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Give It a Go Powerboat Driving School with RegattaFest

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

Pictured is the Thundercat class X boat – an inflatable racing craft.

What’s it like to be in a powerboat, racing on a liquid track? Some enthusiasts have described the time as trying to make a turn into your driveway at 85-90 mph in a torrential rainstorm while four or five other people have decided to make that same turn with you at the same time and speed. “It is so different out here; from the shore the perspective is fast, but you have no idea how fast until the shore is coming to you at what seems like 1000 mph,” is how one participant explained the experience. Think this demanding, action-packed motorsport might be for you? Is this something you want to try?

RegattaFest is giving you the opportunity to “give it a go” during their driving school on Friday, September 27 from 2 to 5 p.m.

It is a ground-level experience where you learn the basics of racing, the general rules, safety considerations, and the principles of working as part of a two-person team. Most driving schools sign you up, cover the basics, and put you in a race boat. This school is a bit different. You become part of a team, but you aren’t the throttleman.

It is an introduction to the fast-lane pace of being on a racecourse, in a controlled environment, exciting and real but without the need for any boating experience. You ride in a Thundercat class X boat an inflatable racing craft one that will be competing over the weekend for the North American Championship. Your pilot will be Adam Low (Michigan), an experienced driver with a knack for precision and timing. The land part of the experience is managed by a team of seasoned tunnel boat drivers and racing officials. Everyone dedicated to making your participation exciting fast fun.

Here are the basics: you must be at least 18 years old and interested in becoming a driver. There is no pre-registration, just come down to the old ferry landing, Main Street in downtown New Martinsville (between the Wetzel County Court House and Wesbanco) on Friday, September 27, between 2 and 5 p.m. Training is individual and, the amount of on-water time will depend on the number of participants. Cost is $125 per person.

Race-approved helmet and life jacket are supplied. RegattaFest will have the Thundercat on display, Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5 pm at the Wetzel County Museum’s Square on Main (Main Street, New Martinsville). Come down, join us, meet Adam and part of the driving school team for an insiders look at the racing experience.

For more information, message us on our Facebook page, but remember that by Friday afternoon (September 27) we will not be available to answer since we will all be living life in the fast lane during the Give It a Go driving school. www.facebook.com/dayattheracesinnewmartinsville/.