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Powerboat racing returns to Allentown



The roar and excitement of powerboat racing returned to Allentown’s Adams Island in the Lehigh River on June 1.

Racers from at least six states, all members of the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association, competed in their “Skuas” in the first of the association’s seasonal races in the Mid-Atlantic and for the fifth time at Adams Island, according to Tom Kerr, one of the participants.

Skuas (Cocktail Class Racers) are home-built from a kit or from plans, made of high-quality marine plywood, and powered by six- or eight-horsepower outboard motors, Kerr said.

The event was based on historic Adams Island, on the east side of the Lehigh River between the Hamilton Street and the Tilghman Street bridges.

The public was invited to view the event from Bucky Boyle Park, a river front park on the Lehigh River.

To learn more about the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association, visit ccwbra.com or facebook.com/ccwbra.

PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY TOM KERR Chris and Tom Kerr, both from Kempton, and Steve Brendlinger, from Lenhartsville, participated in the Skuas on the Lehigh race on June 1.
Tom Kerr gives his son, Chris, some fatherly advice about racing techniques. They raced against each other, and dad won.
Fred Allerton, commodore of the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association, made this beautiful trophy.
Fred Allerton of Bethlehem, Tom Kerr of Kempton, and Steve Brendlinger of Lenhartsville check out these A-Treat bottles with ribbon trophies.