Kiwi John Derry has added No 1 in the world to his current New Zealand title after taking out the UIM World Championship Jet Boat Marathon, which finished yesterday.
Thirty-nine boats took to the start line on Saturday last week on the Waitaki river and 29 lined up yesterday to start the last leg of the championship on the Clutha River.
Derry had held a significant lead for most of the championship and even second-placed Dale Whiteside could not chase down the New Zealand and now world champion.
Race organiser Tim Guthrie said the overall championship had been a great success and there was a lot of positive feedback from all the drivers involved.
The racers had experienced wind gusts, rain flooding and rising rivers but nothing else could be faulted.
"The only thing we need to improve [for next time] is the weather and thats out of our hands," Guthrie said.
Two Gore men looked to claim titles in their given events as Dwayne Terry looked to secure the FX class and Paul Cross the CX yesterday afternoon but Guthrie said they were waiting to have their motors stripped and checked.
Canadian Dale Whiteside was set in second and local Winton man Ben Baxter looked locked in at third.
All results were yet to be confirmed, with Guthrie's last say yesterday, "it's been one hell of an event".
Next year, Mexico will host the 2014 UIM World Marathon Jet Boat Marathon championship.
Nicole Sharp is a journalism student at SIT.
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