‘Cocktail’ boat races coming to Urbanna
Set for May 18 on Urbanna Creek
by Tom Chillemi
Boat racing will return to Urbanna Creek on May 18 when Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association boats vie for The Urbanna Cup.
These sleek boats measure about 8 feet in length and weigh between 75 and 95 pounds. There are two engine classes, 6 or 8 horsepower, with a top speed of about 18 and 26 miles per hour, respectively.
Weight is added to boats with lighter drivers so the boats weigh the same to keep them competitive. The boats travel around markers in 2-lap heat races that last about 2 minutes each. The top finishers transfer to the final championship round.
Cocktail Class is inexpensive low-speed club racing where driver skills and boat set-up are more important than horsepower. Drivers kneel in the boat and lean toward the bow to keep the boat planing efficiently.
Lawrence Fuccella of Urbanna, regatta organizer, told the Urbanna Town Council on Monday he expects between 30-50 boats for the races that will be staged at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point. Racers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina and Georgia are expected, he said. “We are going to bring together a group of like-minded people with a love of the water and small communities.”
Fuccella said the U.S. Coast Guard has approved the race venue, which will be just off the town marina. Flotilla 62 of Deltaville will send three boats to assist in the on-water event organization.
A master plan will be presented to the town council and a public hearing could be held at council’s April 15 meeting.
Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.