Madison Regatta

Longer race course for Unlimiteds,
addition of GP boats in store for fans

Regatta Festival kicks off June 27
and runs through race weekend


(June 2015)
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Don Ward

(June 2015) – Plans are moving forward for the 2015 Madison Regatta. The all-volunteer committee has several new features in store when the Regatta kicks off the H1 Unlimited racing season on July 3-5 in Madison, Ind., according to this year’s Regatta President Jeff Chandler.

2015 Madison Regatta
Festival Schedule

June 27: Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Teen Pageants. Noon at the Madison High School Auditorium. Teen pageant at 6 p.m.

June 28: Madison Regatta Kick-Off Party. 1 p.m. at Madison Bicentennial Park.

June 28: Baby Contest. 1 p.m. at Madison Bicentennial Park.

June 29: Miss Madison Regatta Scholarship Pageant. 7 p.m. at the MCHS Auditorium. Admission $8.

June 30: Madison Regatta Waterball Fights. 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

June 30: Movie “Madison” sponsored by the City of Madison. 8 p.m. at Madison Bicentennial Park.

July 1: WORX Street Dance. 8 p.m. on Vaughn Drive.

July 2: Madison Regatta/Belterra Golf Tournament. 10 a.m. at Belterra Casino Resort golf course.

July 2-4: Music on the River. At Fireman’s Park.

July 2: 5 p.m. - midnight featuring The Page Left Blank (5:30-6:30 p.m.); Derick Howard (7-8 p.m.); Chris Jesse & The Outsiders (8:30-9:45 p.m.); Jimmy Mundane & the Unknown Insanes (10:15-11:45 p.m.)

July 3: 5 p.m. - midnight featuring Hotwired (5-6:45 p.m.); Country Bourne (7:15-8:45 p.m.); Tim Pearson & Jordan Antoine Wilson (9-9:30 p.m.); J.D. Shelburn (9:30 p.m. - midnight)

July 4: 5 p.m. - midnight featuring Power Plant (5:15-6:15 p.m.); The Weekend Classic (6:45-7:45 p.m.); Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters (8:15-9:45 p.m.); Elephant Room (10:30 p.m. - midnight)

July 2: Rockin the Riverfront. 8 p.m. at the Regatta VIP tent on the riverfront with The Jimmy Davis Band. Charge $5. Must be 21 or over.

July 3-4: Remote controlled boats. Noon at JPG’s Kruger Lake.
July 3: Madison Regatta Parade. 7 p.m. on Main Street. Sponsors: City of Madison and River Valley Financial Bank.

July 4: Jane Jacobs Memorial Madison Courier Run/Walk. 8 a.m. at Madison Consolidated High School parking lot.

July 4: Volleyball Tourney (tentative). At Jaycee Park.

July 4: Grote Industries Air Shows. By aerobatic pilot Brett Hunter. Show times TBA.

July 4: Fireworks Spectacular on the Riverfront. 10 p.m. Sponsors: American Legion Post 9, City of Madison, Jefferson Co. Board of Tourism.

• For admission wristbands and more information, visit www.MadisonRegatta.com.


The biggest changes will be the return to a three-day event, with the addition of Grand Prix West hydroplanes that will compete in addition to the popular Unlimiteds, and the return to the longer 2.5-mile course, since the Milton-Madison Bridge construction is now complete. The Regatta had to shorten the course and move it farther downriver in recent years due to the bridge construction.
Past Regatta President Nate Davis has taken the role of overseeing this boat racing card to complement the action on the Ohio River. The Regatta committee has announced that at least seven of these GP class boats have committed to the Madison race, with two more possible. Davis has obtained boat sponsors from many local businesses to help defray costs. GP boats are smaller than the Unlimiteds but use automotive engines and race on a shorter 12/3-mile course.
Meantime, at least 11 Unlimited hydroplane race boats are expected in Madison, including the ever-popular Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison, with second-year driver Jimmy Shane at the helm. The former Porter Racing driver from Havre de Grace, Md., made quick work in carving a name for himself last year by capturing the H1 Unlimited Series High Points Championship with a victory at Detroit.
H1 Unlimited moves to Tri-Cities, Wash., on July 24-26; then to Seattle for Seafair on July 31 – Aug. 2; then finishes at San Diego for Bayfair on Sept. 18-20.
The Madison Regatta Festival, meanwhile, kicks off Saturday, June 27, with Little Miss, Preteen and Teen pageants. The festival runs daily through race weekend, with live music, water ball fight, parade, 10K run, fireworks and much more (See schedule).
Admission wristbands are $25 and available at many local retailers, the tourism office and online at the event website: www.MadisonRegatta.com.

Don Ward is the editor, publisher and owner of RoundAbout. Call him at (812) 273-2259 or email him at: info@RoundAbout.bz.


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