The performance-boat community has a giant heart. From Desert Storm out West to Jammin’ on the James in the East, just about every go-fast event you can name has a charitable component.
The annual Shore Dreams event in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, however, is one of the few performance-boating happenings that is completely dedicated to helping others. For one Saturday in July each year—this year’s event is July 16—Shore Dreams offers free go-fast boat rides for mentally and physically challenged children and adults. What’s more, the daylong event has become a carnival, complete with games and food. That gives the families and friends of those who go for the boat rides a break, if only for a few hours.
At present, Shore Dreams still needs more boats and their owners/drivers to provide enough rides—more than 700 kids and adults went for boat rides last year—for everyone. As incentive, speedonthewater.com will publish an article next week with a short profile of each boat and its owner—complete with an owner-supplied photo of the boat—that participates in the event.
Interested performance-boat owners should contact Dave Patnaude, president of the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club, at 848-210-6253.