The 2019 Regatta events will begin on Friday, August 30 when the vintage raceboats and hydroplanes begin to arrive in Wheeling. Our Regatta registration trailer opens at 10:00 am at the top of Heritage Port and remains open until 5:00 pm. The pits are open on Friday so if you’d like to see the vintage boats up close and have great chances to talk to the drivers, join us in Heritage Port any time on Friday.
Our opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 am on Saturday and Sunday. The first heats of hydroplanes roar away from the dock at 10:00 am. If you are anywhere in Wheeling and begin to hear a loud roar, you are probably hearing our raceboats! Heats will continue until noon at which time our course is closed for river traffic to come through. The heats begin again at 2:00 pm and last until the heats are completed.
9:45 am Ohio River closed to through traffic; buoys placed and course set.
United States/Canadian National Anthems
10:00am - Noon Heats of Vintage Hydroplanes and Raceboats on the Ohio River
Noon - 1:30pm Ohio River opened to regular river traffic.
Free autograph session with raceboat drivers. Free posters to the first 100 people!
Free Live Music
1:30pm River closed to through traffic; buoys placed and course set.
2:00pm Heats of Vintage Hydroplanes and Raceboats on the Ohio River
6:00pm Ohio River opened to regular river traffic.
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