By Ian Shalapata
(DETROIT, MI) – A crash marred the Grand Prix series at Hydrofest, held in the basin near the Detroit Yacht club at Belle Isle yesterday. Three boats were involved in the incident, with two of them colliding and leaving one upside down.
Martin Rochon, 31, of Saint-Zotique, QC, was clipped from behind of the inside of turn 2 by the boat being driven by Brandon Kennedy, 24, of Newark, DE. Rochon’s boat was left over turned while Kennedy’s was upright but disabled.
Kennedy spoke to Tony Paul of the Detroit News after being checked over by the medical team.
“It was a wild ride,” he said. “A lot of things happen in this sport, but getting run over is one I never want to have happen again. As drivers, we’re not making millions doing this. We’re friends off the course. You normally leave a little more room than that.”
Both drivers were checked by medics and cleared.
Bert Henderson, of Brockville, was disqualified for cutting off Kennedy and causing the collision. Both drivers involved agreed Henderson was at fault.
For more on Hydrofest see the sports pages of The Square on Monday.
— with files from Patti Hayes.