Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hampton Cup Regatta: Ridin’ the Rooster Tail

HAMPTON, VA- The nation’s oldest continuously running hydroplane boat race, the Hampton Cup Regatta, will celebrate its 82nd Anniversary August 8-10, 2008. The competition, taking place on Mill Creek at the entrance of Fort Monroe, will once again return to Hampton, Virginia boasting more than 80 hydroplanes and Jersey Speed Skiffs from the Unites States and Canada! Featuring speeds in excess of 150 miles-per hour, the race will play host to some of the fastest watercraft in the world. At 20 ft. long, these nautical gems can 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! This year, Hampton welcomes 9 classes of the fastest hydroplane’s in North America. Considered the loudest piston-powered racing boats in the world, these hydroplane’s are sure to have on-lookers marveling at their warp-like speed. Other event festivities include food and beverage vendors, souvenir programs, children’s area, a special Bash at the Bridge Friday Night Party, and racing-enthusiast clothing and collectibles. Race contestants will be also on-hand participating in autograph sessions throughout the competition. Lawn chairs are highly encouraged as bleacher seating is limited. Attendees are also encouraged to bring pop-up tents or umbrellas for shade; however coolers, pets, and skateboards are not permitted. Races start at 12:00 Noon and end at 5:00 p.m. daily in Mill Creek, located at the entrance of Fort Monroe from the East Mercury Boulevard bridge in Hampton, Virginia. The bridge opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. and boat checks will take place before the races begin. The Bash at the Bridge begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday August 8 and will feature live musical entertainment. The bash is free and open to the public (food and beverages can be purchased on-site). For more information on the 82nd annual Hampton Cup Regatta, check out or Ryan LaFata Hampton CVB