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2017 OPA Racing Lake Race: Schedule of Events:

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Lake Race

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Race Village does not Open until Friday


 

Crane Area - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO
Dry Pits - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO
Wet Pits - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO
Ramp - Ozark Yacht Cub (500 Yacht Club Landing Drive, Lake Ozark, MO)

Wash Down Area - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO (Fire Truck)

Gas Station - Phillips 66 (1780 Bagnell Dam, Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO)
Gas Dock - Inquire about in Registration


 

4PM    Festival of Speed Block Party - (Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO)

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

11am              Race Village Open (1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO) 

10am-1pm    Swim/Dunker Testing - Rockwood Resort Motel (1701 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO)

1pm-5pm      Racer Registration - Race Village

1pm-5pm      GPS Registration - Race Village​

12pm-5pm    Race Boat Inspections - Race Village

3pm                Course/Perimeter Markers Set​​

5pm                Lake Race Street Party on Historic Bagnell Dam Strip begins

6pm                VOLUNTEER MEETING - Race Village (Registration Room)

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9am-6pm       Race Village Open

7am                Team Physicals - Race Village

8am                Racers Meeting - Race Village

9am                Medical and Dive team briefing - Race Village

10am              Race Control Operational

9:45am-10:30am     Race Boat Testing (pending approval)

10:45am        Opening Ceremony

11am              RACE 1 (start subject to adjustment) 

12pm              RACE 2 (start subject to adjustment) 

1:30pm            RACE 3 (start subject to adjustment) 

3pm                RACE 4 (start subject to adjustment) 

4:15pm          RACE 5 (start subject to adjustment) 

7pm                Awards Ceremony - Beavers at the Dam 
​                  (1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO)

 

 

 


Smith Brothers Offshore Racing Team Boat Recovered...

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The OPA Racing National and World Championship winning Smith Brothers Offshore Racing / CRC Automotive Joker Powerboats hull was recovered from the bottom of the at Atlantic Ocean for over a week.

 

BAY HEAD - Divers and sailors reclaimed a sunken speedboat from the ocean floor Tuesday, nine days after she sank following a fatal crash against a competing craft in the Offshore Grand Prix.

Shortly after 5 p.m., work crews pulled the Smith Brothers CRC out of the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach. A crane lifted the speedboat onto a boat trailer attached to a pickup truck at Ken's Landing Marina.

Early Tuesday, Stephen Reid, Point Pleasant Beach mayor, said the Berkeley Underwater Search and Rescue Team had located the Smith Brothers CRC. The race was based out of Point Pleasant Beach.

Later, drivers pumped water out of the hull and engine areas as the Smith Brothers sat on the seafloor off Bay Head. Three boats pulled the 26-foot-long racing vessel through the Atlantic into the Manasquan Inlet that afternoon.

The boat is named for its racing team, brothers Richard and Peter Smith, who were thrown from the boat in the fatal May 21 crash.

David Raabe, a 38-year-old throttleman on a speedboat named the "Repeat Offender," was killed in the crash. His teammate, driver James Byrne of Nutley, suffered serious injuries.

Officials said the crash occurred when the Repeat Offender turned unexpectedly in front of the other boat, authorities said at the time. The Smith Brothers went airborne, then came down on top of the Offender.

As the boat sat in the inlet Tuesday, chipping paint and torn seats were the only visible signs of damage to the vessel. Crews had searched for the Smith Brothers for days before locating the boat over the weekend, off Johnson Street in Bay Head. 

Numerous divers plunged about 40 feet to raise the boat, where they had to rely exclusively on touch because of scarce visibility, said Chet Nesley, chief diver with the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Rescue Dive Team. 

After raising the boat with lift bags, it then took about four and a half hours - and patience - to bring the boat back to the inlet against the outgoing tide, Nesley said.  

"A wounded cat with two legs could go faster than we were going," said Nesley, 64, who has been diving since 1967.

Even with about 16 divers, the effort wasn't easy, said Eddie "Smitty" Smith, president of the Offshore Powerboat Association. 

"You can't see an inch in front of you," Richard Zeller, the assistant chief of the Berkeley Township Underwater Search and Rescue Squad, said.

Work crews recover the Smith Brothers race boat. After

Work crews recover the Smith Brothers race boat. After lifting it from the ocean floor they towed up north to the Manasquan Inlet and then hoisted it out of the water with a crane at Ken's Landing. The boat had sank after a crash during the Offshore Grand Prix on May 21. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @dhoodhood   Doug Hood

Divers had been searching for the Smith Brothers on and off since the crash, interrupted by waves and weather. The New Jersey State Police Marine Unit searched alongside the Berkeley volunteer squad.

Although they were thrown from their boat, Richard and Peter Smith declined medical treatment on the day of the crash, though they provided blood samples to the authorities.

Reid said that Byrne's condition has improved in the days since the crash, and the investigation into the cause of the crash continues.

Raabe, of Lacey, worked as a financial adviser and boated in his downtime. He "claimed checkered flags in his racing career and also saw the back of many a tow boat," according to his obituary.

"It feels wonderful that different organizations and agencies came together to help the OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) in a time of sorrow," Zeller said.

Alex N. Gecan: 732-643-4043; agecan@gannettnj.com

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/emergencies/2017/05/30/sec/354223001/

 

Hopefully we will be able to see this National and World Championship boat back on the water some day soon.


