It's a boater's playground this weekend at Smokin' the Sound. Boaters have been practicing diligently for the big race. Smokin' the Sound isn’t just a boat race, it’s also a great event for the whole family. Friday, News 25 caught up with both racers and spectators who have been looking forward to this event and are glad it's finally here. Boat racers are starting their engines as Smokin’ the Sound is in full force.
For grant Bellis, the event is a special chance for the whole family to get together and share in a sport they love. Bellis says, “There’s 30 of us and we are avid boaters of Lake of the Ozarks and so we are enjoying everything that is going on.” While spectators are coming out just to enjoy the fun, power boat racers have brought their A game and are hoping to walk away with their share of $40,000 in prizes. Keith Holmes, a boat racer, says, “I'm driving a 40 foot catamaran. It has two twin 1,500 horsepower engines.” The Cat Can Do is racing this Saturday and Sunday with speeds up to 180 miles per hour. It’s going against its fierce rival, Miss Geico.
Marc Granet, another boat racer, says, “We race against these guys throughout the year at various events. They’re great competitors. They been racing for a long time. They got a very, very fast boat.” Boaters agree it takes more than speed to win the race. Success is also about skill behind the wheel. Holmes also says, “Running alongside the competition and competing hard.”
The high speeds and quick turns in the race are sure to bring thrills to the racers and the spectators. Events will go on all day Saturday and Sunday. Racers were practicing Friday and will continue Saturday before the race. The main competition is set for Sunday.