Shootout Offshore Opens With Well-Attended Raceboat Parade And Street Celebration

Shootout Offshore Opens With Well-Attended Raceboat Parade And Street Celebration

Of the 45 offshore racing teams currently registered for this weekend’s Shootout Offshore event at the Lake of the Ozarks, no less than 10 consider the Central Missouri waterway to be their home or near-home water. And from the Super Stock-class duo of Myrick Coil and Rusty Williams of Performance Boat Center to the Super Cat-class pairing of Rob Unnerstall and Casey Boaz in CR Racing, all of them want to put on a show—and bring home a checkered flag—for their hometown fans.

Offshore raceboats from near and far have descended on the Lake of the Ozarks for this weekend’s Shootout Offshore event. Photos by Jeff Helmkamp copyright Jeff Helmkamp Photos.

Those teams and others hauled their raceboats to the Bagnell Dam Strip for last night’s welcome party and boat parade. But though the venue was the same as it is for the Wednesday night Shootout On The Strip street party and exhibit during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in late August, the late-spring evening conditions for last night’s event were decidedly more pleasant than they are in late summer.

“The weather was nice,” said Coil. “And it wasn’t nearly as crowded as it is for the event in August.

Boaz of the CR Racing team agreed. “The weather was perfect, there were lots of boats and it wasn’t overly crowded.”

Lake of the Ozarks local Tristan Garvin handled gear sales last night for the Super Cat-class Dirty Money team.

Coil was joined by his Performance Boat Center teammate Williams. Also on hand with the team was Brett Manire, the owner of the full-service multi-brand dealership headquartered in Osage Beach, Mo.

New this year, the name of the event known for years as simply the Lake Race and LOTO Powerfest in 2023 created some confusion among non-local fans.

“There was lots of confusion as to why ‘the Shootout’ changed its dates and why it’s a ‘circle race’ versus a ‘straight-line’ race,” Manire explained. “The fact that it’s the ‘Lake Race’ brought to you by the people behind the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout was hard for people not ‘in the know’ to understand.


























Enjoy more images from last night’s Shootout Offshore welcome event.

“But the bottom line is that there were a lot more people there than I expected, and it should drive more people to come watch or tune into the event, which is the end goal,” he added.

Regardless of the short-term confusion the Shootout Offshore name creates, Lake of the Ozarks Shootout executive director Leah Martin was, like Manire, pleased with last night’s turnout.

“I didn’t know that to expect,” he said. “But we had good attendance.”

Visitors to last night’s happening on the Bagnell Dam Strip were treated to perfect late-spring weather.

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