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Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Sees Fewer Racers

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A Maryland tradition continued for the 103rd year this weekend. At the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta, it was a scene of booming engines, speeding boats and hundreds of spectators. But the lagging economy, combined with expensive boat technology, has led to fewer racers in 2013.

Many of the boaters spend thousands of dollars on their boats. And for this reason, the process of racing has became too expensive for some. Several of the boats involved in this year's Regatta reached speeds of 115 mph. According to racers, it takes a lot of money and effort to build boats capable of these speeds.

Brandon Kennedy has been racing for seven years, since he was 14 years old. He said he has loved the sport since he won that race in 2006.

"It's a rush when you get out there and you got the boat dancing on the water," he said. "And you're going over 100 miles per hour. And there is nothing that compares to it."

Local photographer, Ron Bromwell, snapped photos of Kennedy's race, and said that the competition was exciting, as always. However, he said he has noticed a major change in participants.  

"This year the economy is hurting everybody," he said. "The main reason we can tell is because the boat count is down. I've seen years in the past where it's been 100 and more boats. But this year, the boat count: 47."

Sam Horner was another racer who said that he knew the expenses well. He said the cost has been steadily increasing as the speed-boat technology continues to advance. Horner said  despite the increases in price, he would never stop racing.

"It's exhilarating to get in the boat going 100 miles an hour and turn left hard," he said.

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