NOTE: The races are scheduled to run rain or shine, although if the wind is too strong, the race organizers will make the call. Check for the latest updates on the Facebook event page

WHAT:

Now in its 107th  year, the Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta is the longest-running powerboat race in the United States. For the first time, this world-class event will bring boats from the Canada-based Hydroplane Racing League, in addition to boats from the American Power Boat Association. Up to 90 boats will be racing in six classes:

  • Grand Prix Hydroplanes
  • H350 Hydroplanes
  • Formula 2500 Hydroplanes
  • 2.5 Liter Hydroplanes
  • 1 Liter Hydroplanes
  • Jersey Speed Skiffs

The fleet ranges from the classic Jersey speed skiffs turning on their sides and going airborne at 70mph to the 1,500-horsepower grand prix boats that reach speeds of 170 mph. Admission is FREE with a $5 a day charge for in/out parking. Food and drink will be available. BONUS: During the races, local microwbrewery RAR Brewing will be releasing a beer specially brewed for the event — the Cambridge Classic Rooster Tail Ale.

The races will be broadcast live on WCEM Radio 1240 AM and 106.3 FM The Heat both days beginning at 10:30am.

The event is organized by the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association,

WHEN:

The races happen from 10:30am to 5pm on May 13 and 14, 2017. The HRL classes are scheduled to run first each day, followed by the APBA classes. Some racers will do test runs on the water on Friday, May 12 around 3pm, and the public is welcome to watch from Great Marsh Park.

WHERE:

The races happen on Hambrooks Bay, off the Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland. Watch the action from Great Marsh Park, 1 Somerset Ave. Spectators can also watch the Cambridge Classic from the water. The fleet will raft at Rooster Point. A no-wake zone will be established from Howell Point to the Choptank River Bridge. BONUS for BOATERS: Both the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin and the Cambridge Yacht Club are offering free transient slip rental on Friday and Saturday nights on race weekend — and on every weekend in the month of May. Contact the Municipal Yacht Basin at 410-228-4031 and the Cambridge Yacht Club at 410-228-2141.

SPECTATOR’S GUIDE:

Check out the helpful Spectator’s Guide to the Cambridge Classic put out by PropTalk magazine.

REASON TO BRING THE KIDS:

The best part of the event may be wandering the pit area. In the cold pit area, fans of all ages can view the boats and meet the racers. Kids might even have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a race boat!

SAVE THE DATE for THUNDER ON THE CHOPTANK:

Mark your calendar for another great powerboat race on August 19 and 20, 2017, when the Kent Narrow Racing Association brings their race to Cambridge, Maryland. That’s right, Thunder on the Narrows is moving to Cambridge in 2017 and it will be known as Thunder on the Choptank. Check back for details.