WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2105 - The 2015 race season is just winding down for many in powerboat racing when the talk of 2016 is already popping up here and there.
It was reported in the Pittsburgh media this week that the long running powerboat races there - which were cancelled in 2015 due to high water - may move back to August in an effort to get better racing conditions. The race has had to share the river with troublesome debris in the water during it's July 4th run for the past few years, but the races haven't been forced to cancel in recent years until the 2015 event.
Here is a link to the story and radio interview with the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta chairman which was in the Pittsburgh media earlier this week. Click link to read and listen: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/10/27/officials-considering-moving-regatta-back-to-august-in-2016/.
There are rumors that the Portsmouth Challenge, which was absent from the race schedule in 2015, will reappear in 2016 in or near it's historic early August time slot.
USF1 is reportedly working on new 2016 race events in Laughlin, NV as well as Whiting, IN. APR Superleague is likely to have returning races in 2016 in Bradenton, FL, Marietta, OH, Knoxville, TN and New Martinsville, WV.
I have heard that Powerboat Nationals will be back in Rising Sun, IN next summer and I can confirm that tunnel boat racing will be back in Huntington, WV in late July 2016.
Throw in LaPorte, IN, Bay City, MI, Valleyfield, QC, Seattle, WA, club races here and there, as well as races conducted by the up and coming SST-200 group in Trenton, MI, Detroit, MI and possibly other markets, and there appears to be no shortage of places to race for F1 and F2 tunnel boats in the U.S. next summer.
But, before we get to 2016, Fox SportSouth still has some more 2015 racing to showcase to millions of cable subscribers throughout the southeast U.S. The Huntington Classic Regatta is slated for two more re-airs at 8 p.m. on October 30 and 1:30 a.m. on November 3. SportSouth has already aired the Huntington Classic Regatta seven times in September and October.