PHOTO GALLERY: Sprint boat races splash onto centerstage at new track in Ontario

Canals filled with water provided the pathway for jet boat competitors Saturday, June 11, in Ontario. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO - The crowd was large, the sound of engines loud and the excitement enticing at the sprint boat races Saturday, June 11 at the Ontario Golf Course.

The first annual sprint boat races showcased high-speed fun and competition as racers negotiated a series of water-filled channels at the new track.

Sprint boat racing began in New Zealand and is now a worldwide sport.

High-speed entertainment was the name of the game Friday, June 11, at the first annual sprint boat races at a new track at the old Ontario Golf Course. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

Loud engines, fast speeds and pillars of water marked . . .