Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta
September 16-19, 2009
Many thanks to all the
participants and the over 100 volunteers for making our
2009 Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta our biggest and
best yet. We have already started the planning process
for our next regatta - mark your calendars for September
14-17, 2011 !!!
special thanks to Ed Shield and Larry Lauterbach for
giving all the charity rides in his new 2 seater Grand
Prix hydroplane. I bought the first ride and got the
thrill of a lifetime. Thanks also to Marv Hart for his many charity boat rides
in his Miss Canadiana GP hydro. Thanks also to Tom D'Eath, Marv
Heart and Dave Richardson for providing the superb
commentary on the PA system. Stan Fitts and Brian Small
were our Referees, watched over us and kept us safe.
Bill John -
Click here for photos by F. Peirce Williams
for photos of our 2007 Regatta
past came alive when the vintage race boats of
bygone eras returned to Wolfeboro, NH for our 6th
biannual Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta. Wolfeboro is
now a major stop on the APBA Vintage Race Boat
Circuit, and this summer's regatta expanded to 4
full days, and included over 50 vintage race boats
running demonstration laps on a 1 mile oval course
on beautiful Wolfeboro Bay, moved a bit this
year, to provide better spectator viewing from the
Wolfeboro docks. This was our
biggest and best Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta
yet, and as a special attraction, and
to recreate the history of power boat racing on
Wolfeboro Bay back in the 1920ís and 1930ís, the
opening and closing ceremonies on Friday and
Saturday featured a heat of vintage triple cockpit
runabouts. We ran a tight schedule, with APBA safely
inspections and registrations on Thursday, followed by running
vintage heats every 20 minutes for 2 full days on Friday and
Saturday. The crane and constant launching of the hydros provided for stunning visuals, and the
Wolfeboro public docks were of course open to the
public to view
the vintage race boats, and to watch all the action.
It was an exciting event, the crowds were
huge, the sights and sounds were just magnificent, and it only
happens every two years !!!
Like vintage car racing, there are actually people out there who run
their vintage race boats on APBA (American Power Boat Association)
sanctioned race courses, and participate in a very active
APBA Vintage Race
These vintage regattas are run under the rules and regulations of the
Vintage & Historic Division of the American Power Boat Association (APBA)
and Tom Bertolini is our chairman.
This is pretty serious stuff, complete with surveyed race courses,
safety inspections, drivers meetings, crane launching and demonstration
heats usually of 5 or 6 laps. We do have fun, but safety is our main
concern, and our APBA Vintage & Historic Division has a great record of
running safe events.
this year, our Wolfeboro vintage regatta was scheduled for the
weekend after the Buffalo regatta, and as many of you know, our Wolfeboro vintage regatta is held every other year,
alternating with the Clayton regatta, and we are becoming well known for our "flat water"
and lots of water time. In fact, we run vintage heats every 20 minutes for two
full days. So if you wanna see lots of vintage race boats running at speed, you just gotta
come to Wolfeboro !!!
Wolfeboro was an invitational
event, open to legal APBA Vintage & Historic race boats and we ran large heats
of all vintage classes, including outboards, small hydros,
mid hydros, large hydros, Jersey speed Skiffs, flatbottoms, gold
cupper speedsters, and large triple cockpit runabouts.
fun started on Wednesday afternoon, when the participants started to
arrive for registration and
a cruise on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee,
with our magnificent
triple cockpit runabouts
followed by a reception at our NH
Boat Museum. This was a special treat for
all of our early arrivers !!!
Wednesday evening, the New Hampshire Boat Museum hosted a reception
at the museum.
Again this year, on Thursday we hosted a welcoming
at the Wolfetrap for all participants and crews. Thursday was a full
day of APBA safety inspections, registrations, boat rides, good friends and great food - a vintage gathering. Thursday was
also a major media day, as the press and public were invited to
photograph the beautiful vintage race boats and talk with the owners
and crew. Many thanks to Shaun Berry, Roger Burgess and Donnie
McLean for staging all the boats and to Gerri Prusko for handling
registration. We had a full day on Thursday at the Wolfetrap, to
prepare for two full days of vintage action at the Wolfeboro
docks on Friday and Saturday !!!
Thursday afternoon at 4 PM we moved the hydros from the
Wolfetrap to the town docks where we setup the hydro hot
pit area and moved the crane into position to pick all
the boats.We made the move and setup in record
time, thanks to the many hours of planning by our
organizing committee. All the participants
cooperated nicely, we all had a good time, and all
the beautiful vintage race boats were successfully
moved without a scratch. Special thanks to Rick Kourian,
Shaun Berry, Roger Burgess, Donnie McLean and all
the volunteers for a job well done.
Then on Thursday evening, we howled at the Wolfetrap
with a free BBQ for all regatta participants. We had
a huge turnout, as this was a great celebration and
gathering of our APBA vintage family at Wolfeboro,
the last major regatta on our beloved APBA Vintage
Race Boat Circuit. The BBQ provided by Barbara
Naramore at the Wolfetrap was superb, we all had a great time
On early Friday morning it was time to setup the
vintage race boats and get ready to run. The crane
launched hydroplanes were setup on their trailers in the
Hot Pits, and the skiffs, Gold Cups, speedsters and
triple cockpit runabouts were staged in the water at the
docks. After the early morning gathering of the
many volunteers and the Driver/Rider Meeting, at 9 AM
we ran a heat of magnificent
triple cockpit runabouts
our opening ceremonies followed by a heat of
historic race boats.
Opening ceremonies with our magnificent triple cockpit runabouts
& historic boats.
On Friday and Saturday we ran vintage heats all day
long on our 1 mile course, moved a bit this year, to
provide better spectator viewing from the Wolfeboro docks. There was
a large contingent of
vintage outboard racers, along with the many classes of vintage inboard hydros, Jersey Speed Skiffs, flatbottoms and Gold Cup race boats. The constant
of the hydros provided for stunning visuals, and we had eight
fire breathing Grand Prix Hydroplanes in the pits. The Wolfeboro
Public docks were of course open to the public to view the
vintage Gold Cup boats, Jersey Speed Skiffs, Speedsters and
outboards, and to watch all the action close up. The sights and sounds from
the Wolfeboro docks were just magnificent, it was an exciting
event - and it only happens every two years !!!
Marv Hart was busy giving rides !!!
Bari Bryant - first hydro experience -
loved it !!!
Carol Richardson - first hydro
experience - loved it !!!
- first hydro experience - loved it !!!
Bill John - first hydro experience -
loved it !!!
Tony Coco - first hydro experience -
loved it !!!
And the fun continued all day long.
is the major concern at all APBA Vintage
events, and Brian Small and his APBA
Safety/Rescue Team were at at Wolfeboro
again this year. Many thanks also to Stan
Fitts, our APBA Referee and Donnie McLean,
our APBA Drivers Rep.
Click on this
thumbnail to display our race course, on
beautiful Wolfeboro Bay.
This year we angled the
course to provide better viewing for spectators.
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