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By Roger Harnack
Gazette Publisher 

Spring boat racing returns to St. John

Webb's Slough hosts first high-speed event since August 2019

Here is a bird's eye view of race day at Webb's Slough.

Webb's Slough

Here is a bird's eye view of race day at Webb's Slough.

ST. JOHN — Sprint boat racers return to the water on June 19, after nearly two years of hiatus.

"It's going to be chaos," Dennis Hughes, owner of the No. 69 DeLeon Taco and Bar-sponsored boat, said.

Hughes' Overkill team is among more than 30 boats expected on the course at Webb's Slough.

Qualifying runs begin at 9 a.m. and racing continues throughout the day.

Sprint boats race through a maze of high-speed straights and turns, with a driver managing the boat and a navigator directing the route through the course.

"We're expecting campers a mile-long," co-owner Amanda Webb said. "It's goi...

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