OPBRA Power boat rac­ing re­turn­ing this week­end on Lit­tle Lake

Power boat rac­ing a fam­ily af­fair for the Fer­rier fam­ily from Have­lock

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Craig Fer­rier’s love for rac­ing power boats has spread to his en­tire fam­ily.

The Have­lock res­i­dent raced last sea­son when the fledg­ling On­tario Power Boat Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (OPBRA) de­buted on Lit­tle Lake last year.

It was the first boat races in Peterborough in 25 years and Fer­rier’s first in 17. An es­ti­mated 10,000 spec­ta­tors rolled through Del Crary Park last year to take in two days of rac­ing.

When the races re­turn Satur­day and Sun­day Fer­rier will be com­pet­ing against his wife Tr­ish in the T850 divi­sion. She fin­ished sec­ond to him at the OPBRA races in Graven­hurst ear­lier this sum­mer. It was her first ever race.

Their old­est daugh­ter Jes­sica, 19, will de­but this week­end in the T750 class. Alivia, 17, will race in a jet ski demon­stra­tion.

While Craig got the up­per hand in his first race against his wife, he won’t be sur­prised, or upset, if she beats him this week­end.

“I’m build­ing a fresh mo­tor for her,” he said. “So she might have me off the start.

“Back when we were dat­ing she used to hop in my boat and play around the lake a lit­tle bit but com­pet­i­tively she had al­ways been in my pit crew,” he said.

“She’s ex­cited. It’s good to see she is do­ing re­ally well. It sur­prised me be­cause she is a lit­tle bit of a worry wart. I fig­ured she may not show it all in a boat and get a bit ner­vous but she has no fear of it. She drives well.”

Fer­rier, 48, started as a pit crew me­chanic in 1989 and be­gan rac­ing the fol­low­ing year. The sport dwin­dled around the turn of the cen­tury.

He and Tr­ish raised their daugh­ters on Bel­mont Lake and they’ve driven sporty boats since they were young. Jes­sica will race in the T750 divi­sion.

“I’m glad they have in­ter­est in it be­cause it keeps me in it,” said Craig, with a chuckle.

“When I got back in last year we kind of jumped in with both feet. It’s good that it’s not all about me. I want them to en­joy go­ing to these week­end races so they’re not bored and dread go­ing. I’m glad they’re do­ing well and are in­ter­ested.”

He was ex­cited to hear the races were re­turn­ing last year.

“The last time we were there in ’92 I had a lot of idols back then,” Fer­rier said.

“Rob Wood from Ennismore was a big name back then rac­ing for­mula one boats. To be able to run the same track, we never thought we’d be back to, is ex­cit­ing. There was al­ways s prob­lem with noise and the town re­ally didn’t want it. I don’t know what has hap­pened but they seem to be OK with it. I’m just glad we got a site. It’s a re­ally good race and I hope, and I’m sure, it will stay around for a long time.”

Up­wards of 80 en­tries are ex­pected for the races which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

There is no ad­mis­sion fee for spec­ta­tors.

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Have­lock’s Craig Fer­rir and his wife Tr­ish are also com­peti­tors in the T850 Divi­sion of the On­tario Power Boat Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion which comes to Del Crary Park and Lit­tle Lake this week­end.

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