The Peace Country River Rats are hosting the 6th Annual Taylor Flat 200 Jet Boat Race. Registration and a show and shine will take place at the Peace Island Park boat launch starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, and races will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept, 2.
The race is the fourth and final race of the season in the Canadian Boating Federation series, which also held races in at Grande Prairie, Peace River and Whitecourt.
“We’re really excited, and love racing at our home river. We always have a good turnout and are expecting the same this year,” said organizer and racer Trapper Wolsey.
Wolsey is one of four drivers from the North Peace who will be racing this weekend. His brother Clayton Worsley, as well as Gord Humphrey and Stacy Kelm. Humphrey is leading the circuit, and coming off a big win at the Thunder on the Snake in Lewiston, Idaho, August 26, where he won the Ultimate Class Championship.
“(Humphrey) is having another great year, his boat is running good, and hopefully he can win here in Taylor,” Worsley said.
As for Worsley himself, he said he’s had a tough time this year, with a best finish of fourth place. He’s trying new things with his boat ahead of the World River Championship in Mexico this October. All four local teams will be racing there.
A new feature at the Taylor Flat race will be live video coverage of the races shown on a big screen by the launch. The races will be filmed from a helicopter and drones, and will make it easy for fans to follow along when the boats aren’t on the main river stretch.
Awards and prizes will be handed out following the races at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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