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An Extreme Australian Event Turns The Humble Dinghy Into A Racing Machine.

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If you are familiar with boating, you know all about the dinghy. A dinghy is a small boat, operated either by oars or a small motor, that is most often used to transport boaters from the dock to a larger boat. It is a humble vessel, but you would be very wrong to underestimate it. As it turns out, dinghies can do some truly awesome things.

Riverland Dinghy Club, in South Australia's town of Renmark, hosts an annual event that proves that dinghies aren't just for a little trip to the sailboat. Each year, teams of thrill seekers congregate on the banks of the Murray River to race dinghies that have been modified with powerful motors, at over 50 miles per hour, around a 56-mile circuit. This year's race, on February 26, attracted over 60 teams.

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