Thursday Night Blarney Island Boat Races

Is drag racing your forte? There’s a rumble and a thunder on the Chain O’ Lakes as Blarney Island  in Antioch hosts the 36th season of Drag Boat Racing.

These races take place every Thursday night until Labor Day.

Then there’s the track. It’s a lot more organized than your 18th or 19th version of the Fast and the Furious movie (seriously how many of those movies are there). The approximate length of the course is 800 feet in an open lake.
These participants are known for being fast, furious and fearless against the infamous choppy waters at Blarney Island.

In these races there are two types of drives: outboard and inboard. The racers are divvied into nine different race classes in the Northern Illinois Drag Boat Racing Association (NIDBA): Pro Sport, Lake Racer, Outlaw, and Pro Gas for outboard drives and Lake racers, single carb, multi carb, open class and unlimited classes for an inboard ride.

Are you a spectator of races? Well here’s what you need to know about parking. Anchoring out and watching the races is some of the best free racing entertainment you can get! The front row to the race course *Blarney Island pier parking* is reserved, or pay by race night spots. The pit area is race boat parking ONLY! These are reserved from 5:30 to 7:30 (or race ending). Once the races are over, all slips are once again open to FREE parking.

There is also an expanded section of FREE parking on Blarney Island during race nights, now including the brat bar row. Please view the parking map below for FREE vs. RESERVED vs RACER ONLY parking.

If you’re looking to get involve with racing, contact the NIDBA. They will inspect your equipment to see if your boat will meet one of the classes for assignment and to see if your boat meets all of the safety criteria.
On your mark….get set….GO to participate or attend the Blarney Island Boat Races.


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