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Offshore At The Ozarks Organizers Seek Patrol Boats

Scheduled for October 2-3, Offshore At The Ozarks-Cat Edition needs no less than 30 patrol boats for the two days of Super Stock- and Supercat-class competition on the Lake of the Ozarks. According to Mark Waddington of Osage Beach. Mo.-headquartered Performance Boat Center, the event’s title sponsor, 21 owners so far have volunteered their vessels for patrol-boat duty on the Central Missouri waterway.

Next month’s Ozark At The Ozarks-Cat Edition event will feature Super Stock- and Superboat-class action. Photo from the 2019 Lake Race By Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

The role of patrol boats is to keep other vessels no less than 100 feet from the racecourse, which will be situated near the Camden On The Lake Resort, the host venue for the Offshore Powerboat Association-sanctioned contest. (The OPA is an American Power Boat Association member-organization.) Patrol boats will be required from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“Food and water will be delivered to the patrol boats on Friday,” said Waddington.

The organizers are expecting 10-plus Super Stock-class teams and no less than three Supercat teams to compete in the event.

“It’s a wonderful time for the patrol-boat volunteers,” said Donna Swall of the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for and preserving the popular waterway, which also handles gathering and organizing patrol boats for the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Lake Race events. “And they have front-row seats to the race.”

For more information or to volunteer, interested powerboat owners can reach Swall via email or call/text her at 573-434-4400.

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