There probably is no single race more famous than the “Benihana Offshore Grand Prix", and for many fans summer would not be complete without the boat race week-end of events. The 2020 Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix was scheduled for June 12, 13, 14. Mayor Paul Kanitra and the race committee of New Jersey Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (NJOPRA) had a very productive meeting in February to start planning this year’s event. But as life changed everywhere and so many more crucial and important issues kept changing everyday, the race was put on hold.

Mayor Kanitra, Ed “Smitty” Smith, president of OPA Racing (the sanctioning group for the race) and Toni Potthoff, President of NJOPRA worked together on finding a race date that would work and benefit everyone.

After reviewing the race circuit schedule and considering the task of keeping the beach and boardwalk safe during the busy summer season with the new social guideline, it was decided by all… let’s keep the summer going and schedule race week-end at the end of September. The 2020 Race dates are September 25, 26, 27. Planning is starting to take shape as NJOPRA works to secure sponsorship, locations, and events.

On a very sad note NJOPRA mourns the passing of Ken and Norma Keller. Norma was probably our biggest race fan and we will miss her smile and how excited she was each year to have the launch area at Ken’s Landing. Our sympathy goes out to her family.

NJOPRA is an all-volunteer, not for profit group. NJOPRA has been the organizers of the race in Point Pleasant Beach since powerboat racing started here in 1969.