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Regatta Returns To Roar On River

By Staff | Sep 24, 2014

The water along the the New Martinsville stretch of the Ohio River has proven to be some of the fastest in the world. Racing teams from across the country will arrive in New Martinsville this weekend to try to set some new records.

It’s time to rev up your engines and prepare for the third annual New Martinsville Records Challenge and Regatta. This festival will take over New Martinsville Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28, bringing fun, food, and fireworks to the downtown area.

Through the sponsorship of Powerboat Superleague, the New Martinsville Records and Regatta Challenge group hosted the first quarter-mile APBA (American Power Boat Association) Records Run for Inboard, Tunnel/OPC and Stock categories of racing in September 2012. Twenty-eight teams registered and 22 records were set.

Last year Superleague added the MOD, PRO, Special Event (Rigid Inflatable), and Junior categories of boats to the records challenge and for the first time in 14 years racing was part of the event schedule with two classes of Inboard hydros and two classes of OPC tunnel boats. A total of 376 individual runs covering 27 classes in seven distinct divisions of APBA racing set 23 new records, placing the New Martinsville venue as the location for fast water and as one of the top three race sites in the United States for setting a record.

Both years the local committee made sure that fans on land were treated to music, food, and plenty of free fun designed specifically for kids. In fact, all events are free unless otherwise noted.

This year brings increased interest from the racing community to travel to the Ohio Valley. Setting a world or national speed record presents a specific challenge to teams and drivers searching for the adrenaline rush that speed produces. Adding one’s name to the record book is an honor earned through hard work, infinite preparation, and fast water, the water in that stretch of the Ohio River flowing past New Martinsville.

Additional event information, including the most current schedule and directions, is available by going to: “http://www.newmartinsvillerecordschallenge.org”>www.newmartinsvillerecordschallenge.org.

Also, check out the NM Records Challenge and Regatta on Facebook by heading to www.facebook. com/adayattheracesinnewmartinsville and follow all of the racing action through Powerboat Superleague’s facebook and website at www.aprsuperleague.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/powerboatsuperleague.

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Pavilion to be Dedicated

The memory of lifelong resident and civic leader Bryan Wilson will be honored on Saturday with a dedication of the Bryan Wilson Memorial Pavilion.

Wilson felt that one of New Martinsville’s greatest assets is its river, and he devoted the last years of his life working toward riverfront development.

He never lost his passion for New Martinsville and the Riverfront Development Committee is happy to dedicate the first phase of the riverfront project to him.

The docks have arrived and will be stored until spring, when they will be installed.

The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites the public to attend this ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The Chamber and the RDC felt that Regatta weekend would be a fitting time for the ribbon cutting of the pavilion.