MONDAY, January 18, 2016 - The APBA's national convention convenes this week in Chicago where the leaders of the sport will gather to plan the 2016 racing season. What race sites will be crowned hosts of the national championships, what race will change the classes of boats it features, what race promoters will be there to announce new race venues or races? The long off-season of planning comes to a head later this week as answers to these and many other questions will be answered.
For the first time I will be attending the convention as a regional commissioner in the Outboard Performance Class category. I got an email a couple months ago out of the blue from the newly elected regional chairman asking if I would like to serve on the board for the upcoming year, so I will get to see the sport from a different perspective this winter.
I am eager to meet with my colleagues in Chicago in a few days and attempt to do my part of help make the sport a little better in 2016 than it was in the previous year.
Speaking of growth, the 2016 Huntington Classic Regatta is well into it's planning stages for this year's race. A letter of intent has been signed with Powerboat Nationals to conduct the race in Huntington for the third consecutive year. The event website, www.huntingtonclassic.com has begun to be updated as events get solidified and the regatta has a new television commercial/promo video created by Jarred Romesburg at RMG Sports. You can watch the video on the event's homepage or watch it directly on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0nPq-lAANs&feature=youtu.be.
We'll begin posting Herd Racing's 2016 race schedule soon after the APBA convention. We will be competing in 4-6 select Formula 1 and SST-120 races but will not run for the points championship in any particular league. We'll pick and choose the races which best meet the marketing desires of our sponsors and are relatively close to us geographically so that the number of days on the road will be limited.
The 2016 season isn't far off. APR Superleague kicks off it's race season in just a couple weeks in Bradenton, FL. We are no where near ready to hit the water, but we wish those early birds who are off to Florida the best of luck!