The State of New Jersey is always treated in the fall, with two very exciting Championship Boat Races on Lake Hopatcong. Since it’s easy to mix up the dates and locations of the races, he following article gives you the full details on both races.
Both championship races are located on great venues, attended by 100’s of spectators, and draw boats from across the United States and even Canada.
#1: NJ State Powerboat Championships - September 15, 2019
The races, sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, are for the New Jersey State Championships and the NJ Governor’s Cup, which means that racing teams can important points for winning National titles, so expect the boats to go all-out to win this top-class event.
The races run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a $5 fee per person.
For these races, the New Jersey State Power Boat Championships will feature the “Inboard” and Stock Outboard” categories. Competing boats are divided into classes based on hull size, type, weight, engine size, and modifications allowed.
The race length is five miles long, with racers taking five trips around a mile-long course in full view of the spectators as the course at the Lake Hopatcong State Park offers wider turns, while still keeping the boats far enough offshore to keep spectators safe. Plus, the sloped lawn at the state park offers an excellent and unique view of the boats as they come towards the spectators while on the front straight and go through turn one.
New Jersey State Championships Power Boat Races
Location: Hopatcong State Park, 6 Lakeside Boulevard, Landing NJ
Dates: September 14 - 15, 2019 - (Race Day is the 15th)
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00PM
Cost: $5 per Person
#2: Lake Hopatcong Grand Prix - October 27, 2019
Offshore powerboat racing is back again in Lake Hopatcong. This time, it plays host to the 2019 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 throttle man 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.
SAT, OCT 26, 12:00 PM: 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 racecourse conditions for the big day on Sunday. You’ll have perfect viewing to enjoy this from the beach at the LFYC.
SUN, OCT 27,12:00 PM: 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.
There will be an entry fee to enter into the Race Village at the Lake Forest 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.
Lake Hopatcong Grand Prix
Location: Lake Forest Yacht Club, 35 Yacht Club Dr, Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Dates: October 25 - 27, 2019 - (Race Day is the 27th)
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00PM
Cost: $5 per Person
Want to be a volunteer on land or the water? Contact LakeHopRace@Yahoo.com
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