Offshore powerboat racing is back again in Lake Hopatcong. This time, it plays host to the 2017 National Championship. They are expecting 10 or more race classes, which will be made up of 40+ boats. All of them will be competing in this Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) event, which runs out of the prestigious Lake Forest Yacht Club (LFYC), otherwise known as Race Village.
Lake Hopatcong local resident & racer, Jay Muller, will headline in two of the most popular race boats on the OPA circuit. Jay will be throttleman for last year’s crowd favorite, the Batman Boat, and is scheduled to drive for the famous Miss Geico boat. As an added bonus, Jay will also be racing his own team Wicked boat with his son Jason.
Many race teams will kick off the event on Friday with a ceremonial Parade Lap & Fun Run, which starts and ends at LFYC. The Fun Run will comprise of several stops at local restaurants along the lake, where the public is encouraged to join in on, or you can simply drop in at any of the venues. At the conclusion of the Fun Run, there will be live music into the night at LFYC where you will get to meet the racing teams in person.
Saturday is known as “Testing Day”, so don’t miss the excitement that will be happening at the Race Village. This is truly the place to be! While you’re there, please feel free to tour each team’s pit and meet the race crews. There will be food & beverages (Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic), music throughout the day, and plenty of action while all of the race teams get their boats fine tuned to the race course conditions for the big day on Sunday. You’ll have perfect viewing to enjoy this from the beach at the LFYC.
Sunday is RACE DAY!!! The course is an intricate 2.3-mile run, including a dogleg on the back straight away, which will certainly keep things exciting for the racers as well as the fans. This stadium style course was quickly nicknamed the “Bristol Motor Speedway of the Water” by the racers. The course is surrounded by land, which provides optimal viewing areas nearly everywhere along the course, making this a “can’t miss” event for the fans and racers alike. As with Saturday, your best view is from the beach at the LFYC.
Pictures from Last Year:
Grand Prix 2016 Coverage
There will be an entry fee to enter into the Race Village at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club for Sunday Only. The entry fee on Sunday will be $5.00 for adults. Kids and LFYC Members (with their badge present) are free.
The OPA, event promoters, race teams, and all of the sponsors hope you enjoy this truly amazing and one-of-a-kind offshore powerboat racing event. It’s a great time for all ages to enjoy a terrific weekend at Lake Hopatcong.
Here’s are some helpful links to give you more details about the timing and locations of all the events:
Want to be a volunteer on land or on the water? Contact LakeHopRace@Yahoo.com
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