Offshore At The Ozarks will bring powerboaters for two days of catamaran racing action, at Camden on the Lake this weekend.
The event will be be held, like Lake Race in recent years, in front of Camden on the Lake Resort, between the 5 and 9 Mile Markers. It will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 and 3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Boating traffic will be restricted to idle speed from the five-mile mark to the nine-mile mark, as well as extended to the one-half mile mark of the Gravois Arm, before the start of the races, and for 30 minutes after the last race.
The Patrol says every attempt will be made to minimize inconvenience to boaters navigating near the race, but all boaters should expect congestion in the area. There will be approximately a 100-foot buffer zone maintained between the course perimeter buoy markers and the spectator boats. Spectator boats will be allowed to anchor in locations which do not restrict the normal flow of traffic around the event. Generally, anchoring near the mouth of coves will be encouraged, if congestion does not hinder ingress/egress into the cove locations. Troopers, as well as event volunteers, will be located around the course to assist boaters in locating the designated areas for spectator anchoring. Spectators wishing to anchor should anticipate needing enough anchor line for water depths ranging from 60 to 100 feet.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds boaters to use heightened caution while exiting the area following the event due to conditions caused by the heavy boat traffic.
The Big Bass Bash is also set for 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. While the two events would have overlapped on Saturday, organizers worked out a solution, in which the race start time was pushed back to 3:15 or 3:30 on Saturday, allowing all anglers to pass through the race course—which will still be set-up, but will not prohibit anglers from passing through. Of the five weigh-in stations for the Bass Bash, Alhonna Resort is right in the midst of the race action, at the 7 Mile Marker, and Point Randall Resort is two miles downstream from it, at the 3 Mile Marker.
Offshore At The Ozarks will feature two races for each class on Friday, with finals on Saturday.
The type of boats has been limited to the Supercat and Super Stock classes; in years past, those have often been the most crowded and action-packed classes, at Lake Race. Mark Waddington, owner of Performance Boat Center, helped organize Offshore At The Ozarks, and he planned the event to extend across two days, as a way of spreading out the action. "Kind of like a mini-Key West," he said, referencing the annual Key West World Championship power boat races, which were cancelled this year.