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Dozens of radio-controlled model boats will reach speeds of up to 140-km/h at Fifty Point Conservation Area on July 26 and 27.

Model boat races return to Winona

Dozens of the area’s fastest radio-controlled model boats are returning to Fifty Point Conservation Area.

The Northern Lights Model Boat Club will host its annual radio controlled boat race during the weekend of July 26 and 27, with model boats reaching speeds up to 140 km-h.

Northern Lights member Randy Rapedius said spectators are welcome to watch the races, which will take place both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each model boat measures in at a length of three to four feet. Regular park admission rates will apply.

“This event will be drawing approximately 150 boats from all over Ontario, Quebec, New York and Michigan,” said Rapedius.

As in previous years, the compeition will feature three main engine types: nitromethane, gasoline and fast electric.

Children under 17 can race for free and receive a chance to win a novice trophy. Adult racers pay $20 for their first boat and $10 for additionalk entries. Trophies will also be awarded for the top-three competitors in each class. A prize raffle and 50-50 draw are also available.

Many racers choose to build their boats as a hobby, using kits. Others may purchase pre-assembled units.

For beginners, getting started with a used boat costs as little as $500. More experienced racers will typically spend between $1,000 and $1,500 on their vessels.

For information on the upcoming races, contact Northern Lights member Terry Keeley at 905-819-4571 or email tkee@rogers.com.

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