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Power boats to gather at W.Va.'s Bluestone Lake

HINTON, W.Va. -- Power boats of all types will gather at Bluestone Lake next week for the Travis Pond Memorial Regatta.

The event is being conducted by the Hampton, Va.-based Carolina Virginia Racing Association, which is part of the American Power Boating Association.

Practice runs and heats will be held on May 31 in Hinton. Finals will be held the following two days.

New River Gateway Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Chris Meadows says some of the boats can reach speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Travis Pond was a member of a boat racing family. According to the event's program, he started racing as a 9-year-old. He died in a car accident in 2006 at age 22.


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