87th annual Hampton Cup Regatta Aug. 10-12

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 7 at 1:01 PM

HAMPTON - The oldest continuously-running hydroplane boat race in the country returns to Mill Creek in Hampton August 10-12.

More than 75 hydroplane boats and Jersey Speed Skiffs from the United States and Canada are expected to compete as Hampton hots Summer Nationals, the American Powerboat Association’s national championships!

The 87th annual Hampton Cup Regatta welcomes some of the fastest watercraft in the world. At 19 ft. long, these nautical rockets often reach speeds of 150 mph, setting both national and world records. Best of all, the Hampton Cup Regatta is one of the last remaining boat races in the country free of charge!

In 2012, Hampton hosts 10 classes of the fastest hydroplanes in North America. Considered the loudest piston-powered racing boats in the world, these hydroplanes are sure to have on-lookers marveling at their warp-like speed.

The fun kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday night, August 10, with the Bash at the Bridge. The event, free and open to the public, will feature live musical entertainment as well as food and beverages for purchase. On Saturday and Sunday, racing starts at 12:00 noon and ends 5:00 p.m. in Mill Creek, located at the entrance of Fort Monroe from the East Mercury Boulevard bridge in Hampton, Virginia.

 

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