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Powerboat regatta coming to Wildwood Park

Between 75 and 100 powerboats should compete

Posted: June 16, 2012 - 11:04pm  |  Updated: June 18, 2012 - 12:47pm
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Boats are expected to top 100 mph at the Lightning on the Lake Powerboat Regatta Saturday and Sunday at Wildwood Park.  Special Photos
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Boats are expected to top 100 mph at the Lightning on the Lake Powerboat Regatta Saturday and Sunday at Wildwood Park.

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Those feeling a need for speed will want to be at Wildwood Park this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, the park will play host to the Lightning on the Lake Powerboat Regatta, which is a Southeast Division championship for boats in the American Powerboat Association.

Cost of entry is $5.

To accommodate the race, there will be limited access to the mega-boat ramps Friday and no access to Pollard’s Cove and the Wildwood ramps Saturday and Sunday.

The races encompass three separate categories of boats – stock, modified and pro. Friday will be a test and tune day. Championship races will be Saturday starting at 11 a.m., and Sunday will be head-to-head racing beginning at 10 a.m. It is expected that most of the racers will exceed 100 mph.

APBA member and race organizer Mel Thomas described some of the racers as human missiles in a rocket ship lying down facing forward.

The race will be the first held by the powerboat association at the Clark’s Hill Lake location.

“We’re hoping to get somewhere between 75 and 100 different boats in the competition,” said Wildwood Park Coordinator Jeb Bell. “We just want to have as big of a crowd there as possible to really enjoy it all.”

The park will open at 8 a.m.

 

 

IF YOU GO

What: Lightning on the Lake Powerboat Regatta

When: 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday

Where: Wildwood Park

Cost: $5

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