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Madison Regatta Ready For Sunny, Dry Weekend

Posted On July 03, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

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(Madison, Ind.) – After being washed out by rain and flooding on the Ohio River last year, the Madison Regatta is back this Fourth of July weekend.

The powerboat racing event begins Friday, July 4 and runs through Sunday, July 6. In addition to the powerboats zipping across the water, the 64th regatta features air shows, live music, food, and fireworks.

The H1 Unlimited powerboats were began arriving in Madison earlier this week. The boats will be unloaded into the Ohio River Thursday afternoon. Racing will begin Saturday and continue into Sunday.

You can view a full rundown of Madison Regatta events below or at www.MadisonRegatta.com.

Last year’s regatta experienced controversy when no refunds were issued following the event’s cancellation. That’s not expected to happen this year with a cooperative weather forecast and the Ohio River to remain well below flood stage through the weekend.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 3

9:00am – 12:00pm-Unlimited Hydros on Display on Broadway Street or Vaughn Drive
12:00pm – Begin setting Unlimiteds in Pit Area (NO FUEL)
1:00pm – Golf Scramble at Belterra Casino Resort
5:00pm – 12:00am-Music on the River, co-sponsored by Arvin Sango, Big O Tires, Northside Liquors & Riverboat Inn, at Fireman’s Park on the Riverfront (see Event Schedule for list of bands)
8:00pm – 12:00am-Rocking The Regatta with the Jimmy Davis Band (cover charge: $5)

 

FRIDAY, JULY 4

8:00am – 10:00am-Media Breakfast at VIP Tent (Drivers-Owners-Regatta Officials-Media ONLY)
10:00am – 12:00pm- Cold Pits Open for Public Walk Through (NO FUEL)
12:00pm-Pits Closed to Public – Fuel Truck into Pits
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Comfort Inn Pit Tours
3:00pm – 12:00am – Music on the River, co-sponsored by Arvin Sango, Big O Tires, Northside Liquors & Riverboat Inn, at Fireman’s Park on the Riverfront (See Event Schedule for list of bands)
7:00pm – River Valley Financial Bank Madison Regatta Parade on Main St.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 5

7:00am River Closes / Race Course Setup / Finalize Course Setup
8:00am Drivers Meeting
9:00am – 10:00am H1 Unlimited Testing Session #1
9:00am – 12:00pm Comfort Inn Pit Tours
10:00am – 10:20am Vintage Unlimited Exhibition Session #1
10:30am – 10:45am Opening Ceremonies
10:45am – 11:00am Grote Industries Air Show w/ aerobatic pilot Brett Hunter
11:00am – 12:00pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing Session #2
12:00pm – 1:00pm River Opens
12:15pm – 12:45pm VFW Post 1969 and the Men’s and Women’s Auxiliary Unlimited Driver’s Autograph Session #1
1:00pm River Closes
1:30pm H1 Unlimited Pole Position Qualifying
1:00pm – 4:00pm Comfort Inn Pit Tours
3:45pm Tony & Phyllis Steinhardt and Family present the Fastest Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifier Award
3:30pm – 4:00pm Vintage Unlimited Exhibition Session #2
4:00pm – 4:30pm “Unlimited Testing” or “Dash for Cash”
4:30pm Unlimited Drivers Meeting
4:00pm – 12:00am Music on the River, co-sponsored by Arvin Sango, Big O Tires, Northside Liquors & Riverboat Inn, at Fireman’s Park on the Riverfront (See Event Schedule for list of bands) 5:10pm River Opens
8:00pm River Closes for Air Show & Fireworks
9:00pm Grote Industries Twilight Air Show w/ aerobatic pilot Brett Hunter
Approx 10:00pm Fireworks Spectacular, Co-Sponsored by American Legion Post #9 & The City of Madison

 

SUNDAY, JULY 6

7:00am River Closes
7:45am Driver Physicals / Safety & Rescue Meeting – Divers Walk Through
8:15am – 8:45am Chapel Service
9:00am – 10:00am H1 Unlimited Testing
10:10am – 10:30am Opening Ceremonies
10:30am – 10:50am Grote Industries Air Show w/ aerobatic pilot Brett Hunter
11:00am Clifty Engineering & Tool Company Unlimited Heat 1A
11:20pm Morgan Foods Unlimited Heat 1B
11:40pm Unlimited Heat 1C (if Necessary)
11:50am Awards Presentation at Judge’s Stand for all 3 Heat Winners
11:50am River Opens
12:00pm – 12:30pm VFW Post #1969 & the Men’s & Women’s Auxiliary, Unlimited Drivers Autograph Session #2
12:50pm River Closes
1:10pm Americal Legion Post #9 Unlimited Heat 2A
1:30pm Budweiser Unlimited Heat 2B
1:50pm Unlimited Heat 2C (if Necessary)
2:00pm Awards Ceremony at Judge’s Stand for all 3 Heat Winners
2:00pm – 2:25pm Vintage Unlimited Exhibition Session #3 2:45pm Jacque Thacker Memorial Unlimited Heat 3A
3:05pm Active Military & Veterans Unlimited Heat 3B
3:15pm Awards Ceremony at Judge’s Stand for both Heat Winners
3:25pm – 3:45pm Grote Industries Air Show w/ aerobatic pilot Brett Hunter
4:05pm The Madison Regatta Indiana Governors Cup Unlimited Final Heat
4:30pm Indiana Governor’s Cup Awards Presentation at Judge’s Stand
4:30pm River Opens