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Andrew Knizner: a model for collegiate baseball perfection

Andrew Knizner: a model for collegiate baseball perfection

He may be the best freshman collegiate third baseman in the country. Andrew Knizner’s journey to a p...

Dirty Lion 5K Mud Run slides into another year

Dirty Lion 5K Mud Run slides into another year

 

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Black Dog Paddle returns to Dahlgren Marine Center

Black Dog Paddle returns to Dahlgren Marine Center

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Mark Donovan has everything on-track at CB Dragstrip

Mark Donovan has everything on-track at CB Dragstrip

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4th Annual Visualize & Rize Celebrity Golf Tournament

4th Annual Visualize & Rize Celebrity Golf Tournament

On Friday, the 4th annual Visualize & Rize Celebrity Golf Tournament brought 220 golfers to Came...

Drifters Basketball Championship reunion

Drifters Basketball Championship reunion

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Colonial Beach embraces Liberty Cup watercraft race

It was a watercraft extravaganza! For two days - July 20-21 - over 130 watercraft racers, from novice to professional, raced across the Potomac waterways of Colonial Beach, while fans packed the town pier, beaches and local businesses for a chance to get a glimpse of the third annual Liberty Cup.

Watercraft competitors from all around the world competed in 23 national title, pro-am & expert, and tour

point classes during each stop on the tour. The event is a part of the 2013 Hydro-Turf UWP IJSBA National Tour, where Colonial Beach is the fifth stop on the tour. The next stop on the tour will be Lake Hartwell, S.C. Aug. 10-11.

Although the temperatures soared into the high 90’s, the atmosphere was nothing short of electric. With an eclectic array of food, souvenir and food vendors, coupled with locals wearing the latest brands in beachwear, the circus-style ambiance seemed to be the right recipe for watercraft racing.

Excited to be back in Colonial Beach, tour director, A.J. Handler said, “This past year we’ve exploded in overseas participation. We have riders from countries such as Kuwait, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom. This a true gathering of the best competitors in the country.”

On Friday, the Liberty Cup began with the traditional corporate challenge, where local sponsors were given the opportunity to race around the course, while strutting their stuff. “We want to give our sponsors something to take back, and for them to have fun too,” Handler said.

Liberty Cup first place results included: James Bushell, Cambridge, UK, Pro-Am Runabout Open; Rick Sherker, Doylestown Pa., Pro-Am Ski GP; Troy Snyder, Bradenton Fla., Pro-Am Runabout Stock; Rob Flores, Las Vegas, Nev., Pro-Am Ski Stock Spec; Daniel Martin, Fort Worth, Texas, Pro Freestyle, Abdullah F. Afadhel, Kuwait, Pro-Am Runabout Limited; Jeff Dyckowski, Rydal Ga., Expert Runabout Stock; Nick Spring, Sanford, N.C., Expert Ski GP; Charles Burns, Morrisville, Pa., Expert Ski Limited; Jace Forest, Austin, Texas, Amateur Freestyle; Robert Basile, Swendenboro, N.J.; Gustave Legendre, Pierre Part, La., Novice Runabout Stock; Jordan Carroll, Flowery Branch, Ga., Novice Ski Stock Spec; Robert Greenwald, Acworth, Ga., Runabout N/A Spec; Chase Filasky, Jericho N.Y., Junior Ski Lites; Jeff Dyckowski Rydal Ga., Veteran Runabout Open; Ralph Mcgregor, Fuguay Verine, Veteran Ski GP; Anna Glennon, Overland Park, Kan., Women’s Ski LTD; Richard Taylor, Christmas, Fla., Sport Spec; Richard Taylor, Christmas, Fla., Sport Open Spec; Todd Schaeer, York, Pa., Amateur Ski Lites; Mike Lopez, Orlando, Fla., Amateur Runabout Open Spec.

This year, the tour will offer a new class, called the Runabout Open-Spec class, which is geared towards reviving interest in the Runabout 800 Class, while offering a lower cost solution to custom-built competitive watercraft. “For racers that have never raced before, this class makes it more competitive, and affordable,” Handler said. “This class enables a local rider to compete without having to stick $12,000 into a machine; whereas, our pro riders will spend $80,000 with the hope of reaching speeds of 90 mph.”

During the tour stop Colonial Beach businesses opened their doors to racers, and their pit crews. “Colonial Beach has been wonderful,” Handler said. “Our racers love it here, and the community loves the event. The entire town pier is packed during our freestyle and pro events.”

 

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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