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03/23/04

Speeding Across The Sound

Some of the best race viewing will be from Point Cadet, atop the Isle of Capri and Grand Casino parking garages, on to the Biloxi lighthouse. The offshore races will feature the four fastest classes of boats. 

"The slowest class is a hundred miles an hour and the fastest class is 130 miles an hour. These are all multimillion dollar boats and multimillion dollar owners," one of the orgranizers, Rusty David, says.

For many of the boat owners, this will be a repeat visit. The Mississippi Coast played host to the world racing championships six years ago before the boats sped off to St. Petersburg. 

"They approached us about starting a new organization which is offshore super series, which is just boatowners so there's not a promoter involved," David says.

Smokin' the Sound is the organization spending $250,000 to bring the races to Biloxi. Organizers want the community to catch the racing fever too, with businesses buying sponsorships. 

"With those you get wrist bands to get into all the premium viewing areas as well as the race village which is at Point Cadet Plaza where all these boats will be available to be viewed" organizer Woody Bailey says.

Bailey says Smokin' could evolve into the spring version of Cruisin' the Coast. 

"Make this eventually into a week long event. Maybe have a poker run from Casino Magic all the way around to Boomtown and other racing going on in Back Bay that we used to have years ago in Gulfport Lake."

The teams and their fast boats arrive in Biloxi April 20th to rev up five days of racing fun. The boat owners are coming to Biloxi from all over the country. 

For more information on Smokin' the Sound, the events, the dates and sponsorships, call 594-3442.

byMarcia Hill

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