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Racers return to Columbia County

Posted: June 19, 2013 - 12:14am
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Bob Dunlap (red boat) comes around a turn in front of Jerry Davids during the Wildwood Park Regatta - Southeast Divisional for Stock/Mod/J Classes of the American Power Boat Association at Wildwood Park in Appling in last June's races. This class was the 850 CC Modified Runabout.    File photo by Sara Caldwell
File photo by Sara Caldwell
Bob Dunlap (red boat) comes around a turn in front of Jerry Davids during the Wildwood Park Regatta - Southeast Divisional for Stock/Mod/J Classes of the American Power Boat Association at Wildwood Park in Appling in last June's races. This class was the 850 CC Modified Runabout.

After a successful event in its initial year in 2012, powerboat racing is back in Columbia County.

Friday through Sunday, American Power Boat Association racers will be at Pollard’s Cove at Clarks Hill Lake vying for the top spot in the Wildwood Park Regatta.

“Last year was the first year we ever did it and it turned out pretty well,” said Jeb Bell, Wildwood Park coordinator. “We had maybe 50 boats and we’re expecting the same amount, maybe a few more. Anywhere from early teens to 60-year-old people are going to be up here in this event.”

Cost of entry is $5. To accommodate the race, there will be limited access to the mega-boat ramps Friday and no access to Pollard’s Cove and the Wildwood ramps Saturday and Sunday.

Racers in stock, modified and pro categories – mainly from the Carolina Virginia Racing Association – do three laps around a ¾-mile course in each race, with speeds reaching 100 mph. Races begin Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday will be head-to-head racing beginning at 10 a.m.

Vendors will be selling food and drinks.

“The lake’s up this year so we hope that will bring out an extra bit of people and we’re excited and looking forward to it,” Bell said.

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