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Happy Thanksgiving . . .
Happy Thanksgiving . . .

WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2015 - Well tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Let me be the first to wish you and your family a very happy one.  Thanksgiving is the holiday that always seems to derail my weight loss intentions which I strive for each off-season and usually end up abandoning sometime in early March when I convince myself it is too late to make any kind of difference before the upcoming season.  We'll see if I'm able to get back on the wagon after a couple days in the kitchen or if my annual rendition mirrors those of years past.

After a few days of feasting I'll be spending a few days in the race shop getting things buttoned up for the winter.  Changing a powerhead, putting the battery tenders on for the winter months and winterizing the trailer is on tap for Saturday.  We're pretty well set for winter.  Our 2016 calendars arrived this week so we'll spend a few days next week getting those shipped out to our supporters, sponsors, and friends.

If boat racing is starting to fade from your memory, there are still three more airings of the 2015 Huntington Classic Regatta planned on Fox Sports Southeast.  The 30-minute telecast, produced by RMG Sports, will air again at 12:30 p.m. on December 6, 11 a.m. on December 10 and 2 a.m. on December 11.  While the time slots aren't prime time by any stretch, any re-airs at no cost can do nothing but good for reinforcing the message that the Huntington Classic is a good investment for local and regional sponsors as we continue to fund raise for next season's events.

Speaking of 2016, planning for next season is on the top of the list for most teams this time of year.  APR Superleague this week announced plans for it's season opener in Bradenton, Fla. planned for early February, while it is in the news that one of the most popular races in the north may not come to fruition in 2016.  

A few drivers have been posting to social media today that the Bay City River Roar, which usually amasses an annual profit every year, is in financial trouble and next year's event may be cancelled as the result.  Here is a local media story from the area which talks about the shortfall:  The event's board of directors issued a press release which sounds pretty dire for the event's future: I hope things come together for the Bay City event.  It has become one of my favorites, and in my opinion is one of the best organized events we visit.

Dana Tomes

Herd 2016 calendar on the way . . .
Herd 2016 calendar on the way . . .

SATURDAY, November 07, 2015 - Herd Racing's 2016 wall calendar has been uploaded to our website and is ready for download if you want to print your own copy at home.  You can view and print the calendar by clicking on our 2016 calendar icon on the bottom of our home page, or if you're too lazy to search it out you can simply click here:

If you would rather have a professionally printed and bound copy mailed to your doorstep you can follow the instructions on the order page, by again, clicking the link above.  We'll do our best to have them all shipped before the end of November, but please be patient as we have historically had to package, label and ship upwards of 300 copies annually.

We will be working in the shop this coming week to get our stuff winterized for the long northern winter we usually face.  The trailer needs to have all of the holding tanks and plumbing lines winterized and we will go through our boats to make sure everything is ready to put under cover for the winter.  Both our F1 and SST-120 boats are pretty much set up for 2016, but both will need a little work to be ready.  The F1 boat will be going to Book Brothers Marine later this fall to have the fuel injection system gone through again after our meltdown at Bay City this past summer.  Our SST-120 just needs the powerhead and seatbelts changed and it will be ready for 2016.

Speaking of 2016, USF1 has updated our team profile on their website.  You can view our team profile online at  We don't anticipate many changes for our F1 program as we will maintain the same primary sponsor and crew as we had in 2015.  Our SST-120 sponsorship will change for 2016 but the paint schemes of both boats and uniforms are expected to look the same as our 2015 versions.

Dana Tomes

Time to start thinking about 2016 . . .
Time to start thinking about 2016 . . .

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:

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.

Dana Tomes

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