High water on the Ohio River forced race officials to cancel the Madison Regatta and Indiana Governor’s Cup races for the first time in the 63-year history of one of the Hoosier State’s famous sports events. The continued rains in the Ohio River valley made the debris laden River and the swollen waters too much for race officials to deal with, and impossible to carry on the 2013 Regatta events.
One official announced that unfortunately the “Ohio River had won the 2013 Madison Regatta”. With the Ohio River to be at near flood stage, and the annual Detroit U 1 Unlimited Hydroplane races scheduled to begin this weekend, race officials had no choice but to cancel this year’s events. More than 7,000 Regatta fans still turned out in spite of the negative conditions. Most were hopeful the high-speed action would see the hometown owned and favorite Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison driven by 2012 H1 Unlimited Series champion Steve David make it three wins out of the last four Indiana Governor’s Cup races on the Ohio River.
A disappointed David signing autographs next to his boat for the loyal fans related his sentiments.
“It’s disappointing,” he said. “I think we had a good chance of making these great fans happy with a win here at Madison.”