The roar of the engine, rush of the wind, making waves and making memories with family and friends are a boater’s way of life. It’s the life that Carrie Sixkiller embraces to the fullest as a 10- time winner in her class and Hall of Fame inductee
at the Lake of the Ozarks SHOOTOUT.
“Every boating and racing memory is exciting,” Carrie says. “It never gets old. It’s something I love to do, and boating is something my husband and I do together.” This Collinsville, Oklahoma, native and her husband Ron even met while boating with friends. It was also at Lake Perry, Kansas, close to their home in Topeka where Ron proposed to her. Their love of boating was the backdrop at their 2005 wedding in Key West, Florida, during World’s Offshore Races. “I was walking down the aisle on a beach with poker run boats coming in from Miami behind us,” she says, grinning. “I mean getting married, on a beach, with the sound of big power behind you, can you think of anything better?” Not only did she think of something exciting, she’s been doing
it since 2007. She single-handedly drives her B-Nauti and wins at the SHOOTOUT’s PV1F1 class with her 1993 24-foot Baja Outlaw, single 525 SC engine with a Bravo 1 Drive. “This is our ‘every weekend’ Lake boat,” she adds. “We do nothing different
to it when I run it at the SHOOTOUT.”
She may drive it by herself and grind many elbow-grease hours into her boat, but she credits her devoted team of mechanics and sponsors. “Thank you will never be enough to these friends for what they do for us,” Carrie says.
When not boating, Carrie is the office manager for Suntell, a software development company. Carrie and Ron enjoy their families, dog Little Miss Molly, and cats SissyCat and DitchKitty whose escapades are bookworthy. Also noteworthy is Carrie’s concern for others. She volunteers year-round as the lead of SilverBras. This program assists young ladies’ needs for undergarments, including more than 6,000 bras in her Kansas community. Plus, she spearheads many events to help women needing breast exams and mammograms, and lends a hand to young ladies with free prom dresses.
Monarch butterflies are another passion of Carrie’s. Her backyard garden is on the national registry. Her milkweed and nectar plants attract the butterflies. She then collects the eggs, nurtures them into adults, tags them and releases them in the late summer and fall.
Some have been reported making it to Mexico. On one, she even did a double wing transplant. “My latest, ‘Wow I can’t believe I did that!’ moment,” she reveals. With her many exhilarating moments on the land and on the water, Carrie has no plans to stop experiencing and creating them anytime soon. She will return this August with B-Nauti, her husband, crew and friends to run the SHOOTOUT and rock the boating life at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Q. HOW DID YOU BEGIN BOATING?
A. It all started with three girlfriends and a 1965 30-foot Kayot pontoon houseboat. At full speed this boat, which was named The Chick Boat, went 10 mph. We three girls, nicknamed “The Cowgirls,” were all about doing it on our own and Girl Power. If something needed to be done to the boat, we did it.
Q. DO YOU HAVE A BOATING MENTOR?
A. Mike “Gordo” Gordon has been my mentor, best friend and a big brother figure for 16 years. He was the “go to” guy when it came to powerboats. If I was going to own a boat like this I wanted to know how to work on it and he showed me. We finally dropped her in the water. It was cold and windy but it was one of best days of my life!
Q. WHAT MADE YOU ENTER THE SHOOTOUT?
A. We continued to watch our great friend Gordo run in the SHOOTOUT for years until one year Ron told me he thought I could
do this! In 2007 I ran my boat for the first time for Gordo when he couldn’t make it. I wore his helmet and shirt and had him on my cell phone when I made the run. I ran B-Nauti 79 mph to win my class. I was hooked! And here I am, 13 years later, still running B-Nauti in the LOTO SHOOTOUT epitomizing Girl Power, and I don’t have plans to quit any time soon.
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY EXCITING RACING MEMORIES YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
A. Just last year, the sweetest little girl came up and asked who was the driver of this boat. My crew pointed me out to her. Her eyes lit up and she asked me if she could have my autograph. I was so honored that I cried. I hope that little girl left there thinking she can do anything she wants to do. Anything! I hope I can show girls that you can do anything. Even if it’s a boys’ world, you can still do it! •