Sandusky, Ohio- Friday 19, 1996
Sandusky Offshore Grand Prix- The Dennis Kaiser Invitational
The stage is being set for Powerboat Racing "Great Lakes Style" here in Sandusky
as Jaws, Alcone Motorsports, Nuff Respect, Ohio Steel, and Heavy Metal secure
their positions in the dry pits on the windy shores of Lake Erie for Sunday's
big race. Battery Park Marina is buzzing with activity as the crews make final
adjustments to their boats. The flags are flapping in the wind today as a stiff
20-25 knot wind from the northwest is creating whitecaps on the Great Lake. I
spoke with Alan Porter and his wife who regularly cruise the Lake in their Sea
Ray between Sandusky and Peele Island, twenty miles out in Canadian territory.
They tell me that in September they have experienced 10 foot swells on this
passage. This is not pond racing, sports fans. Lake Erie is serious big and
although the Lake is never more than 75 feet deep the waters off Sandusky will
average 35-45 feet deep and it can get very sporty out there especially if the
wind is from the northwest. Good weather is forecast for the weekend and we
should be in for quite an event. They are here and preparing to race. The
easygoing Ohio pike, pickerel and perch fisherman are soon to hear the muffled
roar of the approaching pack of Superboats and Offshore Classes and get their baseball caps blown off!
Stay tuned to www.offshorepage.com for all the action from Sandusky.
Carl Hunt Hays III
Offshore Powerboat Racing Correspondent