Forest Lake to host power boat races, memorial regatta

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The Twin Cities Power Boat Association is hosting races on Forest Lake off Lakeside Memorial Park from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. About 40 drivers  will compete in seven classes throughout the weekend, reaching speeds up to 115 mph.

TCPBA is the largest power boat club of its kind in the nation, with this weekend marking the second year of races on Forest Lake. Following the races, the pits will be opened to the public to meet the drivers and explore the boats.

The Minnesota chapter of Tribute to the Troops will also make an appearance both days with a motorcycle ride-in to honor fallen soldiers prior to the races. The TTTT hopes to raise money for the fallen soldiers children’s education fund.

Another promotion for the races is the Ron Baker Sr. Memorial Regatta, which will sponsored by Vannelli’s by the Lake, Interstate Companies, Tousley Motorsports, and many other local businesses.

Ron Baker Sr. will be honored and recognized for his lifetime achievements with progressing the sport of power boat racing and involvement with the Forest Lake community. Some of his contributions incude being a two-time American Power Boat Association world record holder, former commodore (president) of the Twin City Power Boat Association and designer of boats at HydroStream in New Brighton, Minn. in the mid-70s.

Admission to the event is free and concessions will be available. The public boat launch at Lakeside Memorial Park will be closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday to accomodate the races.