High speeds at Muskoka Bay
The action is on the water next month, and more specifically, on Muskoka Bay. For the first time ever, on Aug. 11 and 12 the Ontario Power Boat Racing Association (OPBRA) brings their competition to the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst.
Brent Valois of the OPBRA says they’re excited and proud that they’ve been able to secure the event for Muskoka this year.
“As the premier race of our season, we’re expecting significant participation from racers, from near and far,” says Valois. “A lot of our racers are local to the area and we’re expecting racers from as far away as Alabama. As a spectator-driven organization, we plan on putting on an exciting event.”
There will be a number of races taking place over the course of the weekend. Valois says spectators can expect to see four classes of 800 ft drag racing.
“We start with our formula boats and go right on up to our outlaws. These are some of the quickest boats you will see on your waterways,” says Valois.
Two classes of oval racing are also set to take place.
Valois says the T-boats are always entertaining to watch and a real crowd pleaser.
“The T-750 are 13 foot V bottom boats with two cylinder engines, reaching speeds through the 60 plus mile per hour range,” he says. “The T-850 are 15 foot V bottom boats with three cylinder engines reaching speeds over 70 miles per hour.”
There will also be displays on land, including vintage boats and engines with a racing pedigree. Valois says the exhibit is brought along by the Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association and the Maple Leaf Antique Outboard Club.
There will also be family activities and food vendors, and Valois says the viewing section they plan to set up at the Wharf should allow excellent viewing from all areas.
“Spectators are welcome into our pits to see the boats up close and talk to the drivers and crew,” says Valois. “We hope to see everybody there.”