Shootout Will Crown Top Gun at Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. - Every year fans gather to experience the rush of speed as powerboaters battle for the title of Top Gun at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. This year’s event is set for Aug. 21-28 at Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill in Sunrise Beach.
Check out the competition at this year’s Shootout.
Last year, the Shootout drew a crowd of 75,000 and attracted 121 racers. So it’s no surprise that the Shootout is the largest unsanctioned boating race in the U.S. and was named byPowerboat Magazine as one of the nation’s eight “must-see” boating events.
David Scott and John Tomlinson of Nauti Marine
wowed fans in 2010 with their third straight Top Gun title
The Lake’s Nauti Marine is looking for a fourth consecutive Top Gun title.
(awarded to the fastest powerboat at the Shootout) and were clocked at a top speed of 208 miles per hour. The speed was just one mile per hour shy of the Shootout’s all-time record set by John Cosker in 2007.
“It’s an absolute charge to watch these boats thunder down the lake,” said Ron Duggan, owner of Captain Ron’s. “To listen to the roar of the crowd after the speed of the boat is announced is just electrifying. The higher the speed, the louder the roar gets. You definitely don’t want to miss this event. Whether you’re a little kid or a grandpa in his 90s, the Shootout will definitely put you on the edge of your seat.”
With speeds over 200 mph, the Shootout is a can’t-miss event at the Lake.
Each competitor races individually against the clock rather than other boats. The timed runs kick off at 10 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28, at Captain Ron’s. The event is free for spectators. Parking for vehicles is $10 per day and docking for boats is available for $10 per day. Two-day parking/docking passes can be purchased for $15 and three-day passes (for those attending Friday’s pre-race festivities) are $20.
Catch all the high-speed action from the deck of a Celebration Cruise.
Fans may view the race from the shore at Captain Ron’s, from private boats or from the luxurious Celebration Cruises yacht, located right on the finish line. Day passes for the Celebration are $75 per person, per day. For more information about reserving tickets, please call or visit CruiseLake.com.
With lots of activities for kids and adults, the Shootout is more than just a race weekend – it’s an eight-day celebration. The festivities start on Sunday, Aug. 21, with The Great Shootout Treasure Hunt at Captain Ron’s from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Hunt includes dinner, drinks and a dig for treasure chests containing fabulous prizes.
The RC boat Mini Shootout is a favorite with kids.
Shootout week continues with the area’s fastest remote-controlled powerboats in theSecond Annual RC Mini Shootout on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Captain Ron’s. These miniature RC boats can reach speeds of 70 mph or more and delight crowds just as much as the actual Shootout.
“The remote-controlled boats in the Mini Shootout are really cool for the kids to watch,” said Duggan. “Of course, adults love it just as much as the kids, because it’s unbelievable that some of these small boats can reach such high speeds.”
“The Shootout on the Strip Street Party,” on historic Bagnell Dam Strip (Business Highway 54), also takes place that Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sixty boats and their drivers line the strip allowing fans to get an up-close-and-personal view of the sleek powerboats, as well as have a meet and greet with their favorite racers.
Shaman’s Harvest plays the Shootout Aug. 27.
Other fan-favorite activities during the Shootout include: The Shootout Charity Auction(Aug. 25) featuring everything from Major League Baseball memorabilia to rounds of golf at celebrated local courses; The Shootout Benefit Golf Tournament(Aug. 22) at Indian Rock Golf Club; two free concerts featuring The Brandon Rush Band (Aug. 22) and Shaman’s Harvest (Aug. 27); the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Poker Run (Aug. 26) and the PWC Dam Run (Aug. 27).
“There’s just so much to do during the week of the Shootout that you’ll want to come in on the 21st, and plan to stay at the Lake for the whole time, be a part of everything and soak up all the fun,” said Duggan.
Visitors requiring lodging during the Shootout can make a reservation at a local resort, hotel, condominium, motel, bed and breakfast, RV park or campground. To check out a list of these diverse accommodations, visitLakeOzarkBagnellDam.com
For more information about the Shootout, including a full schedule of events, please visit LakeoftheOzarksShootout.org.
Courtesy of The Beenders-Walker Group
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the United States and has been listed by Powerboat Magazine as one of the 8 “must see” boating events. With speeds reaching 208 MPH on a 1 mile drag, boats come from all over the United States for the honor of “Top Gun”. The 22nd Anniversary event continued its record setting pace as over 75,000 people came to the Lake of the Ozarks to see a fun-filled week of activities. From the golf tournament and National Concert Performers, to remote controlled boat races and an unbelievable fireworks display, there certainly was something for everyone. All of it was just a prelude to the record setting performance of David Scott and John Tomlinson of Nauti-Marine as they blistered their way past over 6,000 boats lining the course on Saturday at 208 mph, a new Captain Ron’s record and just 1 mph short of the all time record.
A new record was also set for what this event is really all about – charitiable donations. $70,000 is being handed out to 20 different charities, including 8 lake area fire departments. Events such as the golf tournament, the Treasure Hunt, a mini-shootout with remote control boats, the PWC dam run, the annual auction and even a contest to see who has the cleanest boat, have brought much needed donations to this “once just a weekend” event.
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Committee is greatful to the 411 volunteers that donated 5140 hours to making this week long event such a huge success. We’re looking forward to 2011 and another record setting event.
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|23rd Lake of the Ozarks Shootout On Tap|
|Celebrating its 23rd year, thousands of boaters are expected to converge in Missouri next week for the iconic Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. As expected, Shootout organizers are well prepared for the event, which takes place at Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach, Mo., and is sponsored by Diet Pepsi, Powerboat magazine, Charter Media, KRMS, 93.5 Rocks, LO Profile, AT&T, Budweiser, Poly Lift, Rough Water Docks, Jeremiah Weed and Red Stripe.Beginning on Sunday, Aug. 21 with the Great Shootout Treasure Hunt and wrapping up with the Top Gun award presentation on Sunday, Aug. 28, the fast-paced action-packed week includes a golf tournament, a PWC run, a volleyball tournament, a street party, a stereo shootout and even a remote-control boat race. Click here for the full schedule.
Of course, the highlight of the event is the weekend speed runs on Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of boats will be on hand to watch V-bottoms and catamarans battle for a best-in-class top speed and the coveted Top Gun trophy, which David Scott has won the last three years in his 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran.
Although Scott won’t be defending his 2010 Shootout title and his 208-mph top speed (check out the video), he will be in attendance to support the other racers and enjoy the event from a spectator’s standpoint for once. His longtime throttleman John Tomlinson will be running in a new Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) catamaran with twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines.
But don’t be surprised if another 200-plus-mph winner emerges as there will be some capable boats on hand with gobs of power from the likes of MTI, Mystic and Skater Powerboats. Speaking of Skater, the 2011 Skaterfest presented by Aero Marine and Arenson Industries is being held at the Camden on the Lake Resort on Friday and Saturday and is expected to draw many Skater owners with its fun run, boat displays and more.
Be sure to check out www.lakeoftheozarksshootout.org for even more details on the event. And for those who can’t make it to Missouri, don’t worry, you can catch Saturday and Sunday’s Shootout competition live on the KRMS website.