Organized go-fast boating events get scarce in September. The reasons are simple: Kids go back to school. College football gets real. Major League Baseball finally gets interesting. Late afternoons and evenings begin to get chilly. Among even the most fanatical performance-boat enthusiasts, September is a month of distractions off the water.
There are exceptions, of course, and two of the most noteworthy events are out West on Colorado River-fed waterways.
Set this year for September 12-14, the Lake Powell Challenge consistently lives up to its “greatest boating event at the greatest venue” tagline and has become the September’s most popular go-fast boating event. The event attracts participants from around the country to its Antelope Point Marina home-base in Paige, Ariz., and it’s fair to say that no event in the country boasts more spectacular scenery. Towering cliffs above much of the vast waterway make the boats below seem tiny.
Almost all of the Lake Powell Challenge participants stay on houseboats at Antelope Point Marina. Though the houseboat village is less raucous and more family friendly than those at a couple of other notable go-fast boating events, it is decidedly casual and welcoming.