On October 1-3, 2010 scuba divers will compete in underwater races around the Benwood artificial reef in Key Largo, FL. The Wes Skiles Memorial Shootout will be the 3rd stop on the 2010 Formula H2O racing circuit and will honor diving innovator and underwater photographer Wes Skiles. Brought to you by the Wreck Racing League, Formula H2O racing is the new action packed, underwater sport featuring divers racing around the superstructure of artificial reefs using Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV), or scooters. Visit the Wreck Racing League website for registration.
This three day event kicks off at Shipwrecks in Key Largo, FL on Friday October 1st with the Racer’s meeting at 7:00 PM. Join the Wreck Racing League to learn about the race including rules and regulations, race course, and photo contest. The Marina Del Mar hotel will serve as the Wreck Racing League’s headquarters for the Wes Skiles Memorial Shootout and is offering special discounts for race participants until September 28th, 2010. Visit wreckracingleague.com for booking information.
On Saturday, October 2nd at 9:00 AM racers and the general public will have the opportunity to attend a scooter and DPV demo event at the Marina Del Mar. Following the demo, boats will depart from Atlantis Dive Center in Key Largo for race practice and scooter test drives. Contact Spencer Slate at Atlantis Dive Center for charter information.
On Sunday, October 3rd, Formula H2O racers will compete in the Wes Skiles Memorial Shootout at the Benwood wreck site. Award ceremony to follow, location TBA. Race participation and test drives are open to anyone over the age of 18. Spectators of all ages are welcome at all events to cheer on the racers.
To honor Wes Skiles and his passion for underwater photography the Wreck Racing League and Formula H2O presents a photo and video contest to challenge and inspire underwater photographers. See wreckracingleague.com for contest rules including, formatting, uploading, and voting.
Please visit the race website at wreckracingleague.com for registration and more information. All interested DPV manufacturers or distributors, as well as anyone interested in competing or participating in this event, should contact Natalie Oriente at (239) 464-5932 or email@example.com.
Just in case you’re still wondering what underwater racing is…
David Ulloa and I had just surfaced from the practice race around the wreck of the Tracy, off the coast of Ft Lauderdale, Florida. I got him to explain what Formula H2O is, and why he’s participating.
Which Gulf Coast Beaches Are Still Open?
With the Gulf Coast Oil Spill still not being contained, and now with Hurricane Season upon us, beach conditions are changing daily. Hurricane Alex missed the part of the gulf over the slick, but created waves that pushed more oil ashore.
So far it seems the slick has made it as far away as Destin, Florida. Some beaches are still open, but you can’t go out into the water. In some places, the whole beach is closed.
In the meantime, if you’re headed to the beach and want to know which ones are closed before you make the trip, check out this USA Today map that updates daily. It has layers you can check to see where you can fish, where animals have beached and which beaches have advisories issued.
Thankfully Hurricane Alex didn’t bring the oil any closer to Texas where I live, but Florida, the other state I would love to live in is being seriously impacted. It won’t be long till it makes it to Clearwater and devastates the Manatee’s and all the other local wildlife.
We’re supposed to go Deep Sea Fishing off the Houston Coast next weekend. Guess I’ll be using the map to see if we can still actually go deep sea fishing before we make the drive to Houston. I love fishing, but I’m not sure I’d really want to eat anything I caught right now….