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Huntington Classic exceeded all expectations . . .
Huntington Classic exceeded all expectations . . .

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 - The Huntington Classic Regatta, which concluded this past weekend, was an event that was teetering on the edge of change.  After being resurrected in 2011 after several years of no racing in Huntington, the race committee was worried that 2014 might be the last for a while.  After falling boat counts the past couple of years, bad weather in 2013, and the change of race promoters, we were honestly worried about what the 2014 regatta would produce.

Happily, I can report that all expectations were exceeded.  Our fan attendance was great, our added carnival and concerts were great, and our race promotor, Powerboat Nationals, was awesome. Our decision to let the SST-120 class have the race they have been wanting brought out the boats like we hoped it would.  The professionalism of the league staff from top to bottom was refreshing and the bringing together of fresh faces to a sport that needs a boost helped make the weekend one to build on for 2015.  The Huntington Classic is healthy again and looking forward to 2015 and another great racing weekend.

Seeing 19 boats on the water and seeing the traditional SST-120 and SST-60 classes together was fun.  Having nearly a dozen SST-120 boats power off the line together was something I hadn't personally seen in a few years.  There were still a few drivers missing who we hope to attract to Huntington next year in hopes of getting back to the 15-boat SST-120 fields again.  The old saying of "if you build it they will come" must be true.  Marietta and Huntington, along with Portsmouth and Rising Sun, have bucked the trend and closed their Formula 2 races to SST-120 boats only.  The effort is apparently paying off as both Marietta and Huntington have shown more SST-120 boats together than most other venues have been able to draw by combining two and even three classes of boats.  The 120 guys wanted their own thing again, and I am happy that the promoters and race committees have answered the call in these four cities.  Nothing against the SST-200s and the F1Sport classes.  There are enough leagues out there for all of us to compete and have a great time racing against even competition.

Huntington was in a position that changes had to be made to save the historic race site.  Thankfully, those changes worked out wonderfully and a strong field of boats helped a new racing league debut it's program on a grand scale.

Watch the results for yourself August 30 at 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio as RMG's HydroZone features the 2014 Huntington Classic Regatta!  If you played any role in the success of the Huntington Classic this year I applaud you!  Thank you for your efforts and we hope to see you again in 2015!

Dana Tomes

Bay City worth a return trip . . .
Bay City worth a return trip . . .

MONDAY, July 07, 2014 - Preparations have turned toward the first of four Ohio River races, namely the Marietta Riverfront Roar.  As usual, our real preparations will likely not happen until the last minute, but there is a engine to change, trim cable to fix, decals to apply and the like.  Procrastination and a mother of a workload at the office usually results in one thing I can count on more and more regularly.  You guessed it, poor performance it is!

Anyway, we'll do what we can to get the boat together before heading 100 miles up the Ohio River to the city of Marietta on Friday morning for the beloved Marietta Riverfront Roar.  We'll be carrying the Capital City Chrome and Customs colors this weekend, if chrome is considered a color.

Our SST-120 boat will be on display in downtown Marietta from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.  Racing is slated for all day Saturday and Sunday.  Come join us if you are in the area and have yourself a guarateed good time.

Speaking of good times, our first trip to the Bay City River Roar a couple weeks ago wasn't much to speak of in the performance department, but I couldn't have asked for a nicer event.  The hospitality shown by the local committee, the professionalism shown by the race promotors, and the sponsorship relationships provided by the local sponsors was more than I could have asked for.  It was a change of pace for me to show up and have two local sponsors waiting to get on our boat.  I appreciate very much The Thumb Print and Culinary Products Inc. for their support.  I hope if they choose to support our team in the future we can provide them with quite a bit more results on the water.

I look forward to a return trip Central Michigan next summer!

Dana Tomes

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