The 63rd annual Madison Regatta and the Madison Regatta Festival over the Independence Day Holiday represents one of the largest events in the Hoosier State. Thousands of spectators from all over the country traditionally converge on this historic Indiana river town to take in the many and varied events, culminating with Sunday’s 63rd annual running of the Lucas Oil Indiana Governor’s Cup.
The city of Madison officially started hosting the annual Unlimited Hydroplane events with the first Madison Regatta, held in 1951, on the now famous Ohio River course.
But the people of Madison have done much more than simply host the Regatta. In one of the most unusual sports relationships ever, since 1961 the Community of Madison has actually owned perhaps the most famous Unlimited Hydroplane in the storied history of boat racing - the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Miss Madison. This unique local ownership each year prompts thousands of local fans and loyal backers to line the banks of the scenic Ohio each year, rooting for their boat and driver Steve David. 2012 H1 Unlimited Series champion Steve David would like nothing better than to return the coveted Indiana Governor’s Cup to the people of Madison. In 2012, David lost a close duel and the Governor’s Cup to arch-rival Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar. David won the Governor’s Cup in 2010 and 2011.
This weekend, David will try to repeat those popular wins, and drive the Community-owned Miss Madison to the 2013 Indiana Governor’s Cup title for what he calls “the best fans in the world.”
The action for the H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes on the famous Bill Cantrell Memorial river race course begins Friday, July 5 (tonight), with testing at 10 a.m. and Pole Position Qualification runs from 3 p.m. to 5p.m.
Heat Races 1A, 1B and 1C will be contested starting tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday will see Heat Races 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B and 3C, contested every 20 minutes beginning at 1:30 p.m. These Heat Races will determine the starting lineup for the prestigious 63rd annual Madison Regatta Indiana Governor’s Cup finale, which takes the green flag at 4:20 pm.
The Winner’s celebration for the 2013 Madison Regatta Indiana Governor’s Cup will take place on the riverside victory circle after the race is completed.
There will be at least 10 other H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes competing for the 2013 Lucas Oil Indiana Governor’s Cup title at this year’s Madison Regatta, but one thing’s for sure - most of the fans will be cheering for the locally owned Miss Madison.