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Wheeling Vintage Regatta

September 6, 2015 @ 9:45 am - 8:00 pm

Free

The 10th Annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta will take place Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2015 at Wheeling’s beautiful Heritage Port!

The 2015 Regatta will celebrate our 10th year and build on our past success from previous years. Be sure to watch our website for the latest announcements. As always, the Regatta features FREE ADMISSION for all public events.

Come to the Regatta and see the beautiful wooden hydroplanes and raceboats up close. Watch them run on the Ohio River at speeds between 60 and 140 mph! Learn about how these boats were built in their “glory days” from the 1920’s to the mid 1980’s. Find out who the famous boat builders were and the differences among them. Learn about the aerodynamics, engineering and physics of boat racing. Transport yourself back to the 1960’s and 1970’s, when one of the most famous sites in power boat racing, New Martinsville, WV, was in its heyday. Do you know what sport boasts the most world records set in West Virginia? That would be inboard power boat racing, and those records were set in New Martinsville!

SeaQuest Kids will return for an 8th year in 2015. This incredible program which teaches boating safety and boat-building to children ages 3 to 18 was very popular last year and over 100 children of all ability levels participated. SeaQuest Kids is again offered as a free program to all children. Click to learn more about SeaQuest Kids.

Regatta Events

The 2015 Regatta events will begin on Friday, September 4 when the vintage raceboats and hydroplanes begin to arrive in Wheeling. Our Regatta registration trailer opens at 10:00 AM at the top of Heritage Port and remains open until 5:00 PM. The pits are open on Friday so if you’d like to see the vintage boats up close and have great chances to talk to the drivers, join us in Heritage Port any time on Friday.

Our opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 AM on Saturday and Sunday. The first heats of hydroplanes roar away from the dock at 10:00 AM. If you are anywhere in Wheeling and begin to hear a loud roar, you are probably hearing our raceboats! Heats will continue until noon at which time our course is closed for river traffic to come through. The heats begin again at 2:00 PM and last until the heats are completed.

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Friday, September 4
10:00AM – 5:00PM Raceboat Registration. Heritage Port pits open to the public.
Saturday, September 5
9:45 AM Ohio River closed to through traffic; buoys placed and course set.
Opening Ceremonies
Blessing
United States/Canadian National Anthems
10:00AM – Noon Heats of Vintage Hydroplanes and Raceboats on the Ohio River
Noon – 1:30PM Ohio River opened to regular river traffic.
Radio controlled airplane shows by the Ohio Valley Hillhoppers.
Free autograph session with raceboat drivers. FREE posters to the first 100 people!
Free Live Music – Band TBA
1:30PM River closed to through traffic; buoys placed and course set.
2:00PM Heats of Vintage Hydroplanes and Raceboats on the Ohio River
6:00PM Ohio River opened to regular river traffic.
TBA Free musical entertainment at Heritage Port. Entertainment TBA.
Sunday, September 6
9:45AM Ohio River closed to through traffic; buoys placed and course set.
Opening Ceremonies
Blessing
United States/Canadian National Anthems
10:00AM – Noon Heats of Vintage Hydroplanes and Raceboats on the Ohio River
Noon – 1:30PM Ohio River opened to regular river traffic.
Radio controlled airplane shows by the Ohio Valley Hillhoppers.
Free autograph session with raceboat drivers. FREE posters to the first 100 people!
Free Live Music – Band TBA
1:30PM River closed to through traffic; buoys placed and course set.
SeaQuest Kids’ boats testing and racing on the Ohio River.
2:00PM Heats of Vintage Hydroplanes and Raceboats on the Ohio River
6:00PM Ohio River opened to regular river traffic.

Details

Date:
September 6, 2015
Time:
9:45 am - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://Wheelingvintageregatta.com

Venue

Wheeling Heritage Port
Water St
Wheeling, WV 26003 United States
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