Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Without question, the overall Top Gun trophy winner will always claim the spotlight at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. And with the Gun title with a 217-mph run this time around, the 28th annual speed contest on the popular Central Missouri waterway was no exception. In just one pass on the liquid-mile course during two days of competition, Mystic founder John Cosker and new Mystic C5000 catamaran owner Slug Hefner (read the story on page 41) backed up American Ethanol’s 2015 Top Gun victory.
But for a number of reasons—one of them tragic (read the sidebar on page 68) but outside of the Shootout itself—this year’s event was so much more.
Consider this: In a dangerous game traditionally dominated by men, 10 women—Kristy Kaczan, Leslie Miller, Yvonne Aleman and Tristan Garvin (who ran as a team in Devin Wozencraft’s outboard engine-powered 30-foot Skater catamaran), Summer “Mrs. Swoop” Richardson, Carrie Sixkiller, Carolyn Dorris, Brandi Johnson, Nikki Amos and Angele Bantle—competed.
Sisters are definitely doing it for themselves at the Shootout.