Boat racing on Greenwood Lake
Boat races will benefit local Greenwood Forest Fire Company
If you go
Greenwood Lake Powerboat Races
Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8
Browns Point Park
Greenwood Lake Turnpike, West Milford
$10 general admission
$5 ages 4 to 12
Under 4, free
$5 Pit pass
Gates open 10 a.m.
Racing 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sponsored by Greenwood Lake Powerboat Association
BY LINDA SMITH HANCHARICK
WEST MILFORD — The Greenwood Lake Power Boat Association is hosting the Greenwood Lake Power Boat Races next weekend, June 7 and 8, at Browns Point Park.
Jay Hardy, president of the Greenwood Lake Power Boat Association, said his group is thrilled to host the event, which, in addition to providing some good family fun, is giving back to the West Milford community.
"All proceeds from the event are being donated to the Greenwood Forest Fire Company in West Milford," said Hardy, who became president of the association last year.
The Greenwood Lake Power Boat Association hosted powerboat races on the lake from 1984 to 1999, Hardy said, that were well attended and successful. In 2000, the club "ran into issues," he added, and ran out of money.
In 2011, the Lake Hopatcong Power Boat Association tried to help the group out and had races, but the local club wasn't able to pick it up until this year.
With the assist from the Greenwood Forest Fire Company, the group is putting it together. Volunteers from the fire company are running the parking, checking passes, dividing the pit area and handling many other duties, Hardy said.
Traditionally, the races were held in May. They chose June, Hardy said, in hopes of better, warmer weather.
Hardy, a native of West Milford who now lives in Wanaque, said there are 45 preregistered race boats and he expects about 10 more to sign up before next weekend. Fourteen different classes of boats are coming, including hydroplanes, flat bottoms and jersey speed skiffs, to name a few. Grand Prix level boats included, And for the first time racing with the American Power Boat Association, will be Garveys.
There will be between four and seven boats in each heat and race traversing the one mile oval in the lake. Each race will be five laps, or five miles.
More to enjoy
In addition to the races, there will be some vendors selling t-shirts and other souvenirs. Food - burgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers and more - is being catered by MBP Catering, a sponsor of the event and local catering company whose owner is also a member of the Greenwood Forest Fire Company.
Smaller kids can enjoy a bouncy house along with the playground at Browns Point.
The group will also have a beer garden in a fenced off, designated area for adults.
Hardy said Browns Point is the perfect place for the race.
"Browns point is the perfect location," said Hardy. "The shoreline slopes up naturally so it's easy to view the races."
Hardy is also hoping this becomes an annual event. He encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy the day in West Milford.
This is an American Power Boat Association sanctioned race, with boats coming from Canada, California and everywhere in between.
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