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By Roger Harnack

Overkill, Gold Rush repeat as winners

Thousands turn out for sprint boat racing


Last updated 9/2/2021 at 9:07am

Matthew O. Stephens

Dylan Hatch and Dani Finely roll the Blew Bayou (Pelican Fueling) boat onto an island after missing a hairpin turn. The team would settle from the crash and come back out in the 2nd round of qualifying.

ST. JOHN – Several thousand race fans turned out Saturday for the second installment of Sprint Boat racing at Webb's Slough.

The fastest time was posted by the No. 69 boat, Overkill, piloted by Dennis Hughes and navigated by his daughter, Samantha Hughes, both of Greenacres.

Sprint boat racing pits a driver and navigator against a maze of channels and the clock. At speeds reaching more than 80 mph, the driver concentrates on making turns as the navigator memorizes the course and directs the driver using hand motions.

Overkill posted a time of 36.63 seconds, nearly a second faster than the...

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