b'MEMBER NEWSBelle Of LouisvilleWins Derby Steamboat Race O n May 4, one of the oldest traditionsthe judges saidthat although it was last of thethe race at Waterfront Park. The judges rec-oftheKentuckyDerbyFestivalthree to pass under the Clark Memorial Bridge,ognized what makes the Belle of Louisville a tookplacewiththe60thrunningthe Belle of Louisville was the first authenticwinner, he said. The silver antlers are staying of the Great Steamboat Race. The Belle ofsteam-powered boat to do so. in Louisville where they belong.Louisville, a national historic landmark and theoldestoperatingMississippiRiver-styleAimeeBoyd,vicepresidentofcommunica- Captains on both the Belle of Louisville and steamboat in the country, won for the secondtions and media relations for the festival, saidBelle of Cincinnati had fun trash talking each consecutiveyear,holdingontothecovetedafter the race that the decision was made byother at historic horse racing track Churchill silver antlers.the judges, the captains, festival officials, andDowns the morning of the race got underway.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.The 14-mile, roughly 10 mph. race has takenWell, Im looking forward to some cheating placeontheOhioRiversince1963.ThisIt wouldnt be Derby Week without racingthatyouregoingtodo,AlanBernstein, years competitors were three PVA members:on the river and some steamboat shenanigans,captain of the Belle of Cincinnati, said to Belle hometownfavoriteBelleofLouisville,BBsaidMattGibson,KentuckyDerbyFestivalofLouisvillecaptainMikeDoty.Well,Im Riverboats Belle of Cincinnati, and newcomerPresident and CEO.looking for the same thing, Doty replied.American Queen Voyages American Countess. Belle of Louisville Capt. Mark Doty acceptedIt was all in good fun, however, as the captains The race, a fun outing more than a competi- the traditional 12-point rack of silver antlerswere just excited to be back on the river and en-tive match, was decided on a technicality asfrom Fischer in an awards ceremony followingjoying the race after two years of the pandemic.PRECISE 360 PROPULSIONDeJong & Lebet, Inc.PLUS FULL AUXILIARY POWER ExperienceNaval ArchitectsMarine EngineersWhen YouConsultantsSurveyorsNeed It. 71 Sea Island Explorer140 Odyssey Chicago RiverTwin Disc Marine Control Drives (MCDs) allow variable propellerMARINE speedfrom full engine output to slower than engine idlewhileCONTROL splitting main engine power to drive FiFi pumps or other auxiliaryDRIVEequipment. The MCD-2000/4000/5000 series covers extended diesel power requirements from 1680 kW (2280 HP) to 5250 kW (7130 HP)with heat dissipation capabilities up to 450 kW (610 HP).And our Veth Z-drives provide 360 thrust for optimal vessel maneuverability and positioning.If you want the ultimate in slow-speed maneuverability, highly accurate positioning and simultaneous, full-firefighting capability, specify Twin Disc and Veth Propulsion on your next tug build.VETHFor expert engineering assistance to assure your optimal product specifications Z-DRIVE www.dejongandlebet.comand performance, contact Klaus@TwinDisc.com.1734 Emerson Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207(904) 399-3673 info@dejongandlebet.com33 MAY 2022'