How we got here
Adirondack Jetski Club (AJC) is formed by social group of recreational riders
Members of the AJC discuss re-entry in Region 8 PWC race scene
The 1st Northeast PWC Rally and Freeride
AJC members continue to attend the closest race events they can, both IJSBA and APBA
Dog Turd Racing (DTR) is formed, as a hoax
2nd Rally, The Ride for Mason's Future, charity ride for Mason Waddle of www.masonsfuture.org DTR becomes a legitimate race team, with a solid 4 member Sport Spec/Sport Mod line up
AJC/DTR attends races on the eastern seaboard, including Myrtle Beach and IJSBA Nationals
The AJC hosts the 3rd annual rally, the 2010 Northeast PWC Invasion
Race attendance including all northeast events, Myrtle Beach and Colonial Beach events
Late season talk among DTR racers begins, regarding hosting local Region 8 races
Northeast Watercraft Alliance (NEWA) is formed as events organization body
NEWA assumes duties hosting of Region 8 social and competitive events
The Northeast Rally and Ride Series is dubbed "JetFest", 4th annual social event
NEWA and WetWerX host first ever Region 8 Adirondack Shoot-Out in Northville, NY
NEWA announces 2012 Region 8 Grassroots Race Series
NEWA hosts JetFest, 5th consecutive freeride event
NEWA and WetWerX host first Region 8 Race Series (3 Races, 6 Rounds)
NEWA adds Safelite as Sponsorship Partner
NEWA attends 31st IJSBA World Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona to promote 2013 Series
More to come...
About us....soup to nuts
In the early part of the 21st century, a few recreational PWC users on The Great Sacandaga Lake in the Adirondack Mountain Park of New York State became aware of each other and began to ride together. Following several years of small individual group riding, these groups were introduced to each other and the Adirondack Jetski Club (AJC) was formed. Initially, the "Club" was an informal group, comprised of a couple of smaller riding crews who met over the course of the season to ride together and enjoy each other's company. As time crept forward, and the members met more often and became closer friends, an idea was put forth to put together a social gathering in the summer of 2008.
After several off-season meetings and a great deal of communicative and promotional effort on the part of club members, the first ever "AJC/AWA Northeast PWC Rally and Freeride" was executed in June 2008 on the Sacandaga at Northampton Campgrounds. "The Rally," it came to be called, was a smashing success, with an attendance total of nearly 100 riders, from points as far as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and even Quebec, Canada! Attendees enjoyed a day of fun, BBQ, freeriding, and guided rides, along with the option to spend the weekend at a first class camping facility. Perhaps the most significant feature of the rally was the give away of a FREE ready to run Kawasaki X2 to one lucky attendee!
In the time following that first event, the rally became an annual institution, recognized by the AWA, PWC magazines and the watercraft community as a "world class PWC event" in the spirit of the Florida Rally Series, Daytona Freeride, Lake Norris ride, and other events of the past and present. Over 50 industry sponsors have been brought on to provide event prizes and increase their market exposure, as well as to promote their products and services. It has long been the goal of the AJC to share their favorite gear with friends and help the truly innovative companies grow and flourish. A free PWC is given away each year!
The AJC has continued to grow, welcoming members from all over the Northeast. Several satellite chapters have formed over the years, a testimony to the desire for regional riding groups to come together socially to express and share their enthusiasm for the PWC lifestyle. We have engaged all manner of social gatherings including birthday celebrations, snowmobile rides, go-cart race days and many others.
Beyond recreational usage, several of the founding AJC members are and have been closed course racers, dating back as far as 1998. As avid riders, talk about "getting back into racing" soon began. In 2008, some of the core members of the group attended a handful of race events in Region 8 and got hooked! The fever caught and the race crew grew very quickly. As a joke, a race team was formed under the name Dog Turd Racing (DTR), as a stab at the sheer number of individuals claiming to have "race teams". The gag turned legitimate, and for 4 consecutive seasons, DTR has represented the largest single race group at any IJSBA or APBA event on the east coast. We bring more racers to the line than any other single racing team, impromptu or other.
Even as interest in racing has grown among team and club members, the sport has continued to decline. Local races are non-existent, and national race tour stops have all but disappeared in Region 8. There is no economical and convenient avenue for either new talent or the seasoned veteran to come out and race. Race fees, transportation and lodging costs as well as equipment costs often force experienced expert racers from hitting the course year after year. It has become apparent that the future of the sport depends on dedicated individuals to host local/regional competitive PWC events. Discussions began in 2010 regarding the potential of a local series.
It was clear that the neither DTR or the AJC were properly organized or structured to efficiently engage the myriad tasks required for subsequent rallies or the forthcoming race endeavor. The Northeast Watercraft Alliance (NEWA) was formed in late 2010 to satisfy the associated needs. Comprised of AJC and DTR members, the NEWA represents a single identifiable entity, responsible for recreational/race event promotion and execution in the Adirondacks and Region 8, in the Northeastern United States.
The NEWA has proved a very capable and successful organization. Our achievements and success would not be possible without the cooperation of our friends and families and the generosity of our event sponsors. The NEWA encourages opportunities to work with enthusiasts and professionals, in and around the PWC lifestyle and sport. Collaboration with industry leaders such as the AWA, Safelite, Monster Energy, Short Block Technologies, Hydro-Turf, WetWerX Water & Snow, Jettribe, ADA, and Blowsion continues, as does our cooperation with local and state law enforcement organizations' first responders. PLEASE take the time to click on our sponsor's links and patronize those companies that help keep our sport alive!