Speed boats gather at first of six races in Lake Ming for drag boat racing season

Festivities kicked off on Saturday

LAKE MING, Calif. - Speed boats from all over California met at Lake Ming on Saturday morning to officially kick off the drag boat racing season.

"I always knew speed on water was different," said drag boat racer Mike Davis. "I do it solely because I love it. That's why I built everything on this boat from hardware and the engine from the ground up." 

The sport, however, has been loosing some popularity.

"We're kind of in a down slope right now. The economy really has affected us," said Davis. "Right now we're trying to get families to come out the father and son teams," he said. 

Another concern that's driven away people from the sport? Safety. 

The National Jet Boat Association is working on stricter safety precautions and making the sport more affordable, but more work needs to be done.

Lake Ming will continue to host races on April 27, May 17 and 18, May 30 and 31st, Sept. 20 and 21, October 18 and 19, and lastly on November 15 and 16. 

Admission gates open at 7 a.m. on Sunday and tickets are $10.


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