Skimming across the water at speeds over 70mph, RC enthusiasts raced their radio controlled power boats at the Canadian American RC Summer Shootout. The high pitched sound of tiny motors echoed across the pond at Eastview Park in Celina, as competitors raced power boats at speeds topping 75mph.
Sisters Dani and Jackie Johnson are new to the hobby, racing what is referred to as "ready-to-run" boats. These 400 dollar toys come completely assembled, allowing newcomers to dive right in to the sport. For the girls, the experience has been enjoyable, after winning a few races, but there are still a few difficulties the girls face.
The sport is dominated by male racers, and the average age is much older than the Johnson sisters, but because the gender and age gap is so wide, the sisters feel no discomfort or extra pressure while racing.
On the other end of the experience scale, Vince Amore has been racing for years, and now races in three different classes. Compared to the 400 dollar price tag on "ready-to-run" boats, Vince has put in a few thousand dollars into his boats.
No stranger to the competitive nature of racing, Vince says his decision to race power boats came down to ease of travel. Previously racing snowmobiles and cars, RC power boats can fit right in the back of the truck.
Making the day a little bit better, Jackie, Vince, and a few other competitors, went home with their heads held high after a few victories in Sunday's races.