Despite the endless bickering and politics among racers and organizers that always have and always will define offshore powerboat racing, the sport is—in its finest moments—truly awesome to watch. And from the exotic hardware in the pits on Truman Annex to the nonstop party on Duval Street, there is no better place to watch and experience it than Key West, Fla.

Scheduled this year for Nov. 4-11, the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships are to offshore racing what the Indianapolis 500 is to open-wheel automobile racing. It’s a benchmark event that draws racers and fans from not just around the country, but from all over the world.

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