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VIDEO: Rocket ride

This is not the lazy weekend cruise we all enjoy.

This is modern Unlimited Hydroplane racing, where lightweight catamarans are rigged with a 3,000-hp Lycoming T-55 L-7 military Chinook helicopter turbine engine that propels these water rockets to more than 200 mph.

Because few are bold enough to jump into the cockpit for an adrenaline-spiked spin, the sport has taken to mounting GoPro cameras to the boats to deliver the ride without the danger.

At the 1:50 mark one of the racers sheds its engine cowling because of vibration and wind sheer, and at 2:10 another is capsized by a competitor’s wake in a hard turn.