Model boats to roar into Hobart starting Thursday

2013-09-03T18:15:00Z 2013-09-03T23:31:11Z Model boats to roar into Hobart starting ThursdayDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

HOBART | The city will play host to the fifth annual Indy Masters Clocktower Model Boat Race on Lake George, starting Thursday.

The races, which continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday, begin at 8 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m.

Spectators can view the races from the Third Street Bridge or bleachers along the lakefront.

More than 80 national and international boaters with 300 boats traveling at speeds ranging from 40 to 90 mph will race through Lake George.

The event will include a variety of boats, mostly hydroplanes, said Raeann Trakas, city special events coordinator.

The model boats are powered by nitro methane engines, gasoline or electric motors, Trakas said.

Indy Masters racers are competing for the Clocktower Trophy, designed by James Herrick, of Hobart.

The trophy is an exact replica of Hobart's Clocktower on Third Street, Trakas said.

Raffle tickets are available to win two twin model tugboats valued at $798. T-shirts will be available to buy.

Food will be available for purchase in the downtown Hobart restaurant tent. Soft drinks will be sold by Cub Scout Troop No. 42, and ice cream and hot dogs will be sold by Pratt's Concession.

Participants are welcome to talk to the boat owners, who have set up tents showcasing their models along the lakefront.

There is no entry fee at the event and free parking is available throughout the downtown, Trakas said.

Longtime Hobart residents Janet Herrick and her husband, James, came up with the idea for the model powerboat races several years ago after taking a walk to Lake George.

When they became members of the city's Special Events Committee, they broached the idea and then contacted Indianapolis Model Boat Racing representatives who agreed to sponsor the event.

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