Twenty-three-year-old Jeff Bernard of Kent outmaneuvered veteran Steve David to claim his first unlimited hydroplane victory, winning the...
MADISON, Ind. — Twenty-three-year-old Jeff Bernard of Kent outmaneuvered veteran Steve David to claim his first unlimited hydroplane victory, winning the 58th Indiana Governor’s Cup on Sunday.
“I want to say sorry to the fans that their boat didn’t win,” Bernard said after his surprising victory over the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, which is owned by the city of Madison. “But I want to remind everyone this is an Indiana boat as well.”
Bernard’s U-5 Formulaboats.com is based out of Decatur, Ind.
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In the second lap of the five-heat final, Bernard edged past David to take the lead. After that move, David could do little to catch the streaking red boat.
Mike Allen, Bernard’s teammate and a former national champion, piloted the U-7 Formulaboats.com to a third-place finish.
As Bernard was fending off the hard-charging David, he also contended with rough waters caused by heavy debris in the Ohio River that knocked out several boats.
Earlier in the day, David Bryant and the U-10 Miss Ahern Rentals voluntarily withdrew from the field due to the debris.
“We are hearing about solid wood from one end to another on the river,” said Kim Gregory, owner of the U-10. “We have already lost a rudder. I want to go to the Gold Cup.”
The 100th Gold Cup will be run next week in Detroit.
Among other results Sunday, Kent’s Mike Perkins and the U-50 Spirit of Navy were fifth, and Snohomish’s Greg Hopp and the U-100 Mirageboats.com were sixth.
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Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.