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Delays Slow Final Day of DePue Boat Races

Last Updated on July 28th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

The Pro National Championship Boat Races are over at DePue for another year, but not without some excitement on the final day. Strong winds forced a 3-hour delay. When racing did resume late in the afternoon, an accident happened in the first heat of the 1100cc Hydro. Sean McKean of Texas and Jim Wright of New York were taken to the hospital. McKean was in stable condition with a leg injury and Wright received stitches on his nose.  With the delays caused by the wind and the accident, some races were shortened in order to get all the champions crowned before nightfall.  DePue’s Paul Bosnich III jumped the gun and was disqualified in the first heat of the 350cc Runabout and took third in the second heat. He did win a national title on Saturday in the 250cc Runabout. Among the other local racers, DePue’s Jake Quesse finished sixth in the 125cc Hydro while Ladd’s Steve Niesen took seventh in the same event.