This is the time of year when Lake Havasu City literally has something going on every weekend, and a lot of it centers around our namesake lake. So no matter your marine interests – in fact, whatever floats your boat, you’ll find a great upcoming event in March and April which are some of our busiest months of the year. Grab that PFD and head out (just make sure it’s a PFD – PDFs don’t float very well).
• 26th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, Apr. 7 to 9
Elsewhere in this issue we told you how to receive free tickets to the 2017 Lake Havasu Boat Show. If you like things that float and go fast, or even if you like to relax on the water at a leisurely pace, the 2017 Boat Show is not to be missed.
Now a well established Havasu tradition, this is the largest consumer boat show in Arizona and Nevada attracting over 9,000 and more than 120 exhibitor/vendors exhibiting more than $25 million in boats, trailers and marine accessories. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the latest from Advantage, Caliber 1, Cobra, Conquest, DCB, Domn8er, Eliminator, Hallett, Howard, Interceptor, Nordic, Shockwave, Ultra, and more. Boat Show title sponsors are JetRenu and Mohave State Bank.
Also featured: an on-site demo dock with a wide variety of boats available for test rides. There’s no better way to learn what recreational boating is all about than to be on-the-water and experience it first-hand.
The Boat Show will also play host to the 5th Annual Lake Havasu Regional Chili and Salsa Cook-off, and the 4th Annual Jettribe Lake Havasu Open of Watercross / Gary Hart Memorial races (see related story). Primary sponsor of the Cook-Off is Havasu Regional Medical Center.
There will be food courts and beer gardens on-site. Pet lovers can bring their sea dogs so long as they’re leashed. After all, as they saying goes, every dog has its day, right?
Read more here: http://www.golakehavasu.com
• Jettribe Lake Havasu Open of Watercross / Gary Hart Memorial, April 7 to 9, 2017
They remind us of angry bees buzzing around a nest. But to personal watercraft fans,
the 4th Annual Jettribe Lake Havasu Open of Watercross / Gary Hart Memorial, an IJSBA-sanctioned event, is the wildest show on the water. Held in conjunction with the Lake Havasu Boat Show, the action features some of the best PWC racers from the Western U.S. and Canada. This is the second stop on the 2017 Jettribe West Coast Series and everybody is hungry for points and podium finishes.
Fans will be treated to two days of closed course (short track) racing on a tight multi-turn race course. Sixteen-plus classes of PWCs will be featured including the Pro Ski GP, Pro Runabouts, Vintage classes, and up and coming stars of the sport in the Junior classes. Great weather and a great location, combined with a concentrated pool of talented racers, make Lake Havasu a prime spot to hold this high caliber event.
The action starts both days at 9 a.m. with a tight, twisting Watercross course right in front of Windsor 4 Beach for maximum spectator viewing.
The Gary Hart Memorial race is named for the legendary former owner of Jettrim of Lake Havasu, and avid PWC racer and supporter. Gary would be proud of this one.
Learn more at http://www.golakehavasu.com
• Lake Havasu Hosts U.S. PWC Freestyle Championship, Apr. 29
Personal watercraft (PWC) are like the Swiss Army knives of the marine world.
Lifeguards use PWCs equipped with rescue platforms; rescuers use them to pick up flood survivors; PWCs are used for law enforcement; even the U.S. Navy uses these speedy little craft for target practice. But it’s when PWC are used in racing ….. now that sets our heart aflutter. Just don’t call them Jet Skis. READ MORE
You see, Jet Ski, like WaveRunner or Sea-Doo, are brand names. Jet Ski, in particular, a registered trademark of Kawasaki, has become a generic term for the sport, just as Kleenex, also a brand name, is generic for facial tissue. The correct terms is personal watercraft.
But whatever you call them, PWC Freestyle is the one of the fastest growing adrenaline watersports since the invention of the personal watercraft. The U.S. PWC Freestyle Championship is the tour that separates freestyle competition from high-speed racing on personal watercraft.
Spectators are welcome as riders perform in two-minute routines. Best Trick riders have two attempts to perform their trick. Each competitor is judged on variety, difficulty, execution, flow and number of tricks by a selected panel of judges.
It’s not uncommon to see unbelievable aerial maneuvers, back flips, barrel rolls and submarines all happening just offshore in front of Tinnell Skate Park, Rotary Community Park.
Learn more at http://www.golakehavasu.com