Racers compete in the 2016 Armed Forces Day Regatta, a Seattle Outboard Association race sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association.                                Michelle Beahm / File photo

Racers compete in the 2016 Armed Forces Day Regatta, a Seattle Outboard Association race sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. Michelle Beahm / File photo

Hydros race here for Armed Forces Day

BREMERTON — Kitsap Lake will be closed over the weekend for the 2017 Armed Forces Regatta.

On May 20-21, the lake will be used for the Seattle Outboard Association-sponsored hydroplane and runabout races. Kitsap Lake Park will be available for spectator parking. The event is free and open for public viewing.

The regatta will feature boats ranging from 8 to 12 feet in length, with drivers as young as 9, up to seniors. According to Dwight Malhiot, in an earlier interview with the Seattle Outboard Association, speeds can sometimes reach up to 100 mph.

“Before football, before baseball ever was anything in the Pacific Northwest, unlimited hydroplane racing was quite big,” Malhiot said. “[It] was one of the biggest things in Seattle.”

This race is an officially sanctioned American Power Boat Association race, from which participants can earn points toward national rankings and competitions.

The APBA website states, “From the time your parents give you permission, till the day the doctor wouldn’t recommend it, the thrill and the excitement of power boating can be enjoyed. Whether you’ve been a life-long fan trying to get a feel for the adrenaline running through your body, or you’re trying to introduce your son or daughter to the sport, there’s everything far and in between in this octane-fueled pastime.”

The reason the lake is closed to non-racers is because hydroplanes, being very small and lightweight, can be easily capsized by waves.

For more information regarding the closure, contact the Bremerton Parks and Recreation Department at 360-473-5305. For more information about the regatta, go to www.seattleoutboard.org.

— Michelle Beahm is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at mbeahm@soundpublish ing.com.

Racers compete in the 2016 Armed Forces Day Regatta, a Seattle Outboard Association race sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association.                                Michelle Beahm / File photo

Racers compete in the 2016 Armed Forces Day Regatta, a Seattle Outboard Association race sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. Michelle Beahm / File photo

More in Sports

Mark Krulish
Kraken hope slow and steady wins the race

The tortoise and the hare, one of Aesop’s fables, is one of… Continue reading

q
Kiwanis Park gets new disc golf putting green

It’s golf, but without the heavy clubs, carts and dress code, and… Continue reading

Chad Rounds, Jimmy Lee Burrus and Ryan Hough on the water at the completion of the Warrior Paddle. (Contributed photo)
Veterans paddle to raise awareness for mental health

Armed Forces veterans know what it means to face a challenge head-on.… Continue reading

Raul Ruidiaz tries to squeeze by a Sporting KC defender in Seattle’s 3-1 loss on Sunday at Lummen Field. (Mike Fiechtner/Sounders FC Communications)
Sounders win at Austin, lose at home, but stay in 1st

With a number of veteran players remaining out of the lineup due… Continue reading

The Bainbridge LL Senior All Stars were coached by Larry Goode and Life Horwitz. The players were: Christian Benze, McCrea Curfman, Garrett Goade, Conor Grady, Spencer Grady, Matthew Grant, Jack Grant, Ben Hobbs, Monty Horowitz, Judah Marshall, Andrew O’Connell, Isaac Sellers, Miles Wieland, Owen Bernstein and AJ Stevens. (Photo courtesy Ed Wieland)
BI baseball team that almost wasn’t goes 15-2

At the beginning of the Little League season, it looked like the… Continue reading

Mark Krulish
Krulish: 2021 sports season one we’ll never forget

It was likely the shortest high school sports season in state history,… Continue reading

New Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol listens during a news conference June, 24 in Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
Seattle Kraken putting together NHL coaching staff

The Seattle Kraken inaugural season is rapidly approaching, and with the expansion… Continue reading

Ben Kussie digs out of the box for the Reds in the 18th annual old-timers and alumni Stars and Strikes game as MacKenzie Bond waits on deck. Bond tripled home Kussie in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings. (Photo courtesy Paimon Jaberi)
Reds win BI’s Stars and Strikes game with walkoff double

Participants glad to be back after year off due to COVID

Most Read