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Powerboat thunder returns to the County

At the Prince Edward Yacht Club last week, a restored Miss Canada was sitting in the same spot she was launched from in 1950 to promote the hydroplane's anniversary run. -John Lyons photo

At the Prince Edward Yacht Club last week, a restored Miss Canada was sitting in the same spot she was launched from in 1950 to promote the hydroplane’s anniversary run. -John Lyons photo

Miss Canada IV, the thunderboat that put Picton at the top of the powerboat racing world, is returning to the County in October.

At the Prince Edward Yacht Club last week, a restored Miss Canada was sitting in the same spot she was launched from in 1950 to promote the hydroplane’s anniversary run.

On Oct. 3, 1950, the Miss Canada IV, driven by Harold Wilson, attempted to break the world water speed record and surpassed the 200 km/h speed barrier on her return — becoming the first boat to go that fast – but there was no official record broken.

Larry Ritchie, who owns and operates Thunder Events – with Miss Canada IV owner Bobby Genovese and his vintage racing team – have organized a Thunder on the Bay weekend Oct. 2-3 that includes former world champion Norm Woods driving Miss Canada.

Events include the re-creation of the record attempt, parades of vintage hydroplanes — many of which ran in some of the Gold Cup races held on Hayward Reach during the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Friday, vintage boats will be on display at the Loch Sloy Industrial Park for most of the day with past Gold Cup champion racers. Admission is $10. Saturday morning at about 9 a.m. the boats will parade down Main Street led by the RCAF Trenton Air Force Band to the harbour. Those to be loaded by crane will enter the bay at the Prince Edward Yacht Club. Viewing will be held until about 11:30 a.m. At about 1 p.m. the hydroplanes are to enter the water to run a course on Picton Bay. The grand finale will be the Miss Canada straight run expected to reach 125 mph range. The day ends with a dinner at the Yacht Club.

Elizabeth Crombie, of Royal Lepage, is the event’s sole sponsor. Net proceeds will go to charity.

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  1. Jackie Soorsma says:

    Thank you Elizabeth Crombie. Looking forward to the event.

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