The 2014 Rising Sun Regatta will be an exciting weekend of boat racing to be held this year on August 16th and 17th. The fun will begin on Saturday morning with the power of the Ohio Valley Vintage Hydroplane Association's vintage hydroplane boats. These historical racing boats will be hoisted into to the water by two cranes simultaneously. Vintage hydroplanes pack a lot of punch and will be an entertaining spectacle that you won’t want to miss. 
On Saturday afternoon, fans will be treated to the speed and fury of the Powerboat Nationals’ outboard tunnel boats. This category of racing features some of the biggest, most powerful outboard engines in Powerboat Racing. Outboard performance craft (OPC) travel on a less-than-a mile rectangle course averaging 115 mph, can start from a dead engine start, go 0 to 100 mph in 6 seconds and turn 180 degrees with forces of up to 5 G’s. These boats are the fastest turning vehicle in the world! On Sunday, The racing schedule will be repeated as the vintage boats will again take the water followed by the OPC championship finals. 

Hydroplane racing is like driving a car and flying an airplane at the same time which makes it both fun and extremely challenging.The unpredictability of the water during each lap is much more difficult than the consistency of a car-racing track. Every time you come around, it’s totally different water which means that a good powerboat racer tries to combat these challenges by being fast and aggressive, but smart.

This is the second year for the regatta in its return to Rising Sun, Indiana. The community holds an honored place in powerboat racing history. Remembered as a top venue for past Inboard hydroplane events, the loyal and active support of the local people have made the races in Rising Sun both entertaining and exciting. Rising Sun is also the home of Row Whitlock’s famed “Hoosier Boy” raceboat from the early days of boat racing. The boat is proudly is display everyday at the Rising Sun History Museum.

“Last year was so much fun and excitement, I just can’t wait to hear the roar of the boats on the river in August. This is a free event which is open to the whole family featuring exciting racing, great food, and wonderful fun for the entire family.” said Marsha Louden of the Ohio County Tourism office. “ Please come out and join us for a great weekend on the river in Rising Sun!”

Daily Schedule
    8-9a                   Late Registration / Dive Team Setting Course
    9a                       Driver's Meeting
    9:30a                 Chapel (Sunday only)
    10-10:30a        Testing SST-45
    10:30-11a         Testing SST-60
    11a-11:30         Testing SST-120
    11:30-12:45p     Break
    Noon-12:30p     Autograph Session
    12:50p                 Opening Ceremony
    1-2p                     Vintage Program
    2-5p                     OPC Program
    4:45p                     Break
    5-6p                     Vintage Program

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