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CELINA — Citing low lake levels and boater safety concerns, the organizers of the Governor's Cup Regatta decided to cancel this year's race.
"It was an awful decision," Regatta President Allen Baskett told The Evening Leader this morning. "We've been watching the situation during the last few weeks, hoping to have days like this that would really make a difference. We still had money to raise and we felt like we could do it but then we came up against this obstacle."
A dry summer has caused the levels in Grand Lake St. Marys to drop. Baskett said as organizers watched the lake's levels, they had conversations with officials from the American Powerboat Racing Association, the sanctioning body for the Inboard Hydroplane Series. A contingent from the Governor's Cup even traveled to Michigan last week to discuss the situation before deciding to cancel the race.
"That race had trouble with water depth," Baskett said. "The race course was fine but the pits were too shallow so they had to move some of those around. That's just something you cannot overcome. You cannot add water to the lake. The depth is fine for pleasure boats but these boats go over 100 mph."