Boats pack harbor for Festival races
Published: June 25, 2012
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More than a dozen competitors racing in seven classes went head to head in Cruz Bay Harbor on Sunday for the annual St. John Festival Boat Races.
Festival representatives said that because of time restraints, the bigger boats in the Unlimited and Offshore classes did not get a chance to compete.
Event organizer Glenville Ross, chairperson for the St. John Water Sports Festival and Cultural Organization, said the races have always been "a great spectator friendly event."
Ross said many of the racers who competed at the St. Thomas Carnival Water Sports event in April faced off in Cruz Bay Harbor. BVI vessels also participated.
The winners received cash. The racing classes included Jet Skis 700 CC and 110-1200 CC, 35-50 horsepower, 60-90 horsepower, 200-250 horsepower, 250-300 horsepower and 250-300 24-feet V haul.
Rasheed Frett was one of the top performers, taking second in the 250-300 horsepower class. He also won the 250-300 24-feet V haul class.
The power boat racers will face off again in August in the BVI.
"They come down and support us, so we will return the favor," Ross said. "Next year, we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary, so we're hoping to bring in the fastest boats from St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix, the BVI and Puerto Rico."
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