The Passing Of Our Friend Dave Raabe...

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We deeply sorry to hear about the tragic accident at the 2017 OPA Racing Point Pleasant Grand Prix in Point Pleasant, New Jersey in which our friend Dave Raabe owner and throttleman of the Repeat Offender Offshore Racing Team loss his life and his driver J.P. Bryne was seriously injured in the first race of the day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's family, the Repeat Offender team, the Smith Brothers team and the OPA Community.

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David R. Raabe, Sr.

AGE: 38 • Forked River

David R. Raabe, Sr. passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017. He was born in Plainfield, NJ and has called Forked River his home for the past 10 years. David loved life, his family and friends especially his wife, Leigh, the love of his life and his three children, Alexis, David, Jr. and Landon.

David excelled at everything he did. His competitive nature and drive for success led him to reach many milestones years ahead of his peers. David worked in the financial world for 20 years. He was a financial advisor for AXA Equitable for the past 9 years. He also was a partner in Envision Strategics, LLC. He was a top producer for the company and won numerous awards.

David had a love for the Jersey Shore which led to his becoming an avid boater. He enjoyed pleasure boating with his family and friends. He always had the "NEED FOR SPEED" which led to his offshore boat racing. David claimed checkered flags in his racing career and also saw the back of many a tow boat.

David traveled with his family to many exotic locations including the U.A.E. (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), South Africa, several European countries, Hawaii, Mexico and some Caribbean Islands.

He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Eugene and Virginia Raabe and Grandma Sheenan. Surviving are his loving wife, Leigh of 15 years; his daughter, Alexis; 2 sons David, Jr. and Landon; parents, David and Patricia Raabe and Debra and Robert McNamara; three brothers, Michael Raabe, Shea McNamara and Erik Raabe; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Georgette Schulz along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


OPA Racing Resorts World Bimini Grand Prix - Schedule of Events:

April 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 

Dry Pit Set Up - RACE VILLAGE at Resorts World Bimini

RWB Beach Club  ​(North Bimini, Alice Town, The Bahamas)

 

All Day                   Crane Area - Resorts World Bimini
Ramp Area - Resorts World Bimini
Wet Pits - Resorts World Bimini
Dry Pits - Resorts World Bimini
Wash Down Area - Resorts World Bimini

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

 

11am-10pm            Race Village open to the Public
12pm                      RACERS MEETING - RWB (Mango Room, 2nd floor)
11am-2pm              RACER REGISTRATION - RWB (Palm Room, 2nd floor)
10am-4pm              GPS REGISTRATION - RWB (Palm Room, 2nd floor)


11am-4pm              Race Boat Inspections - Race Village - RWB Beach Club
7pm-9pm                Racer Meet & Greet - Hilton Dock at RWB

 

 

Friday, April 28, 2017

 

11am-10pm            Race Village open to the Public
10am                      RACERS MEETING - RWB (Mango Room, 2nd floor)

8:30am-12pm         RACER REGISTRATION - RWB (Palm Room, 2nd floor)
11am-5pm              GPS REGISTRATION - RWB (Palm Room, 2nd floor)
11am-4pm              Race Boat Inspections - Race Village
TBA                       Swim Testing - Resorts World Bimini
10am                      Course buoys set up 
11am                      Race Control Operational
11am-5pm              Crane area operational
11am-5pm              Ramp area operational
12pm-4pm              Race Boat Testing
​8pm-12am              Racer Meet & Greet - Hemingway's


 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

1am              Race Village Open
8am              Team Physicals - RWB (Palm Room, 2nd floor)
9am              Start setting up Course Buoys
9am              Ramp area operational
10am            Crane area operational
10am            Medical/Dive briefing - RWB (Mango Room, 2nd floor)
10am            Patrol Fleet Briefing - RWB (Mango Room, 2nd floor)
10am            Race Control Operational
10am            Race Patrol Fleet & Course Support Fleet on station
11am            RACE 1 (start subject to adjustment)
12pm            RACE 2 (start subject to adjustment)
2pm             RACE 3 (start subject to adjustment)
4pm             Return GPS data immediately following completion of each race​​​

7pm             Awards Ceremony - Resorts World Bimini (Gazebo/Beach Club)

9pm-1am      After Party - RWB Roof Top






 


 


 


2017 OPA Racing Season Schedule Is Out:

January 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On A Mission Offshore Racing - 2016 Fall River Grand Prix:

OPA Racing (Offshore Powerboat Association) has released the 2017 racing schedule...

May 19-21
POINT PLEASANT BEACH GRAND PRIX
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

June 2-3 (Saturday Race)
LAKE RACE
Lake Ozark, Missouri

June 23-25
OCEAN CITY GRAND PRIX
Ocean City, Maryland

July 28-30
ST CLAIR RIVER CLASSIC
St Clair, Michigan

August 11-13
INTERNATIONAL POWERBOAT RACE
Port Huron, Michigan/Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

August 25-27
FALL RIVER GRAND PRIX
Fall River, Massachusetts

September 22-24
LAKE HOPATCONG GRAND PRIX
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

November 15-19
OPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
ENGLEWOOD BEACH WATERFEST
Englewood, Florida