World Jet Boat Championships set to speed through Grande Prairie
Unlimited Class Jet Boats race in St Maries Idaho. (Penny Batt)
For a couple of days in July, some of the fastest boats in the world will be ripping down the Wapiti River in Grande Prairie.
On July 17th and 18th, the GP leg of the 2019 Canadian World Jet Boat Championships will take place, with upwards of 60 boats representing Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and the United States. Spokesperson Penny Batt says some of the racers will reach speeds of 240 km/h, which seems excessive, but they’re highly skilled behind the wheel.
“It takes a lot of practice being able to read the river. There are actually five classes, and as much as everyone is experienced, each class goes a little bit faster.”
If you’re looking to take in the event, Batt suggests one spot in Grande Prairie may give you the best vantage point for the two days of racing.
“The best place to watch will be from O’Brien Park. One day, we will be leaving from Magoos [landing] to Smoky Flats and returning. The next day we will be going to Wapiti Gardens and returning.”
The World Jetboat Championships are held in Canada every four years.