Boat race returns to Ohio lake plagued by algae

Aug 22, 2011

A speedboat race is returning to Ohio's biggest inland lake following a year off because of toxic algae.

The Celina Governor's Cup Regatta is planned for next weekend at Grand Lake St. Marys. The lake between Toledo and Dayton is still plagued by blue-green algae, but warnings have been toned down.

Last summer, the lake was closed to swimming, boating and fishing, and people were warned not to touch the water. This year, visitors are advised that swimming, wading, swallowing the water and touching surface scum are not recommended.

Mary Clinton with the Ohio Department of Health tells The Columbus Dispatch  racers will want to avoid spray from the water. Race officials say they'll be protected by helmets and enclosed cockpits.

Up to 30,000 fans are expected.