Crowds enjoying the inaugural Texas Coast Boat and Outdoor Show at the refurbished Galveston Yacht Basin in October only had to look out into the adjacent ship channel to witness another spectacle as 11 boats sped around a course at speeds of up to 60 mph during the National Tri Hull Powerboats Championship.
On the first day, racer Darryl Middleton (No. 21) of Montgomery, Texas, went airborne and came down capsized. He was uninjured, but did not race again that weekend – although he did donate some parts to keep other racers in the event.
Cory Walker of Stafford, Texas, in boat No. 1 came out on top at the end of both days of racing. Michael Schubert of Richmond, Texas, took second on Saturday and third on Sunday. Kevin Teague, also of Richmond, nabbed the third slot on Saturday, and Jerry Rinker of Spring, Texas, fought his way to the number two position on Sunday.
The racers ranged from age 18 to 69 and came from Texas and Louisiana. The race had been held in Corpus Christi the past two years.
“This is the first time racing in Galveston at the yacht basin and all of my participants and crew loved the venue,” said Race Director John Schubert. “We are planning to repeat the event with the boat show next year.”
Details of upcoming events can be found at www.sportracingseries.com.