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RegattaFest Event Schedule

21 09 2016




2 08 2016

Grand National Hydroplanes GNH) will participate in the 2016 REGATTAFEST, September 24-25, 2016. In a recently completed agreement between RegattaFest Race Committee representatives and officials of the American Power Boat Ass2016 Grand National Hydro Photoociation, these large twenty-foot boats will be racing both Saturday and Sunday (24-25) vying for purse and trophies.

Powered by up to 511 cubic inch automotive engines packing 750+ horsepower, these boats can reach 150 mph and throw a 70 foot roostertail. Race fans in Upper Ohio Valley area remember these boats as 7 Litre hydroplanes; the racecraft were the feature event during past Inboard regattas. New Martinsville’s stretch of the Ohio River claims the existing straightaway record for the class at 151.271 mph set by Buddy Byers of Columbus, Ohio.

The September 23-25, 2016 edition of RegattaFest will include powerboat races, powerboat record runs, live entertainment, activities just for kids, concessions and much more.



2 05 2016

IT’S ALL IN A NAME and that’s why the New Martinsville Records and Regatta Challenge Board of Directors made the decision to rebrand their community event. With the knowledge that the new name needed to describe not just the long-standing tradition of powerboat racing and record-setting but also acknowledge the other family fun activities that surround and enhance the three-day fall festival, the Regatta Board created a contest to find a more definitive identity.

2016 regattafest announcement 4 28     After sifting through more than 25 entries from fans, the Board of Directors unveiled their new name during the Wetzel County Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Now the event is officially RegattaFest.

    “RegattaFest reflects the broader scope of the event while retaining the core of nationally sanctioned powerboat record runs and races,” explained Brian Rogers Board member. “We felt it was important to keep the word regatta in the name as it is something that people have recognized and respected in the area for almost 80 years, but we also needed to express that there are plenty of land-based activities and live entertainment as well. The 2016 edition of RegattaFest will include the traditional  powerboat races, record runs, music, entertainment, concessions, and activities just for kids.”

    Mark your calendars and make plans to explore what RegattaFest has to offer the last weekend in September, the twenty third through the twenty-fifth, on the Ohio River and along Main Street in New Martinsville, West Virginia. For up to date event information visit our web site: or our facebook page:



21 04 2016

During the New Martinsville Records & Regatta Challenge annual organizational meeting, elections were held for the 2016 Board of Directors.  Steve Bohrer, Jane Ann Gamble, Jerry Palisco, Steve Palisco, Sam Winer and Sherron Winer, all past directors, were re-elected along with three new Board members:  Jae C. Lehew, Brian Rogers and Donna Smittle. Jae C is the manager of  S & S Jewelry, Brian is a co-owner of The Supply Closet and Donna is  a Professor Emeritus with  WVNCC and a board member at Doolin Security Savings Bank. All three members are active in the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce.

“We welcome all three new directors; new faces and fresh ideas are critical to the improvement and longevity of the festival,” commented Steve Bohrer, Chairman of the Board.  “We are an all-volunteer community group so a diverse Board will provide an opportunity to develop larger committees and of course we welcome more volunteers,” added Jerry Pallisco (Vice President).

The organization is dedicated to including more community activities in 2016 and is currently asking for suggestions through a “new name contest.” For details go to or go to the event’s Facebook page:, Community help is always appreciated so if you would like to volunteer, send us a message on our Facebook page, we would love to have you join us.  


U-36 MISS U.S. IV To Run In New Martinsville

4 04 2016

Jay Armstrong, Omaha, Nebraska, has accepted our invitation to bring the U-36 MISS U.S.IV to New Martinsville for the running of the September 23-25 Regatta. She will join the GALE V (already been committed) in a high-speed demonstration marking the first time that two Unlimiteds have been on the Ohio river in New Martinsville since 1962.Miss US IV image 1

The MISS U.S. IV was built for George Simon in 1956, saw limited action for about three years then sat in a garage for 40 years before Jay rescued her in 2012. Restoration began and now, U-36 is primed and ready to entertain old fans and earn new ones. The boat holds the distinction of being the first of only three Unlimited hulls designed and built by Henry Lauterbach.

