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Weather-delayed boat races returning

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Greg Olson,

Published 4:37 am CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Weather-delayed boat races returning

The rain was able to delay, but it won’t stop, nationally sanctioned powerboat races from returning this year.


The original schedule had the races coming to Lake Jacksonville the same weekend remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon threatened to bring strong thunderstorms and 6 inches or more of rain to the region.

Organizers hope it will be smooth sailing for the new dates, Sept. 28–29.

The National Boat Racing Association/Outboard Drivers Association are bringing the races to the lake. It is the sixth annual event.


“We’re very pleased to have this boat-racing group back at Lake Jacksonville for the sixth time,” said Tom Winner of Jacksonville, event coordinator and vice president of The Heart of Jacksonville.

“I think people enjoy the multicolored boats,” Winner said. “Some people think the powerboats are noisy, but to others, it’s music to their ears.”


Winner said the powerboats’ speeds range from 55 to 100 mph, depending on motor size, boat style and water conditions.

The afternoon of Sept. 28, boat racers will test and tune their boats.

“Testing and tuning is a fun thing to watch because it’s when boaters try to attain maximum speeds out of their boats,” Winner said.


There will be a free pizza party sponsored by The Heart of Jacksonville at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the campground near the boat dock. Following that, Tim and Tammie Welch and Friends will play music in the boat dock parking lot.

The free boat-racing event will start at 11 a.m. Sept. 29. There will be a band and free chicken wings at 5:30 p.m. that day.


Greg Olson can be reached at 217–245–6121, ext. 1224, or on Twitter @JCNews_Greg.

Originally published at on September 18, 2018.

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