Racer dies at 1000 Islands Regatta

In this July 2018, file photo, a section of the St. Lawrence River near Brockville, Ont. A hydroplane racer has died after a crash in the final day of the 1000 Islands Regatta. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

BROCKVILLE – A racer at the 1000 Islands Regatta has died after a collision on the water during the final day of the festival, Sunday.

The victim is identified as 31-year-old Mathieu Daoust of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que.

Daoust’s boat collided with another on the St. Lawrence River during the Grand Prix qualifying race just before 1 p.m.

The other boat operator was not hurt.

Organizers cancelled the rest of the racing out of a sign of respect but the scheduled entertainment with the Northern Pikes did go ahead later that night.

It’s the first death for the regatta in 12 years.

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