Make plans to join us the last weekend in September to welcome back to very special Unlimited Hydroplanes.


Help us Rename the New Martinsville Records Challenge & Regatta

25 03 2016

The New Martinsville Records Challenge & Regatta is seeking help to rename our annual event scheduled for September 23-25. Over the last several years, we have grown from  a weekend of setting national powerboat speed records to a three-day festival  with a street fair including activities “just for kids,” live music and entertainment, vendors and food concessions along with the traditional record runs and full-out, throttle-open APBA sanctioned racing on the river. Now we need a new name that gives an accurate idea of what this event entails.

We are asking you to submit your best ideas for a new name,  one that reflects the diversity of events and activities that occur throughout the weekend, while still focusing on the racing.  Potential names could evoke our historic race tradition, one that reaches back as far as 1936, or the excitement of competitive racing.  While including on-water action, the potential name needs to take into account all event activities going on throughout the area .

The winning submission will receive two Event VIP Tickets and an invitation (prepaid tickets) for two to attend the annual Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards Dinner on April 28 when we will unveil the new name.

To submit a name for consideration you can:

  • Go to our Facebook page ( and post your entry along with your name and contact information
  • Go to our website ( and enter  your idea along with your name and contact info
  • You can also mail your entry to: Regatta Contest, PO Box 539, New Martinsville, WV 26155
  • Don’t forget — your contact information (full name, complete address and email or phone number) is necessary and we promise not to share your information with any third party.  

The New Martinsville Records Challenge & Regatta is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing exciting entertainment as well as nationally APBA sanctioned racing for the communities of the upper Ohio Valley.


2015 Records and Regatta Challenge Schedule

14 09 2015


2013 New Martinsville Challenge Records logo RECORDS AND REGATTA combinedFriday, September 25

On the Water

1-5 PM     ¼ mile Record Runs for Stock, Mod, Pro,

OPC and Special Events classes

On the Stage

7 PM     Live Music from Easy Street


Saturday, September 26

On the Water

10 AM – 12:30 PM     ¼ mile record Runs for Inboard and Junior classes

1 PM – 4:30 PM     Heat Racing Inboard Hydros and OPC Classes

On the Stage

1 PM     Magic Show

2:30 PM     Fire Juggling

7 PM     Live Music from M 80s

On Main Street

Noon – 4 PM Face Painting, Inflatables, Rock Wall Climbing

Noon – 4 PM     Vendor, Display, Craft and Food Booths

2 PM     Balloon Art

2 PM     Car Show


Sunday, September 27

On the Water

1 – 4 PM    Championship Finals for OPC classes and

Heat Racing for Inboard classes

On the Stage

1 PM    Ezra Hamilton (singer)

3 PM     Fire Juggling

On Main Street

Noon – 4 PM     Inflatables, Face Painting, Rock Wall Climbing

Noon – 4 PM     Vendors, Displays, Craft and Food Booths

2 PM     Balloon Art


Getting Ready to “Regatta”

22 07 2015

New Martinsville Records and Regatta Challenge, scheduled for the weekend of September 25-27, has expanded the fan-favorite event to three full days. Teams looking to set national and international ¼ mile straightaway speed records as well as teams coming to participate in the Regatta Inboard hydroplane and OPC tunnel boat races have increased in numbers. In order to allow everyone registered to compete, the Regatta Board of Directors made the decision to start on-water activities on Friday. The popular event has gained the attention of the Canadian Boating Federation (CBF) and they have requested that the records portion of the weekend be sanctioned through Canada as well as APBA to allow Canadian teams the opportunity to set Canadian records as well as USA and UIM (international records).

The Regatta committee has been working since the end of the 2014 event to make sure that land-based activities are fun with a continuing emphasis on things “just for kids.” Additionally, there will be live entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday on the main stage and vendors will line Main Street (downtown). There isn’t a bad seat in the house for watching the races or listening to the music.

2014-NM-media-just-for-kidsMark your calendars, make your plans and come join join us for some fast fun. Best of all — everything is free including the popular inflatables, thanks to the incredible support of area business and industry as well as assistance from the Wetzel County Commission, the City of New Martinsville and the Wetzel County CVB.