The Country’s longest-running powerboat races happen right here in Dorchester County! This will be the 111th Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta on the Choptank River. The Hydroplane Racing League (HRL) will open their series in Cambridge. HRL will bring approximately 70 racing teams to town including 2.5 litre, formula 2500, Hydro 350 (previously 5 litre) and Grand Prix and the Jersey Speed Skiff class.
Hydroplane hulls will range in size from 16 to 26 feet in length. Engines ranging from 2.5 litre to blown 1500 HP powerhouses will produce speeds from 80 to 150 mph around a 1 mile course located in Hambrooks Bay.
Admission is FREE (a small parking fee is charged).
Bleacher seating is available along the front stretch with a great view and a family friendly atmosphere.
Food and drink will be available (Sorry, no outside coolers allowed).
Races are scheduled to run rain or shine. However, if the wind is strong, the race organizers will make the call.
When: The races happen from 10am to 5:30pm on May 20 and 21
Where: Hambrooks Bay, off the Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland.
Watch the action from Gerry Boyle Park at Great Marsh, at the end of Somerset Avenue. There will be bleacher seating, as well as room for lawn chairs. 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.
The Pit: There will be the opportunity to visit the cold pit area to see some of the boats up close and meet the race teams.
Spectators Guide: Check out the helpful Spectators Guide to the Cambridge Classic (from 2017 put out by PropTalk magazine)
Save the Date for Thunder on the Choptank: July 22-23 for another great powerboat race at Gerry Boyle Park at Great Marsh brought to you by Kent Narrows Racing Association!