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04/23/05

Boat Racers Prepare To Smoke The Sound

From the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge, to the top of the Isle of Capri, people couldn't help but slow down to watch colorful machines glide across the water - some at more than 135 miles per hour.

"It's unusual to see boats of this nature on the coast so it's fun to come watch something different for a change," said Tammy Sanders of Ocean Springs.

Hundreds of people tried to find the perfect spot to watch more than 30 teams of boat racers from all over the United States prepare for Sunday's competitions.

"Their tweaking their engines for tomorrow for the certain condition. I'm sure they're preparing for what the forecast is saying they are gonna have tomorrow," said event co-producer Gene Oswalt.

The racers will compete in one of five racing categories, attempting to capture one of the coveted awards and of course, recognition.

Organizers say this event has gained more national recognition for South Mississippi, particularly for its natural beauty, which is why they say they will bring the event here as many years as they can.

"We've got a beautiful body of water out here and we don't use it except for fishing tournaments and you know, and we've got some of the best race courses and best race viewing in the United States," said Oswalt.

And many people agree, including this group from Pass Christian.

They have spent all day looking to satisfy their need for speed.

Fortunately, they got it.

"So far so good," said Fran Ely.

"It's pretty exciting.You don't see it very often. Hope it comes back," said Steve Howell.

The gentlemen and women will rev up their engines in competition, beginning Sunday at noon.

By Karla Redditte

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