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Jasper, president of State Dock, said there will be sufficient space for boats to tie up along the race course during the upcoming Lake Cumberland Grand Prix.
Hilda Legg, marketing director for the event, said there is ample parking below Wolf Creek Dam for the vehicles of those who want to visit the race village to be located on Halcomb's Landing.
That race village will be open to the public at no charge on Friday. Visitors will be able to look over the boats, see the crowning of Miss Lake Cumberland Grand Prix and enjoy the band booked for that evening, Legg said.
Access will only be through the shuttle from the parking area of via water taxi.
Jasper said that the north side of the course immediately adjacent to the bank will be the primary viewing area.
He reminded boaters that the area will be a "no wake" zone, rather than an idle zone. Jasper stressed that boaters will be stopped as they enter the area and regulation enforcement will be strict.
Houseboats can beach on the shore and other boats can anchor all along the north side, and either watch from their boats or call for one of the three water taxies to make their way to race village.
The organizers' web site reported that the south side will have 100 ft from the shore available for boat traffic from Indian Creek to the east, upstream.
No traffic will be allowed on the south side towards the dam and no boat parking will be allowed on the south side.
Boats may tie up in the coves on the south side of the lake, but not in the main body of the lake, Jasper pointed out.
"We will be running complimentary Water Taxis for spectators that would like to go from their anchored boats to Race Village," Jasper said.
To summon that ride use Marine Radio Channel 23, he advised.
Organizers report that In order to get the most out of the experience at the boat races, spectators could start the day by taking a walk through Race Village (on Saturday and Sunday there will be an entrance fee the Race Village, $10.00/day for adults, $5.00/day for children age 7-12 and no cost for children age 6 and under).
They pointed out that there's no stadium, very few fences and even fewer locations that the public won't be allowed to access, like the crane area where the boats are lifted into the water. Other than that, visitors are invited to get up close and personal with the teams.
"Meet the drivers and throttlemen, ask for an autograph and if you have kids, ask if they can sit in the boat," according to the promoters. "You'll find the whole experience is very fan friendly and family oriented."