In a phone interview, spokesperson John Potts confirmed that RWO had selected the lake as a race site in its inaugural season, but that a specific location on Lake of the Ozarks has yet to be decided.

A newly-formed offshore powerboat racing organization recently announced the Lake of the Ozarks has been selected to host its 2018 National Championship in Osage Beach from September 21-23.

According to a press release from Race World Offshore, the 2018 schedule was announced earlier this week in Key West, Fla., by President Larry Bleil.

In a phone interview, spokesperson John Potts confirmed that RWO had selected the lake as a race site in its inaugural season, but that a specific location on Lake of the Ozarks has yet to be decided.

The local promoter Potts said RWO is working with to organize the event is Mike Shepherd, a Lake-area businessman with an extensive background in the region who is currently managing a lakefront venue.

“It’s pretty well underway in terms of putting together the elements required,” said Potts.

He indicated they have a couple of locations under consideration for a specific location. Once that is determined, Potts said they would begin the permitting process through Water Patrol Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The schedule was announced prior to the finalization of plans in order to get the events on racers’ calendars, Potts added.

RWO recently formed to “recreate professional offshore powerboat racing in the same model of other professional motorsports,” Potts said.

In the Key West press conference, Bleil shared his vision for the new racing organization and its inaugural season.

“The new series will feature a full weekend of motorsport activities and offer a variety of Saturday ancillary events that will include Champ Boat races, car shows and marine manufacturer displays. The race teams will enjoy many of the benefits offered in other professional motorsports organizations that will include pole qualifying, prize purses, show-up money and racer contingency sponsorships,” he explained.

Each participating team will be provided one complimentary hotel room in addition to race fuel being provided at no charge, according to RWO’s press release. Other destinations selected for 2018 RWO events include Riviera Beach, Fla.; Key West, Fla.; Clear Lake, Texas; the greater Cleveland, Ohio, area; and the Great Lakes region.

The Lake of the Ozarks is currently home to two other offshore powerboat competitions — the Lake Race near Bagnell Dam in June and the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout at the 34-mile marker of the Osage Arm in August.