HUNTINGTON, WV - The Huntington Classic Regatta, scheduled for July 25-27 at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, WV, will be televised to 5.7 million homes by Fox Sports Ohio. The OPC race is seeking designation as the Region 4 Championship for SST-45, SST-60 and SST-120 classes. The racing action will be filmed and edited for broadcast by RMG Sports.
"The 2014 Huntington Classic Regatta will be the best event we have put on thus far," said Herd Racing Pilot Dana Tomes, a member of the Huntington Classic Regatta committee. "We have gone back to the three traditional and popular race classes of SST-120, SST-60 and SST-45 in an effort to draw out some racers who have been dormant for a while. We are hoping for 20 boats or more across the three classes."
The Huntington Classic Regatta kicks off at 11 a.m. on July 25 with a carnival, food vendors, race team registration, and evening concerts. The event gets going full steam on Saturday with the carnival running all day, boat racing all afternoon, and more concerts in the evening. Sunday's events include the championship finals boat races, a car show, and more.
"There is something going on for everyone," Tomes said. "A car cruise-in, a motorcycle show, a full carnival, midway games, food vendors, a Waterways Expo, sternwheeler rides, a petting zoo, clowns, concerts, and of course, lots of boat racing from the Powerboat Nationals teams."
More information about the events surrounding the 2014 Huntington Classic Regatta are available on the event's website at www.huntingtonclassic.com. The Regatta staff will conduct a press conference at Harris Riverfont Park on Monday, July 21 at 10 a.m. where Powerboat Nationals will have a SST-60 boat on display. Promotional events will continue Thursday evening, July 24, with a concert at nearby Pullman Square where Jerry Guinn's #31 SST-120 powerboat will be displayed.