Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Hires Executive Director

As reported earlier this week on LakeExpo.com, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout board of directors announced the hiring of Christy Janssen as the new executive director for the popular Midwest performance boat event. Janssen, originally from Quincy, Ill., resides part-time in Osage Beach, Mo., and will be relocating as a full-time resident in May. She is no stranger to the Shootout and has participated in many of the events that surround the annual boat race in August each year.

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Christy Janssen is excited to be heavily involved in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri. Photo courtesy LakeExpo.com

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Delight Inside The Rev-X Stable

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Among the best in their separates disciplines, top-speed shootout ace Vern Gilbert and world champion offshore racer Brit Lilly swear by the products of their shared sponsor. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Though they come from entirely different high-performance boating worlds, Brit Lilly and Vern Gilbert have a lot in common. First and foremost, they share a need a need for speed on the water.

For Lilly, who lives in Maryland, that need manifests itself in offshore powerboat racing, where he claimed yet another Super Boat International Superboat-Class World Championship in Key West, Fla., last week. Gilbert, who calls Arizona home, on the other hand, finds the satisfaction he craves in top-speed events such as the Lake of the Ozarks Shoot in Central Missouri, where he ran 182 mph in his open cockpit 40-foot Skater catamaran in August.

And both are sponsored by Rev-X Oil, which started in the automotive diesel power market and began its foray into the high-performance marine lubrication and additive market a couple of years ago.

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Race World Offshore Releases 2018 Schedule

During its first official press conference last Thursday evening in Key West, Fla., the organizers of Race World Offshore announced their 2018 event schedule. The organization sent the schedule via email to speedonthewater.com in a press release today.

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Offshore racers Peter Meyer, Billy Mauff and Steve Curtis were on hand at the Race World Offshore press event to honor fellow offshore racer and Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats principal Joe Sgro. Photo courtesy/copyright Race World Offshore.

Here’s a quick at RWO slate of events next year.

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Sgro Wake And Funeral Arrangements Set

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Joe Sgro (left) with Dan Kleitz, Mike Fiore and Steve Curtis during the 2014 Buffalo Poker Run. Photo copyright Speedonthewater.com

A wake and funeral have been scheduled for Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats principal Joe Sgro, who died last Thursday from injuries sustained in a boating accident in Marathon, Fla., during the Florida Powerboat Key West Poker Run. Friends and acquaintances of the 63-year-old performance-boat industry and offshore racing veteran are welcome.

Wake
Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Massapequa Funeral Home
4980 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park, N.Y. 11762
516-882-8200

Funeral
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.
St. Barnabas Church
2320 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, N.Y. 11710
516-785-0054

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Outerlimits General Counsel Issues Statement on Joe Sgro

Frank Sciacca, the general counsel for Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I., issued the following statement this afternoon on the death of company president Joe Sgro yesterday. The statement reads as follows:

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 Joe Sgro (third from left) with Mike Fiore (left), Nigel Hook (right) and an unidentified racer during the Powerboat P1 Malta Grand Prix of the Sea.

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Outerlimits’s Joe Sgro In Critical Condition After Powerboat Crash

Story update: Dr. Michael Janssen, a close friend of Joe Sgro and a longtime Outerlimits customer, reported via telephone at 4:38 p.m. that Sgro has died. During the emergency medical flight from Marathon to Miami, his conditioned worsened. They were forced to land at a closer medical facility and his life could not be saved.

Joe Sgro the principal of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I., was seriously injured today in a crash in his 50-foot canopied Outerlimits V-bottom during the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run. According to several reports, the 50-footer rolled near the Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club in Marathon, Fla.

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Shown here during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, this 52-foot Outerlimits was involved in crash today that left Joe Sgro critically injured. 

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Big Thunder Plans to Show Off 32-Foot Cat in Key West and Englewood

Hopefully Ed Champion and Jim Watson of Big Thunder Marine were getting close to settling in for the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run by the time my flight landed in Miami this afternoon.

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The Big Thunder 32 Cat is going to be part of this week's Key West Poker Run. Photos courtesy Big Thunder Marine

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