The competition was fierce at the Super Star Power Boat Race in the pool at the Casa Marina Resort. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

The coronavirus canceled Key West’s powerboat races this year, but the creative community powered through and created a new boat race for charity.

The Super Star Power Boat Races took place on Oct. 4, when teams competed for bragging rights and a towering trophy in a high-stakes, high-performance, fundraising powerboat race to help the community recover from the COVID pandemic.

OK, fine. The boats were remote controlled; the race course was in the pool at the Casa Marina Resort — and the teams’ protein shakes looked a lot like bloody Marys.

The event was part of the Community Wins initiative that’s working to replace the donations lost to the cancellation of Fantasy Fest and other Key West events.

The team from General Horseplay took home the trophy, while the team from the Key West Weekly team  — Masked Media — took second place with young gun Captains Jack Mitchell and Tristan Myers at the helm.

Donations benefitted the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Sister Season Fund, AH Monroe and Samuel’s House.

True to their name, the team from General Horseplay had a blast at the boat races and took home the winning trophy. BRITT MYERS/Keys Weekly
Members of Key West Weekly’s Masked Media team — Tristan Myers, Jack Mitchell and Joe Mitchell — watch the poolside action during the Super Star Power Boat Races. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Former Key West city commissioner Tony ‘Fat’ Yaniz works to maintain control of his vessel. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Race hosts Andy Rosuck and Maureen Holden from the Casa Marina Resort join the fundraising fun at the Super Star Power Boat Races on Oct. 4. BRITT MYERS/Keys Weekly

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