Wait, When Was That Race Scheduled For Again? Hasty To The Rescue

Keeping up with the sport of PWC racing can be a challenge – especially during the slow, dreary down-months of winter, with every racer – from novice to world champion – eager to get the next season rolling, and tour promoters, sanctioning bodies and race directors scrambling to lock down race sites and dates.

With the 2024 season still a “few” hard freezes, winter storms and frigid mornings away, it is shaping up to be a race-packed season, with even more race events than the 2023 season, which in and of itself was a busy year. But as much as that may be viewed as (Very) good news by both racers and fans, it also exacerbates the aforementioned challenge – keeping up with race schedules. 

Luckily, thanks to the dedication of one racer, that challenge is significantly reduced.

For more than five years now, Kirsten Hasty  – a Region 8 Sport and XPL racer – has managed, updated and maintained the PWC Racing Schedules Facebook page, and it is easily the most accurate, up-to-date resource for the When and Where of PWC competitions.

From the day the page launched, its purpose was clear, stated in the page description

This group was created for the sole purpose of sharing information concerning PWC Racing schedules in the US and Canada. This page will include all sanctioning bodies in the US and Canada. Announcements at the top of this page will have all known US and Canadian racing schedules and will be updated as more information becomes available. Feel free to post information about upcoming races in the US and Canada. This site is for INFORMATION related to US and Canadian race schedules only. Any post that is not information related to race schedules in the US and Canada may be deleted.  

Despite the clear boundaries stated in the description, with nearly 3,000 members, one would expect a fair amount of drama on the page, especially with some of the recent shakeups in the competitive PWC status quo. One would be wrong, in this case, however; PWC Racing Schedules remains an informational clearinghouse, not a free-for-all discussion forum. There are plenty of those around, and it is refreshing to know that there is still a place to turn for a reliable, up-to-date compendium of race announcements, schedules, rules and related news, free from the debates and dissension that can dominate many PWC pages and discussions.

As PWC racer and 2020 Women’s Runabout World Champion Renee Hill stated about Hasty, “She’s  pretty accurate on all the dates because she gets them right from the promoters. I used to race against her at the World Finals. Always had a smile on her face and loves PWC racing like so many of us.”

For Team Reckless Abandonment’s Ryan Stevens, the reliable information from Hasty’s Facebook page helps him put together a detailed schedule to keep himself and his daughter on track for their races.

“I absolutely love what Kirsten does for us. I am able to see the whole list of races in order; I then take that list and use ChatGPT and add distance traveled and stops needed per race, then I make up my mind what is going to work out best for me and my daughter,” he said. “Kirsten makes it easy and simple. When someone asks about racing, it is always so simple to just direct them to the page and download the file.”

Following is a simplified roundup of race dates for the 2024 season – for details and a consistently-updated source for new announcements about the coming race season – visit, like and follow the PWC Racing Schedules Facebook page – and drop a thank you in the comments to Kirsten for the countless hours she puts into keeping this resource available for the PWC family.   

P1 AquaX
April 19-21 – Daytona Beach, FL
May 10-12 – Kissimmee/St. Cloud FL
July 12-15 – Michigan City, IN
July 26-28 – LaPorte, IN
Oct. 18-20 – St. Petersburg, FL
Nov. 1-3 (Tentative) – Clearwater FL
Possibility of one more round.

2024 Mark Hahn 300 – Saturday, Feb. 24 

AJSA (American Jet Sport Association)
April 20-21 – Season Opener in Chattanooga, TN
May 24-26 – Guntersville, AL
June 7-9 – Smith Mtn Lake, VA
July 5-7 – Spindale, NC
July 12-14 – Johnson City, TN
Aug. 2-4 – Chattanooga, TN
Aug. 16-18 – Pulaski County, VA
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 – AJSA US Open (location not provided yet)

NautiWater Mid-America Series
June 8-9 – Hillsdale Lake, KS
July 13-14 – Altus, OK
July 26-28 – OKC, OK
August 1-2 – Lake Lavon, TX
August 3-4 – Lake Lavon, TX
August 17-18 – Clinton Lake, KS

NautiWater LoneStar Race Series
March 15-16 – Orange, TX
May 25-26 – Paris, TX
July 13-14 – Altus, OK
July 26-28 – OKC, OK
Aug. 1-2 – Lake Lavon, TX
Aug. 3-4 – Lake Lavon, TX
Aug.  31 – Sept. 1 – Paris, TX

IJSBA Best of the West Series
March 16-17 – Parker, AZ
April 20-21 – Lake Havasu City, AZ
May 4-5 – Huntington Beach, CA
May TBA – Lake Havasu, AZ
June 8-9 – Lake Havasu, AZ
Aug. 10-11 – Parker, AZ
Sept. 14-15 – Lake Havasu, AZ

East Coast Watercross
June 1-2 – Webster, MA
June 22-23 – Sylvan Beach, NY
Aug. 3-4 – Plattsburgh, NY
Aug. 24-25 – Watkins Glen, NY
Sept. 7-8 – Sylvan Beach, NY

Great Lakes Watercross
June 8-9 – Nekoosa, WI
June 22-23 – Prairie Du Chien, WI
July 6-7 – Nekoosa, WI
July 20-21 – Harbor Beach, MI
July 27-28 – La Porte, IN
Aug. 10-11 – Racine, WI
Aug. 24-25 – Nekoosa, WI

2024 SBT WGP-1 World Finals (IJSBA)
IJSBA’s Junior program will begin Sunday, October 6 as normal.  Competition will begin on Monday, October 7.  The last day of scheduled competition is Sunday, October 13. October 14 is a reserved overflow day in the event of weather issues.  

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Jessica Waters

Editor – jessica.watersedge@gmail.com Currently the News Director at WNEG Radio in Northeast Georgia, Jessica Waters is a photojournalist and reporter who has covered competition stock car racing, downhill skiing, motocross, horse racing and hydroplane races for more than 30 years, and added jet ski races and freestyle competitions in 2010, covering many competitions for local and national media outlets.

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