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With the 2024 Barefoot Nationals just two months away (August 24th-27th), it isn’t too early to start training for this tournament.
One thing to consider when training is your preferred speed for each event. The elevation in Helena, Montana is about 4000 ft. For every 1000 feet you go up in altitude a motor will lose about 4% air and fuel injection will reduce the fuel the same amount. Combine this with less compression you can lose 5% in performance for each 1000 feet. With that said a 400hp motor will only generate about 320hp in Helena and thus we can only expect 45 & ½ mile per hour with a fully loaded boat.
We will put all the judges in the back seat which will improve the wake and makes the boats faster.
Elevation will decrease a towboat’s top speed, and skiers attending Nationals can expect the tournament boats to reach 45mph, if you have questions, please see rule 207 (A)2. The 3 boats pulling the event have all been tested in tournament conditions at high altitudes. Two boats will be 8.1-liter Sanger and one is a 400 hp small block. I would like to thank Hank Cobb and Paul Klutz for donating the use of their boats.
The other detail on the site is lake is 2400 feet long with the advisory buoy a 1020 feet (200 feet longer than the rulebook requirement) and this still gives you 18 + seconds of slalom or tricking time. This lake should be very comfortable for all skiers.
So, if you’re planning to ski the 2024 Nationals, please be sure to prepare and train at speeds less than 45 & ½ mph.