Since 2013 the South Shore Outboard Association has conducted a “Racing School”. The program was initiated in an effort to not only introduce family’s to the exciting sport of outboard hydroplane racing but to actually prepare and get youngsters out on the water. Aimed at the younger aged Junior Division drivers, which compete in the J and AX classes, boats were bought, donated and loaned to get the school off the ground – or more precisely, on the water!

The first step is the “Dry School”.  The Dry School consisted of a day of classroom instruction starting with a video introduction to boat racing, followed by safety gear/helmet explanation and fitting, getting in and out of a fully set up display hydro with hands on instructions about steering and all the controls. An interactive discussion followed with the teaching of proper starting and stopping of boats, cornering techniques, race course procedures, flags, race starting techniques and any other questions that arose.

After attending the Dry School, students are invited to the “Wet School”. In the Wet School the new drivers actually get an opportunity on a real race course, to learn the fundamentals including how to properly get on and off plane, and complete a lap and safely return to the pits.

Often these schools are also attended by other “veteran” Junior drivers who assist the rookies.

For Racing School information please contact Bruce Nichols at 781-293-9933 or