Cambridge Classic Regatta is May 19-20

submitted to dorchester banner/ Skip Vanderslice. Boats race side by side in the 108th Cambridge Classic Power  Boat Regatta May 19-20 on the Choptank River.

submitted to dorchester banner/ Skip Vanderslice.
Boats race side by side in the 108th Cambridge Classic Power
Boat Regatta May 19-20 on the Choptank River.

CAMBRIDGE — The country’s longest-running powerboat races happen right here in Dorchester! This year marks the 108th Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta May 19-20 on the Choptank River. Some of these boats reach speeds up to 170mph!

The fleet ranges from the classic Jersey speed skiffs turning on their sides and going airborne at 70mph to the 1,500-horsepower grand prix boats that reach speeds of 170 mph.

Admission is FREE with a $5 a day charge for in/out parking. Food and drink will be available. (Sorry, no outside coolers allowed). Races are scheduled to run rain or shine, although if the wind is strong, the race organizers will make the call.

The races happen from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 19 and 20 on Hambrooks Bay, off the Choptank River in Cambridge. Watch the action from Great Marsh Park, 1 Somerset Ave. There will be bleacher seating, as well as room for lawn chairs. Spectators can also watch the Cambridge Classic from the water. The fleet will raft at Rooster Point. A no-wake zone will be established from Howell Point to the Choptank River Bridge.

There will be opportunity to visit the cold pit area to see some of the boats up close and meet the race teams.

Check out the helpful Spectator’s Guide to the Cambridge Classic from 2017 put out by PropTalk magazine.

•Save The Date For Thunder On The Choptank: Mark your calendar for another great powerboat race on July 28-29, 2018, when the Kent Narrow Racing Association brings their race to Cambridge. That’s right, Thunder on the Narrow moved to Cambridge in 2017 and is now known as Thunder on the Choptank.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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