Apparently, taking photos of Outlaw class (no restrictions on fuel types, etc.) racing boats is a bit different from taking regular fishing and hunting pictures. If you need a visual aid, check out the photo above. It was my first attempt at catching a photo of a speeding race boat at the two-day Deep South Racing Association event that concluded Sunday afternoon on Lake D’Arbonne.
I’ve got to admit, watching the fastest of these boats run is quite exciting and the noise their engines make, which I can not seem to properly mimic with any combination of letters (okay, I’ll try — it’s like a high pitched (whhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. . . .) But watching boat races is kind of like my white perch fishing. Sometimes it seems like there is a long time between “bites” as different classifications and boats hurry up and wait in between heats and races. But since most of the fans were bobbing around in pontoon boats or sitting comfortably in lounge chairs under cypress shade trees on Ramp Road sipping ice tea and the like, I doubt anyone cared.
Nevertheless, this week’s races brought out great crowds and gave Lake D’Arbonne and Union Parish businesses a shot in the arm from locals and folks from at least seven different states. Yes, I was license plate watching. There were tents and race boats on trailers all over the west end of town near the lake.
This is the second straight year for the tour to stop at D’Arbonne. Other race sites include Lake Catahoula, Gulfport, Mt. Pleasant (Texas) and Morgan City. D’Arbonne was the third of the five stops for the 2014 circuit. Winners accumulate points and prize money. I’d tell you more about it, but frankly I’m not much of a boat racing authority, so I’ll just leave with this thought: If you are going to take pictures, make sure you bring your “A” game. When they are blowing and going, those little buggers are hard to catch!