For the best high-performance boat event of the year, look no further than central Missouri.
Donâ€™t get me wrong, I flat out love covering the annual Super Boat International Offshore World Championships. I mean, whatâ€™s not to love about a week in Key West, Fla., in mid-November? Thatâ€™s usually when the weather gets dicey in the San Francisco Bay areaâ€”where I liveâ€”so covering the Key West Worlds presents a nice getaway, even if it is â€œwork.â€
But for me the Key West Worlds are more about reconnecting with the people I know in the offshore powerboat racing community than watching the races. Thatâ€™s because since the 1999 and 2000 seasons, the event has been in a steady declineâ€”for a number of reasonsâ€”so much so that last year pleasure boats from the Florida Powerboat Club outnumbered race boats by at least three to oneÂ …Â Details & Pictures
Dave Scott wins 2009 Captain Ron’s Shootout in Lake of the Ozarks. Winning speed 196 MPH
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Powerboat racers from across the U.S. and Canada are speeding toward the Bluff City for this weekend’s 2nd Annual Memphis International Riverfront Regatta. Three days of action start on Friday as racers and fans converge on Tom Lee Park.
Last year, racers and organizers agreed it was a perfect match to have the fastest powerboats compete on the biggest river in the United States. This year, all involved in staging the Memphis Riverfront Regatta are hoping to maintain their mutual admirationÂ Â …Â Details