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Orange Beach Alabama had several days of Offshore Powerboat Racing when the World Championship Races were held here this November.
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It was a very exciting race that spanned several days with many different classes. Adding to the excitement was the spinning and sinking of one of the boats. Photos below.

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These incredible roaring boats had to contend with 10 ft. swells that were spaced too far apart to jump from ridge to ridge, so the rough water took it's toll on several boats.

Orange Beach had incredible weather for this event--sunny days averaging about 10 degrees above normal for this time of the year.

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Programs were available on Orange Beach.

The race was delayed about one hour on Sunday due to the rough water, but it was no big deal since lounging about the perfect sunny, swim suit weather was heavenly anyway.

The Wet Docks were located on Alabama Point. Two huge cranes raised and lowered the boats from the trailers into the water. The Lucas boat is being placed on it's trailer in this shot.

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Here is a photo of that same boat racing in the Gulf of Mexico
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This is Gary Nichol's "Live Bait" boat being lifted by the crane--our home town hero for bringing Offshore Powerboat Racing to Orange Beach Alabama

And here is the Live Bait boat racing in the Gulf
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The Tommy Bahama boat at the Wet Docks near the beautiful, curving
Orange Beach-Perdido Key Bridge

Plenty of helicopters were on hand to spot the boats.
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One of the power boats in Sunday's Races hit the water 'wrong' spun a couple of times and ended up SINKING !  It was not very sunny by late afternoon, so the photos were difficult to get.

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Here you can see other boats racing past the sinking yellow boat with is sticking up out of the water right of center.

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The last little bit of the front tip of the boat is just above the black arrow.

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Finally after the races ended, the boat was towed with great difficulty back to the Wet Dock area. This happened right in front of Silver Beach and Enclave Condos and the spectators on Orange Beach.

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We look forward to more exciting Offshore Powerboat Racing here on our bit of paradise on the Gulf Coast.

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