Don't expect peaceful waters in Biloxi this weekend, because the Mississippi Sound will be host to one of the nation's biggest offshore power boat races. News 25 caught up with some race coordinators and fans and has a sneak peak of this year's nail biter. In just a matter of days, race boat drivers will be revving their engines and spectators will line the shores for this year's Smokin’ the Sound. Steve Starbuck will be one of the spectators.
Starbuck says, “We will have a front row seat for it I guess. It should be a good time. This will be the first one I’m here for.” There are five locations, including the Hard Rock parking garage and Schooner Pier, where people can get a close view of all the action. Rusty David, the Race Coordinator, says, “What’s unique about our race site, it's the closest to the boats a viewer can get anywhere in the country.” Event coordinators say they expect this year's event to be bigger and better than ever.
Woody Baily, the Executive Director of Smokin’ the Sound, says, “This year, we have a different organization that we will be working with the off shore powerboat association out of New Jersey that is helping us run the race.” In past years, Smokin’ the Sound has brought about $3 million to our area. Officials from the event are hoping that this year will be an even bigger turnout. Baily also says, “We are expecting a good turnout as far as spectators and teams in general since we are working with a new organization. We think we will have some new people in town.” This is a far reaching, coast-wide event, with many businesses and casinos going all in.
Mary Cracchiolo with the Beau Rivage says, “We have a party in Coast for all the race teams and everybody to meet the race teams.” The race is sure to satisfy anyone's need for speed with boats racing through the water at up to 200 miles an hour. The event revs up with qualifying runs on Saturday and the boats are sure to be full throttle during Sunday's race day. This is a four day event, but the actual race is on Sunday.