Happy 2021 – Winnebagoland Outboard Marathon A Reminder We Are One!


You want boat shows. We gots boats hows!

A huge shout out.. A loud shoutout to fellow Woody Boater Cameron Searle all the way from South Africa.. Yup, that continent.. A wonderful reminder that no matter how physically we may be are. We are one in Woodyboaterville. And a little A.D.D today! What? SQUIRL?

Long credits up front.

Cameron shared this great video, and man oh man. This is what boat shows should be. Pick a year and you cant park your car or self unless you are from that period. Like a time warp party.


Pinky Rules! SPEAKING OF RULES! Also as a side note, he also sent this little note. Ha! Another reminder that we are all one!

This is prime boating time in South Africa. I thought this list of draconian regulations to ‘smooth the curve’ might interest your readers. Oh, and all alcohol sales have been banned since Tuesday until 15th January, yet again. And nightly curfew from 9pm to 6am.

Here ya go!

Knysna Estuary directives – Amended Level 3 lockdown

After the announcement by the President on the evening of Monday the 28th of December 2020,
there have been varying interpretations of what this would entail for the Knysna Estuary, which
forms part of the Garden Route National Park.
Knysna, within the Garden Route Municipal District has also been declared a hotspot for the rapid
spread of the CORONA VIRUS.
Based on recent unfortunate events which took place on the Knysna Estuary, where blatant
disregard to the adherence of COVID-19 regulations was shown by members of the public (namely,
no spatial distancing and no wearing of masks), it proved yet again the need for more stringent
controls in order to flatten and reduce the curve of infections during this second and more intense
wave spreading through the country.
As per the amended regulations:
27(2), Government Notice 1423, published on 29 December 2020
36.(9)All beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, inclusive of all recreational facilities at these places, are
closed to the public in all areas declared as hotspots.
This regulation restricts the use of beaches including those within the Knysna Estuary for purposes of
walking, running, dog-walking, sunbathing, standing around or sitting on.
39.(1) The following places are closed for the public:
(d) public parks, including recreational facilities at such places, where there are no access control
measures and entry limitations already in place.
Based on the above regulation and given that the Knysna Estuary is part of a park, SANParks has
taken the decision to restrict all recreational activities including boating, swimming, skiing, tubing,
fishing from vessels, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing, etc. on the Knysna Estuary as from 31
December 2020 until the NCC has reviewed the Level 3 restrictions.
All Commercial Operators registered with SANParks as a concessionaire will be allowed to operate
their vessels given that they do have all COVID control measures of screening, spatial distancing and
wearing of masks in place and strictly adhere to these regulations. No kayak rentals, SUP’s, etc to be
operational during this period
Failing to adhere to this may result in the specific operator being restricted due to non-adherence of
control measures as per the regulations.
All fishing activity from the shoreline and bait collecting from the open zones will be allowed
between the daylight hours of 06h00 to 18h00 in line with other park operating times.

Please be reminded that SANParks is acting in accordance with the DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT,
1423, published on 29 December 2020.
SANParks trust in your co-operation to ensure that these regulations are adhered to at all times.

Anyone have a tube of Purel? What’s Purel? Some sort of hair tonic? What? Like Dipity Dew? I think? maybe just wash yourself in rubbing alcohol… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH cut cut! AHHHHHHHHHHH.. Sorry, I went off script there. For the one person that laughs, I salute your place on a spectrum!

21 replies
  1. Greg Seibold
    Greg Seibold says:

    Great races. When I was a kid growing up on Lake Winnebago/Oshkosh these races drove right in front of our home, very close to the lighthouse shown in video. I remember many boats breaking down or sinking because of rough water. Always fun to watch!

  2. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da I P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da I P ) says:

    Happy New Year everybody. Let’s be positive, this year is going to be better😀

  3. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    great vid! How about that tractor rig that pulled the boats out of the water…cool!
    Best in the New Year to all….

    John in Va…..Going Boating…much more fun in 21

  4. Jeff Armstrong
    Jeff Armstrong says:

    I can’t imagine running boats this small on Winnebago. 20 footers have a bumpy ride on the shallow Lake Winnebago. A little wind and it gets choppy real quick. This is also before the no wake zones on the Fox in Oshkosh. Half of the river is no wake now. They still race hydros on Millers Bay in Menomonee Park In Oshkosh every Labor Day. It is a short course, so nothing compared to 92 miles. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Years!

  5. Murdock
    Murdock says:

    Let’s get to it!!! ‘21 is here and it’s time to be positive!!! Some hard times still ahead but it’s what we do to adapt and overcome that defines our future.
    Oh and yeah, outboard racing is a hoot too. Come to northern MI the second weekend in August and we’ll show you a great race called the Top ‘O Michigan Outboard Nationals! https://youtu.be/jQcdcQUB5KI

  6. Toby Hall
    Toby Hall says:

    My boat D-42-W competed in the Winnebagoland Marathon from 1957 through 1961. Jim Komrowski was the original owner and driver – his best finish was 6th place in 1959. Those guys were manly men! Happy New Year!

  7. Chug-A-Lug
    Chug-A-Lug says:

    Wow! what a video!Wouldn’t be me as I gotta whiz every 10-20 minutes.Might be a way to test bilge pump tho.

  8. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Well done coverage by an obviously professional videographer. Had to get on Google Maps to see the race route. Amazingly maximum 25 hp class down to 7 1/2 with the winning boat completing in 1 hour and 42 minutes or 42 seconds, I got confused based on the narration versus the interview.

  9. Dane
    Dane says:

    Was this race Bob Switzer’s first big win? Amazing that he spent 10 minutes bailing out his boat in Oshkosh and still set a course record.

  10. John Davis
    John Davis says:

    Knew Jim K very well .Raced with the Cartrights .Ran the marathon when it swithed to Fondy from Neenah.

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