LAKE ELSINORE: Jet ski races return

More than 100 participants expected at Elm Grove

By MICHAEL J. WILLIAMS - Staff Writer | Friday, February 20, 2009 5:08 PM PST

LAKE ELSINORE ---- At least 100 personal watercrafts will take to the lake Saturday in the first of a series of racing events to be held periodically in ensuing months, organizers said.

The series, billed as the Lake Elsinore Watercraft Dash, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Elm Grove Recreational Area, which is on Lakeshore Drive between Lowell and Poe streets and next to the city's boat launch. Admission for spectators is $3 per person, Lake Elsinore Aquatic Resources Director Pat Kilroy said.

Kilroy said the races will bring some excitement to the lake during the typically stagnant off-season.

"We always want to see the lake used to the highest public benefit," Kilroy said. "Especially in the off-season, Elm Grove beach is underutilized. This is the perfect event for this time of year."

Saturday's races will be the first that have been held at the lake in several years, said organizer David Pulley of DMP Motorsports.

"We had one here about three years ago," Pulley said. "In the late '90s, there were some races. So this is kind of bringing it back again at a bigger level."

DMP, which is located on Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore, is sponsoring the series. It will continue with Round 2 on March 21; Rounds 3 and 4, May 9-10; Round 5, Aug. 22; and Round 6, Sept. 19, according to

Pulley said professionals and amateurs will be participating Saturday, with the amateur entrance fee set at $70 and $100 for professionals. Racers must be at least 13 years old, he said.

He said the races are being conducted under the auspices of the American Power Boat Association. In each of the rounds, participants will collect points with the goal of getting the highest total by the end of the series.

Participants will be arriving from throughout the West for Saturday's race, while others from across the nation and Canada are signing up for the May dates, Pulley said. The Lake Elsinore races are part of a regional competition involving races in California, Nevada and Arizona, which could put skiers into contention for the national championship, he said.

Pulley, 42, said he has been racing on personal watercrafts since 1997 and plans to compete Saturday if he can free himself from his supervising duties.

"It's a sport that's kind of slowed down a lot because of the economy, but a lot of guys are trying to rev it up to get it back to what it used to be in the '70s," he said.

Contact staff writer Michael J. Williams at (951) 676-4315, Ext. 2635, or [email protected].

Lake Elsinore Watercraft Dash

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Elm Grove Recreational Area, 520 W. Lakeshore Drive.

Cost: $3 admission for spectators.; $70 race entry fee for amateurs; $100 for professionals.

Information: DMP Motorsports, 18120 Grand Ave., at, or (951) 609-3623.