Let the racing begin.
Some of the fastest offshore boats in the world will begin to arrive at the lake this week in anticipation of the OSS-sanctioned Lake Race 2013, which officially runs June 6-9 near Bagnell Dam.
The Lake Race kicks off Wednesday night with a Lake Race Tribute Party and Benefit Auction starting at 5 p.m. at The Topsider.
Social and Meet and Greet events continue Thursday, and the actual racing is Saturday and Sunday near Bagnell Dam.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 7, Bagnell Dam Blvd. from Station Drive to Valley Road will be closed to vehicle traffic. The street will reopen at about 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, depending on how long it takes for race teams to clear the area.
Valley Road will be open for normal traffic flow except when the dam is closed. No traffic will be allowed on Valley Road from Bagnell Dam to the Dam Bait Shop campground during race time.
Lake Ozark Police Department Chief Mark Maples said that during non-race time, the LOPD will work at maintaining traffic flow to the best of its ability. People should expect delays if traveling in and around the event area, he cautioned.
Bagnell Dam will be closed for vehicle traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday during boat racing and will reopen as soon as possible after racing. Road closure for the dam on the North Shore will begin from approximately Willmore Lodge, and traffic will be re-routed to Highway 54 and then to Rt. 242.
On Sunday, the dam will close from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for racing, and will reopen for normal traffic after 5 p.m.
The street party is scheduled from 6-11 p.m. on Friday for the closed-off area of Bagnell Dam Blvd. from Station Drive to Valley Road.
Water Patrol reminder
The Offshore Super Series (OSS), the sanctioning group for the race, will buoy off the perimeter of the actual racecourse, which runs from near Bagnell Dam to midway between Lotell Hollow Cove and Birdsong Hollow Cove.
Captain Gregory D. Kindle, commanding officer, Troop F, Jefferson City, says boating traffic will be restricted to no wake, idle speed from Bagnell Dam to approximately the 3.5-mile mark of the main channel during the event.
The no wake, idle speed restriction will begin 30 minutes prior to the event start time each day, and will continue to be enforced up to 30 minutes after the last race each day. The racecourse itself will stretch from the dam to approximately the 3-mile mark in the center of the main channel.
Page 2 of 3 - Every attempt will be made to minimize the inconvenience to boaters navigating in the area. It is anticipated boaters will be able to idle along the north and south shores of the main channel during the event. Caution should be exercised by all boaters traveling through the area due to congestion.
Anchoring will be allowed at the mouth of coves adjacent to the race event, so long as ingress and egress to the coves is not hindered.
Highway Patrol marine operation troopers will be monitoring boating traffic in the area, and will be available to assist the boating public, if necessary. Boaters are reminded to designate a sober boat operator, and if passengers are drinking alcohol while out on the water, make sure they do so responsibly.
The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.
The public can contact the Highway Patrol toll-free at 1-800-525-5555 or on a cellular phone at *55.
Maples said the open container ordinance will be enforced on city streets and sidewalks including the Bagnell Dam.
There will be certain areas were beer-type gardens will be set up and where alcohol will be allowed.
“Anything outside of those areas will be strictly enforced,” Maples said.
Beavers at the Lake near the dam is the host facility.
Between six and eight buses will shuttle people throughout the area. Parking will be available at one or more churches at the top of Bagnell Dam Blvd., at the Dam Bait Shop below Bagnell Dam, and may be available at the School of the Osage Heritage Building, depending on construction progress related to a $22 million renovation.
The Race Pits will be on the docks at Beavers and the Racer Village will be located on the Bagnell Dam Strip, as well as the Vendor Village.
5 p.m., Lake Race Tribute Party and Benefit Auction, Topsider Entertainment Complex, Osage Beach (famous and legendary lake area racers will be recognized and lake racing memorabilia auctioned). Open to the public.
7 p.m., race team arrivals. Individual team Meet and
Greet functions at lake-area sponsor facilities in afternoon
Evening, Lake Race VIP Sponsor/Race Team Party, Beavers at the Dam Bar and Grill on the Bagnell Dam Strip, presented by Lake Media
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6 p.m., Lake Race Street Party on the Bagnell Dam Strip, open to the public, presented by Mountain Dew and Formula Boats of Missouri
Lake Race vendor village and racer village setup.
Evening, Lake Race Meet and Greet on Historic Bagnell Dam Strip (open to the public).
10 a.m., Racer Testing
11:40 a.m., Opening Ceremony
12 Noon, Pontoon Racing, presented by Playcraft Pontoons
1 p.m., Pro/Am Racing, presented by Shady Gators/Backwater Jacks
2 p.m., Professional, PX Super Cat, Cat Outboard and Super V Lites.
10 a.m., Racer Testing
11:45 a.m.-National Anthem
12 Noon, Pontoon Racing-presented by Playcraft Pontoons
1 p.m., Pro/Am Racing-presented by Shady Gators/ Backwater Jacks
2 p.m., Professional, PX Super Cat, Cat Outboard and Super V Lites
4:30 p.m., Awards Ceremony-Beavers at the Dam Bar and Grill
**All scheduled times are tentative and subject to change.
For more information, contact Mike Shepherd, co-chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 573-434-0611.