LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – Some of the fastest watercraft racers in the Pacific Northwest will be hitting the water here this weekend for the fifth annual Devils Lake Dash.

Racing and freestyle takes place at Regatta Park on Devils Lake; admission is free to spectators.

Watercross and freestyle action are expected to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. An evening meet-and-greet is also being planned for Saturday evening.

Watercross racing features high-speed straights, hairpin turns and a split course with both ski and runabout classes for motorsports enthusiasts. Freestyle competitors will be demonstrating their unique control over their craft with a variety of tricks, stunts and flips.

“You won’t find any faster action in Lincoln City,” Northwest Jet Sports Association Promotor Roger Harnack said, noting the event is sanctioned by International Jet Sports Boating Association.

Race organizer Bill Cox said the water on the lake this week was a “warm” 64 degrees, noting that spectators will have an opportunity meet with racers and learn about watercross and freestyle without having to get wet.

In previous years, both Jetovator and Flyboard operators have participated during intermissions, teaching spectators how to use a SeaDoo to fly over the waters of the lake.

Area residents who want to get into the action won’t just have to sit on the shore, either.

According to Harnack, the associations allow for competitors in a variety of ages, classes and skill levels.

“There will be ski and runabout classes for men and women,” Harnack said. “And junior racers (ages 10-16) can compete in age-based ski races.”

First time racers can compete as beginners, providing they have a helmet, kill switch, life vest and spinal protection.

There are even classes for “vintage” skis.

For more information on the event, contact Harnack at 360-461-7347.

Date: April 30 and May 1


Physical Location of the event: Regatta Park, N.E. Regatta Park Road, Lincoln City, Ore.