LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout has become a truly global race, with the confirmation that Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani is bringing his Spirit of Qatar race team to the event in August.

According to team spokesperson Neil Perkins, Sheikh Hassan has confirmed the team will travel to central Missouri for the 26th annual Shootout, scheduled for Aug. 23–24.

Sheikh Hassan is the President of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation, and has made waves throughout the powerboating world with his fleet of race boats that includes a 41-foot Victory catamaran, a 42-foot MTI catamaran and his 50-foot, turbine-powered Mystic catamaran Al Adaa'am 96 (powered by twin 3,000-HP turbines).

More information about Hassan's arrival in central Missouri is expected to be released next week.