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Racers chart a course for the Lehigh River

Boat races in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Lehigh River was home to the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association competition on Saturday.

The racing crafts are eight-food plywood skimmers, called "Skuas," and are hand-made.

Each boat is powered by a six-or eight-horsepower outboard motor and can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hours.

"It's kind of like driving a go-kart on the water...not going very fast but it seems like you're going 100 mph," said Curt Bluefeld.

The competitions are usually held on rivers and lakes but boats have also raced in the Chesapeake Bay.

Saturday's competition was held off Adams Island in Allentown with boats racing between the Hamilton Street Bridge and Buck Boyle Park.

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