The owner of the Skater vee I ran made a pass with it on Sunday morning. He has well over 100 hours in that boat. I have about 5 hrs, but I have made several passes at the Shootout with it. He only got the boat to 102. He accidentally pulled one kill switch right at the start. He was so worked up that he was trying to start the engine in gear. Needless to say, it wouldn't crank. When he got it started, he was past the start line and was off plane. This is certainly nothing against the owner. He knows the boat way better than I do. He has a ton more time in it than I do. My point is that it isn't as easy as most would think.
I think everyone should give it a try. It's not about winning. It is an absolute blast. I have to say that the Shootout is the most fun I have at any boating event. Go give it a try.