to partner with OPA Racing this year as the Official Apparel Supplier. Six-B Apparelis offering all of the teams great pricing on their team uniforms (see details below) as part of this program. Six-B Apparel is one of the United States premier clothing suppliers to race teams.

Six B Apparel is the premiere source when it comes to custom dye sublimated crew apparel.

They are the factory, therefore they are able to offer no minimums for orders. They also have an in house award winning art department for all of your design needs.  As you well know a great product, great price, and customer service are a rare trio these days. With that being said, we would love to earn everyones business by offering all three.
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OPA Awards Banquet Six-B Apparel Door Prize
February 7, 2014

As you may be aware of Six-B Apparel has returned to partner with OPA Racing this year as the Official Apparel Supplier.

As an added BONUS, Six-B Apparel is giving away 4 Free Crew Shirts with Design Time included as a Door Prize at the 2014 OPA Awards Banquet. Make sure you get your ticket at the Racers Meeting or Awards Banquet. (You must attend the awards banquet to enter and only 1 entry per team.)

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OPA Winter Awards Banquet Celebration
February 11, 2014

Coming off a very successful 2013 season, the OPA Teams once again converged in Galloway Township in New Jersey to hold their annual meeting and Awards Party.

During the meeting, Ed “Smitty” Smith, President of OPA, announced the unification with APBA. In attendance was Dan Weiner who explained many of the benefits to this unification. Following the announcement, Smitty went over safety recommendations & requirements for all boats; the criteria has been changed for the High-Points Champions; and a new criteria will be amended for the Jimmy Welsh Trophy for the 2014 season. OPA will continue to red flag races whenever there is an incident on the course. Once the course is clear, the race will be restarted. Smitty also announced that Super Cat.....

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OPA Is Now Part of APBA Offshore
February 11, 2014

After more than a dozen years of producing Offshore Racing events, OPA Racing (Offshore Powerboat Association) has joined forces with American Power Boat Association in order to bolster the ranks within APBA’s Offshore Category.

“We see this as a very positive move for our teams and the sport in general” said Ed (Smitty) Smith, President of OPA. “By joining with the APBA, several things happen. Our teams are now eligible for the APBA Hall of Champions, we can now promote joint events with other APBA categories to enhance our product at our race sites, we can establish globally recognized speed runs and we have the exclusive rights to the APBA Offshore sanction within Region one, two, three, four and six. The sport has been so fractioned that it was time to do something to help put it back together.”.....

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Biloxi's Smokin' the Sound Welcomes OPA Racing
April 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

With the Offshore Performance Association (OPA) joining forces with the American Power Boat Association(APBA) last month with the goal of making Offshore Powerboat Racing a stronger force, results are already coming in. OPA Racing is proud to announce the addition of Biloxi's "Smokin the Sound" to its newly formed Divisional series. The race will take place later this month on the pristine Gulf Shores of Biloxi, Mississippi along Casino Row between April 24th through the 27th, 2014.

"We are so pleased to have Biloxi on board with OPA Racing! Yes the amount of time we have to organize has put a strain on things, however, with Woody Bailey and his staff hosting races since 2004, ......

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