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Little did I know since I wasn’t at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for the third annual Lake Race last weekend that Team Wicked—a team I knew nothing about—was made up of a local engine authority and his son competing in their very first race. That explains why there was no information for Team Wicked on the Offshore Powerboat Association website when I was working on my race recap for speedonthewater.com on Monday.

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In their first race, Jim and Mitchell Watson drove their 40-foot Skater to a second-place finish. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

Come to find out, the founder of Ozarks Speed and Marine in Camdenton, Mo., decided it was time to resurrect his 1992 40-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran—the well-traveled original Recovery boat owned by notable offshore racer Stuart Hayim. And in its first race, the father-and-son team of Jim and Mitchell Watson finished second in Class 2 behind Eliot Gray and Shawn Vinson in their Batman-themed 44-foot MTI powered by twin 1,075-hp Mercury Racing engines.

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