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    Sunday, July 28, 2019

    Race Village Open 10am
    Set Course Buoys 7:30am
    Racer Physicals - St Clair Fire Station 8am
    RACERS MEETING - St Clair Fire Station 9am
    Medical/Dive briefing - St Clair Fire Station 9:30am
    Boat Ramp & Crane Operational 10am-6pm

    Race Control Operational 10am

    Pilot's Meeting - FLZ (if necessary) 10;30am
    Course Support Fleet on station 11am

    Opening Ceremony; Flag Float Down (tentative) 11:15am

    RACING 12pm-5pm
    RACE 1 (start subject to adjustment)
    RACE 2
    RACE 3
    RACE 4
    RACE 5 (if needed)

    Awards Ceremony - War Water @ Riverview Plaza 7pm


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    Powerboats roar into St. Clair

    St. Clair was alive this weekend with the rumble of powerboats.

    Visitors camped out on blankets and in chairs to watch the action during the St. Clair River Classic presented by the St. Clair Inn this weekend. They cheered as engines roared and boats bounced over the wake, and waved as racers took slow victory laps with their checkered flags.

    The races saw several changes in its 25th year, including a new major sponsorship from the St. Clair Inn. This year’s race also had 62 boats. According to Steve Brunner, president of the Blue Water Offshore Racing Association, they’ve only been seeing 30 to 40 racers each year for the past decade.

    Due to the high level of the river, racers were instructed to stay at least 250-feet from the boardwalk during victory laps to help prevent water from splashing onto shore.

    The race village opened along Riverside Avenue in St. Clair Friday, and The Spin Doctors performed at the end of the night from a barge docked off the boardwalk in Palmer Park. On Saturday, the boats were allowed to hit the water for testing. A live performance by Blue Oyster Cult capped off the evening.

    An opening ceremony was held about 11:30 a.m. Sunday to kick off a full day of racing. After several delays caused by passing freighters, the first race was launched around 1 p.m. An awards ceremony was scheduled for later in the evening.


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    McCallan makes driver debut in championships

    Kim McCallan put a huge feather in her cap after making her debut as a driver in the American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship at the weekend.

    The former Bermuda Power Boat Association commodore finished sixth among the eight entries in the ProStock V class at the St Clair River Classic in Michigan, competing on board North Myrtle Beach/Nobody’s Business Offshore Racing’s 30-foot Phantom, which is powered by a 500-horsepower inboard motor.

    “It was definitely a good race,” McCallan, the first Bermudian woman to compete at this level, said. “We were placed in the outside position for the race.

    “Nerves kick in for all racing. I became a bit more comfortable and confident after the first couple of laps and gained speed with every lap, passing two of the other boats in our class.”

    LSB Racing captured the ProStock V class title during Sunday’s race, with Done Deal and Showtime finishing second and third.

    “This was definitely a great experience and I’m happy I was asked to be part of this team,” McCallan added. “I can say that Mark (throttle man Mark Rinda) and Chris (team owner Chris Uzzi) are great team players and, not only helped out, but also encouraged me along this journey.”

    McCallan’s debut did not go without incident.

    “We nearly spun out on one of the turns,” she explained. “But with quick thinking and responses, we managed to get control of the boat, straightened her up and continued.”

    The mother-of-one also took a nasty blow to the head during pre-race testing the day before the main event.

    “We all tested on Saturday and the water conditions weren’t the greatest and it was deteriorating as the day went on,” McCallan said.

    “We spent some time in the air and I took a slam to my head, which took a chunk out of my helmet.

    “We were a bit heavy in the back and moved the ballast around to even her out.”


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