Super Boat Grand Prix

 Super Boat Grand Prix Gasse
Guests of the wannaB inn were treated to front row seats of the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix.  Here the Super Boat "Gasse" is seen returning from it's run in the Gulf.  The alley to Stump Pass called "Ski Alley" runs by the wannaB docks.  Here it is a no-wake zone, so the spectators were treated to a parade of Super Boats.
Gasse, was the winner of Sunday's race in the Super Boat Unlimited Category.  To see all results Click Here to visit the Super Boat International site.
A live feed from the race was broadcast from our beautiful Nautilus Building, Unit 417. You can enjoy a replay of these feeds and the breathtaking views from the best seat in the house for races or sunsets.

The 2014 offshore Super Boat racing season was kicked off on Friday Aprill 11th, here on Manasota Key. After a parade through the streets of Punta Gorda, the super boats found their way to the festival site on Englewood Beach.

At the wannaB inn, we have a full house of vacationers, race fans and media. All here to enjoy the excitement of super boat racing.

dunk testing

Safety is paramount to these racers, and David Harshfield, who heads up the Dive Rescue team, and his crew conducted “Dunk Testing” in the Sea Star pool on Friday and Saturday. The safety team consists of firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and divers. In these mandatory tests, the driver is strapped into a device which simulates a boat cockpit. He is given an oxygen supply, and instructions on how to escape the boat safely should they capsize. The device is then tipped upside down, and as the driver follows the directions he has been given, he exits the “cockpit” safely. A small crowd of guests gathered to watch and listen as the super boat teams went through the dunking.

In the photo to the right, Richard "Wheels" Bieluwka, Throttle of the boat "Rolling Vengeance" prepares for his dunk test.


At the wannaB inn, we were proud to be able to assist the Rescue Team, by providing them a boat slip.  David Harschfield is shown here with his boat, "Huntress" just after launching her from our ramp.


All day Saturday, boats of all sizes paraded through the beautiful "no wake" stretch of Ski Alley toward Stump Pass, and guests had a front row seat.  Super Boats and recreational boaters filled the Alley, as the Super Boats made their way to the off shore area for their timed trials.

boat race spectators

It was a beautiful sunny day, with gentle breezes, and the wannaB guests enjoyed the excitement on both sides of our beautiful Manasota Key.



 Additional Media Coverage of the Charlotte Harbor Super Race Grand Prix

The Storch Report - "Manasota Key Musings by Don Storch"