HAMPTON — The Hampton Cup Regatta, the oldest continuously running hydroplane race in America, returns to Mill Creek for its 93rd running on Sept. 29-30.
There will be upwards of 25,000 spectators attending the event for a weekend of on-the-water thrills, chills and racing excitement, according to a news release.
There will be up to 80 hydroplanes, flat bottoms and jersey speed skiffs from the United States and Canada that are expected to compete during the event.
This year, the Hampton Cup Regatta is hosting the American Powerboat Association’s Summer Nationals and welcomes some of the fastest watercraft in the world.
With boats as long as 24 feet, and some reaching speeds of 150 mph, these vessels often set both national and world records, according to the news release.
In 2018, Hampton hosts up to 14 classes of the fastest hydroplanes in North America.
On Saturday and Sunday, racing starts at approximately 11 a.m. (bridge opens at approximately 10 a.m.) and ends by 5 p.m. in Mill Creek, located at the entrance of Fort Monroe from the East Mercury Boulevard Bridge.
There will be a kickoff event at Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, 81 Patch Road on Fort Monroe the evening of Sept. 28.
Music by The Jason Cale Band begins at 7 p.m. Food trucks will also be on site, including Flame and Pie.
Music by Brackish Water Jamboree (Sept. 29) and Zen Mojo (Sept. 30) will entertain in the main spectator area of the Mercury Noulevard Bridge between race heats (1 p.m. – 4 p.m. each day).
There will be food trucks including Kona Ice, Papa John’s Pizza and Super Steve’s Snacks.
Souvenir programs, annual limited edition t-shirts, as well as other collectibles, will be on sale.
This year, the children’s area will feature games and activities hosted by Calvary Assembly of God and the Fort Monroe YMCA, among others.
Pirates from Blackbeard’s Crew will be returning to pillage and educate. There will also be ATM machines on the bridge for the duration of the weekend.
Lawn chairs are highly encouraged as bleacher seating is extremely limited.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring pop-up tents or umbrellas for shade, however owners are responsible for securing them and are encouraged to share as needed.
Outside food and beverages, coolers, pets (other than service animals), bikes, skates, hoverboards and skateboards are not permitted.
Special allowances are made for infants and those with special needs. All bags are subject to search.
For information on the 93rd annual Hampton Cup Regatta, click here or call 757-727-8311.