After the Sun N Fun Homecoming Parade and lunch, we headed to the Bradenton waterfront along the Manatee River with Ken and Cheryl and Joe and Jeanne (friends from our 2011 Alaska RV caravan)
This was a new experience for all six of us as we'd never seen them other than on television.
First were the jet ski races where the qualifers accelerated to more than 70 mph along the straightaways.
Then came the Formula-2 powerboats whose speeds on the straightaways of the rectangular course exceeded 120 mph.
As in competitive crew racing, the boats are held at a dock until the moment the starter's gun sounds to ensure a fair start.
By then, the white No. 2 boat had taken an early lead …
Aside from the race, my fascination with people-watching and recording their poingnet moments continued unabated.
and my favorite
All in all … a great day later capped off by another glorious sunset.