Several people have expressed concerns regarding boat racing on the Manatee River. I am neither pro nor con on this subject.
The previous writers have expressed concerns regarding possible injury to the aquatic life of the river. The facts of the situation do not support this hypothesis.
Manatees are not at risk as the river temperature in late January averages 63 F, which is far below the 68 F survival temperature for manatees!
There are no live manatees in the river in late January!
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F1 class boats are small, 20-feet long outboard powered hydroplanes. As such, they draw less that one foot of water. It is very unlikely that any marine animals will be injured.
These boats are not the 40-foot, double or triple V8-powered, open-exhaust thunder boats run in open water.
William C. Follmer