Scheduled for June 7-8, the upcoming Lake Race on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks could have the five of the world’s fastest offshore racing catamarans in its unlimited power/unlimited hull length “Run What You Brung” class, making it the largest “big boat” field so far this season. If all reported plans hold to form, the 44-foot Victory Miss GEICO, the 48-foot Marine Technology, Inc., CMS, the 48-foot turbine-powered Miss Mary Mac MTI, the 40-foot Cat-Can-Do Skater and the 44-foot Marine Concepts MTI cats will battle one another in the event. (Total power in the twin-engine cats ranges from approximately 2,400 to 3,600 hp.)
Local favorite CMS, at 48-foot Marine Technology, Inc., catamaran, should have plenty of competition at this year’s Lake Race. Photo courtesy/copyright Jeff Helmkamp.
“It should be a drag race—we don’t expect it to be very rough,” said Marc Granet, the driver of Miss GEICO, which notched its first victory of the season at the recent Super Boat International race in Cocoa Beach, Fla. “But the start should be interesting. In Key West (Fla.) every year at the SBI Worlds, it’s tight with five ‘full-size’ boats starting at the same time. I can’t imagine there will be any more room at the Lake of the Ozarks.”
Of the $75,000 total reported purse for the event, $40,000 is being reserved for the Run What You Brung class.
In addition the biggest raceboats, the event will have eight other competitive classes including Super Cat, Super Vee Light and Super Stock—all classes under the Offshore Powerboat Association, which is sanctioning the event and lists it on its 2014 schedule. A current roster of teams registered for the event has not yet been posted on the Lake Race website.