Ontarian Kent Henderson won the grand prix final Sunday afternoon at the 13th Saint-Félicien Regatta. Remember that he was also on the top step of the podium last year.
In the final, only two riders reached the finish line. Mathieu Daoust finished behind Kent Henderson. It must be said that the weekend was particularly intense for the pilots in this category.
On Saturday afternoon, in a qualifying event, the iconic VG-444 from Valleyfield, piloted by Ghislain Marcoux, one of the runners to win the final, made several rolls in the air after entering collision with another boat.
“The boat is a total loss. We were scared above all for our pilot who left in an ambulance with a severe concussion. Apparently he did not know about the race. He lost the notion of time. This morning, however, he felt better, “says the president of the 13th Régates de Saint-Félicien, Réjean Côté.
Delaware’s Brandon Kennedy boat caught fire after hitting the tail of Mike Monahan’s boat. The engine subsequently stopped.
“Often when the engine stops, there’s an explosion inside the exhaust pipes. At that moment, it burns in a transparent way and then we realize that it is on fire when the rubber and the fiberglass catch fire, which releases an orange flame and black smoke “, explains Mr. Côté.
The American’s boat is a total loss. The wind directed the flames towards the pilot’s face, all of whose facial hair was burned. Kennedy had to be transported to the emergency because of lung poisoning.
The Saint-Félicien event is part of the Hydroplane Regatta League (HRL) circuit that continues next weekend in Brockville, Ontario.