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2nd Urbanna Cup Boat Races adds activities

Set for May 17 at town marina

Racers get low to reduce drag and look for any advantage in a Cocktail Class Wooden Boat race last year. This year’s races are set for Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m.-5:30p.m. at the Urbanna Town Marina on Urbanna Creek. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

The 2nd Annual Urbanna Cup Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Races will be Saturday, May 17, on Urbanna Creek.

A modified race course will bring the action closer to spectators on the docks of the Urbanna Town Marina.

Racers are making final changes to their 8-foot-long race boats that are powered by six or eight horsepower engines.

Racers will begin to descend on the Town of Urbanna on Friday, May 16, where they will settle in their boats and test them out on the creek in preparation for Saturday’s races. 

The engines will be revving before 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 17.

This year there also will be live video feeds to a large TV at the Urbanna Town Marina so spectators won’t miss a single minute of the action.

As last year, spectator boaters are welcome to anchor outside of the race area for a great view. Urbanna Cruises will be offering water taxi services to ferry spectators from their boats to the shore as well as one-hour boat tours the day of the race. Contact Urbanna Cruises directly to schedule your creek tour at or (804) 366-1778.

Races will run from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with Smith Island Crab Skiff Races from noon-1 p.m. After the boats are docked for the night, the Urbanna Cups will be awarded to the winners.

The music begins with “Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys” kicking off Urbanna’s Music Under the Stars summer concert series following the races at the marina. There will be food vendors onsite as well as a beer and wine tent. Please note that no outside food or coolers will be allowed during the event.

“Area businesses are all set for the excitement and prepared for the crowds! This year is shaping up to be more exciting than last year’s race debut. The course is shorter and moved slightly so the action will be closer to spectator areas,” said an event spokesperson. “Make plans now to see this new and fast-growing type of boat racing that promises to be faster and even more intense this year.”

Find more at and, Facebook at Urbanna Creek Cocktail Class Racing Association, or call Emily Davies at (804) 415-7253.

posted 05.07.2014

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