Queenstown jet-boat driver Regan Williamson was the fastest
man on the Dart River yesterday, but the top three rankings
remained unchanged after the Glenorchy leg of the World
Championship Jet Boat Marathon.
Canadian Gord Humphrey was one second behind Williamson after
32km of upstream racing.
The top four racers completed the course between the
Glenorchy boat ramp and Beans Burn in 12min 20sec. However,
they were racing for leg honours as the top three stayed
Hundreds of spectators watched John Derry, of Blenheim,
defend his lead against Canadian Dale Whiteside, in second
place, while Ben Baxter, of Winton, was third.
The A-class lead and the FX-class lead swapped positions
because of drivers running aground, marathon spokesman Paul
Mullan, of Sydney, said.
Dwayne Terry, of Gore, on the second leg downstream followed
the A-class leader when Terry ran aground, letting Cameron
Moore, of Christchurch, take the top spot in the FX-class.
Bonnar Anderson, of Te Anau, was leading the A-class until
running aground upstream and surrendered his lead to Steven
Price, of Christchurch.
The marathon crews take on the Matukituki and Clutha Rivers
today. Prizegiving will be in the Golden Gate Lodge,