Small racing boats make big noise at Watts Bar

Small racing boats make big noise at Watts Bar

July 5th, 2013 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

Ian Augustine, lower left, releases the hydroplane piloted by his daughter, Kate, 17, during competition Thursday of the American Power Boat Association's Pro National Championship.

Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Times Free Press.

KINGSTON - When Kate Augustine's bright red hydroplane racing boat conked out at the start of a national competition Thursday in Roane County, she received help from an unexpected source.

A fully clothed Kevin Ellison, son of one of Kate's competitors, leaped into Watts Bar Lake and towed the tiny but powerful boat back to a pier.

Kate's dad, Ian Augustine, cranked the boat back up and she resumed the race.

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