Easterlys take first place in 4th of July boat races


Vincent Balansag, of Vince Photography

Britni Birchell (left) and Geoffrey Gillen were among the high-speed boaters competing in Wrangell's Fourth of July boat races. Birchell was the only entrant from Petersburg in the event, according to race organizers.

Randy Easterly took the top spot in the unlimited-horsepower competition in the Fourth of July boat races over the 1,800-foot-long course in front of the City Dock, with Wayne Easterly winning first place in the limited competition for 115-horsepower and under.

The limited and unlimited races were double-elimination, head-to-head competition.

Brandon Kenfield won the jet slalom race, a timed event.

This year's winners were:

Jet slalom

1st, Bandon Kenfield, 20.94 seconds; $500

2nd, Britni Birchell, 35:16 seconds; $300


1st, Wayne Easterly; $750

2nd, Sean Gillen; $400


1st, Randy...

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