Belle of Louisville wins Great Steamboat Race

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by News Release/WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release)  – With a total of 134 points accumulated, the hometown Belle of Louisville  was declared the winner Wednesday's 50th anniversary Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race, beating the Belle of Cincinnati and the American Queen.

Utilizing a task and point system format for determining the winner, the Belle of Louisville scored 29 points by crossing under the Clark Memorial Bridge first to win the final task in the scoring system and secure the victory in the event. The Belle of Cincinnati finished second with 105 points and the American Queen was third with 90 points.

•    Task No. 1: Jousting inflatable – All three vessel were awarded five points
•    Task No. 2: Obstacle inflatable course – Belle of Cincinnati 10 points, Belle of Louisville 5 points
•    Task No. 3: Handy line toss – American Queen 10 points, Belle of Louisville 5 points
•    Task No. 4: Monkey fist toss – Belle of Cincinnati 10 points, Belle of Louisville 5 points
•    Task No. 5: Calliope contest – Belle of Louisville 10 points, Belle of Cincinnati 5 points
•    Task No. 6: Buoy flag retrieval – All three vessels were awarded 25 points
•    Task No. 7: VIP retrieval – All three vessels were awarded 25 points
•    Task No. 8: Bourbon barrel retrieval – All three vessels were awarded 25 points
•    Task No. 9: Boat race finish – Belle of Louisville was awarded 29 points

The Belle of Louisville was awarded a set of silver-plated antlers that is traditionally given to the winning vessel. The Awards Ceremony took place immediately following the race at the Chow Wagon.

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