Powerboats to gather at Bluestone Lake
HINTON, W.Va. -- Powerboats of all types will gather at Bluestone Lake next week for the Travis Pond Memorial Regatta.
The event is being conducted by the Hampton, Va.-based Carolina Virginia Racing Association, which is part of the American Power Boating Association.
Practice runs and heats will be held May 31 in Hinton. Finals will be held the following two days.
Chris Meadows, executive director of the New River Gateway Convention and Visitors Bureau, said some of the boats can reach speeds in excess of 100 mph.
"We are looking forward to having race fans, race spectators and racers down into Summers County," Meadows said. "It will be a huge boon for our economy."
Meadows said while district champions will be crowned this year, Bluestone Lake is the planned site of the APBA nationals in two years.
Travis Pond was a member of a boat racing family. According to the event's program, he started racing as a 9-year-old. He earned the nickname "Wrong Way" after turning prematurely in a race to find a group of junior boaters coming at him. He died in a car accident in 2006 at age 22.