You can watch the sport of powerboat racing in over 80 countries, but no waterway on the racing circuit matches the majestic backdrop and crowd size of Regatta spectators who number in the hundreds of thousands annually to watch.
It’s just that type of sport and crowd appreciation that makes Pittsburgh a favorite of race drivers everywhere and the perfect stage for one of the top races on the tour: the North American Championships.
Regatta and the city’s iconic river confluence will host the event for the fourth consecutive year crowning champions in F-2 and F-3 classifications. Many of Superleague’s top drivers will be here including last year’s runaway winner Terry Rinker, 2010 champ Mark Jacob and Florida’s Jeff Reno.
A field of 22 drivers/boats between both classes is expected headlined by the F-2 rockets that can climb from 0-100/mph in less than four seconds from a dead stop. More impressive—they’ll reach four-plus G’s in the course turns barely slowing down, with the potential to top out at speeds of 130/mph on the straightaways.
On the Allegheny River course—a choppy surface and, at times, dangerously deceptive undercurrents—often hold drivers to a 120/mph max. Racing begins Wednesday, July 3 with the F-3 time trials, qualifyers and championship, followed by the same F-2 sequence of action on July 4.
Turn-by-turn commentator extraordinnaire Mike Tilton, “live from the riverbank,” paints every race detail the moment propellers start to turn.
Two-days of heart-pumping, edge of your seat tunnelboat intensity... drivers, start your engines!