Trapper Wolsey wins Jet Boat World Championship, Gord Humphrey second in unlimited class

After the final race at the 2018 World Jet Boat Championship in Mexico, Trapper Wolsey thought he finished second in the CX class. But in proof that anything can happen in sports, Wolsey won the world championship after Cueto was disqualified.

Though he led the class over Christopher Cueto for the first seven legs, Wolsey blew his engine on the eighth, and lost a half hour of time. He was able to get his boat back on the water for the final day, but still had trouble in the final leg. He would finish the event with a total time of five hours, five minutes and 12 seconds, way back of Cueto's 4:23:12 time. Still, Wolsey faced the adversity head on, and was determined to finish legs nine and 10. That determination is what earned him the win, since the next closest time in the CX class was 5:52:30.

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Gord Humphrey was just minutes away from winning the Unlimited Class championship, coming in second to Chad Burns. Humphrey was first in his class through five legs. However, on the sixth leg, he lost 10 minutes to Burns due to mechanical issues. Humphrey was able to fix his boat by the start of the next leg, and would win the final four legs. He would end up just three minutes behind Burns with a time of 3:08:09 to Burns' 3"0540. 

It was almost the best case scenario for the two Peace Country River Rat racers, just narrowly missing out on two world championships. The 2019 Jet Boat World Championships will take place in Canada. 

More to come. 

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