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International Jet Ski tour to make waves in Sandusky

Andy Ouriel • Jul 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM


An international Jet Ski tour is zipping to Sandusky for a trial run this weekend.

The Monster Energy Midwest Watercross Tour makes its first pit stop in front of Lyman Harbor Marina on Saturday to kick off the two-day competition.

Anyone with a personal watercraft racing machine -- including stand-up Jet Skis or sit-down Waverunners -- is eligible to register for the races, said Patrick Mell, director of marketing and events for American Power Boat Association.

All brands of equipment are eligible for competition.

Whether the rider is a novice who's never participated in a sanctioned race, or a professional-amateur seeking money and points in their trek toward a championship, they're encouraged to sign up for a race.

"It's more fun than you can ever imagine," Mell said. "If anyone tries it, they'll be hooked."

Racers from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and eastern Canada will plunge into Lake Erie to defeat one another. Those same out-of-town racers will also be visiting local attractions like Cedar Point at night, Mell said.

Jet Ski challengers will have to defeat a man who is arguably the No. 1 competitor from this area.

Marblehead resident Russell Veverka won the national championship title in 2007 in the open class, and in 2009 he cruised to victory in the limited class on his yellow Sea-Doo: Triple Nickel No. 555.

But Veverka is ecstatic the tour is coming to his back yard. He'll save on travel costs and potentially see the sport he loves grow in the Sandusky area.

"I'm very excited they are brining a regional race locally," Veverka said. "This way people locally can get a view of the actual Jet Ski racing. It's going to be a good time."

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