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VIDEO: Boat crashes during race in Detroit

A boat crashed at the 99th annual UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest this weekend after it got some air underneath it and flipped.
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A boat crashed at the 99th annual UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest this weekend after it got some air underneath it and flipped.

The boat, which was badly damaged, was towed to the docks, and luckily, the driver was not injured, according to WXYZ.

Some of the boats top 200 mph. Many of the racers prefer Detroit to all of the other courses in the world.

"Basically the boat is floating all around the racecourse. This is the only way to control this thing not to blow over," Cal Phipps, a Detroit area native who travels the country racing his unlimited hydroplane, told WDIV prior to the race last weekend.

Powered by a helicopter engine, the boat hits speeds over 200 mph.

"When we hit about 198, I put my hand over the digital dash, so I don't want to know how fast I'm going then," Phipps said. "But a lot of times when we come back and look at data, we'll see 205, 208, 209.”

Here’s some footage of the boats running a little more smoothly.

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