April 19, 2019

Van Buren Regatta attracts nearly 90 craft for fifth race

VAN BUREN — Nearly 90 hydroplane and runabout racers competed in the fifth annual Van Buren Regatta Saturday and Sunday in a competition that was the second leg of a three-leg series as part of the American Power Boat Association’s North American Championship Series for the New England region.

Jarrett McLaughlin, Boat Race Committee chairman and a director of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce, said three national champions and a world record holder were among this year’s racers.

The races took place on the St. John River near the international bridge. Racers were required to make three laps on the approximately 1-mile course.

Charles Schwenker of Mastic Beach, N.Y., Bill Giles of North Dighton, Mass., Calvin Manley of Willimantic, Conn., and the Rosado family were among the top competitors.

Schwenker won in C Stock Hydroplane and was second in Junior Stock Runabout, Giles won C Stock Runabout and was third in B Stock Runabout, Manley took seconds in E Modified Runabout and C Stock Hydroplane.

Sean Rosado of Attleboro, Mass., won Junior Stock Runabout, Colleen Rosado of Mansfield, Mass., took third in the same event, and Ken Rosado of East Taunton, Mass., was third in C Stock Runabout.

Hosted by the South Shore Outboard Assoc., the races were sponsored by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce and Irving Oil of Maine, he said.

The top finishers were:

E Modified Runabout: Joel Crowley, Melrose, Mass.; Calvin Manley, Willimantic, Conn.; George Luce of Bronx, N.Y.

C Stock Hydroplane: Charles Schwenker, Mastic Beach, N.Y.; Calvin Manley, Willimantic, Conn.; Ken Desabrais, Monson, Mass.

C Modified Hydroplane: Wayne Dearth, Derry, N.H.; Eric Vanover, no address given; Steve Sayward, no address given.

B Stock Runabout: Steve Noury, East Hampstead, N.H.; Gordon MacKenzie, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Bill Giles, North Dighton, Mass.

C Stock Runabout: Bill Giles, North Dighton, Mass.; Mel Thomas, Athol, Mass.; Ken Rosado, East Taunton, Mass.

A Stock Runabout: Bill Allen, Quincy, Mass.; Ben Nichols, Tewksbury, Mass.

Junior Stock Runabout: Sean Rosado, Attleboro, Mass.; Carl Schwenker, Mastic Beach, N.Y.; Colleen Rosado, Mansfield, Mass.

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