Urbanna Cup postponed until June 18
As it was going to press on Wednesday, May 18, the Southside Sentinel was informed by event official Chris Riddick that due to pending bad weather, the Urbanna Cup boat races originally scheduled for this Saturday, May 21, have been re-scheduled to Saturday, June 18.
by Tom Chillemi
When the start horn sounds for the 4th annual Urbanna Cup boat races on Saturday, June 18, there won’t be the explosion of a NASCAR race—but the competition will be every bit as intense.
Although these 8-foot boats are powered by 6 or 8 horsepower engines, the rules strive to keep them all equal. That’s the goal of the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association (CCWBRA)—to make the drivers’ skill the winning edge.
A meeting of the skippers and boat inspections will begin at 9 a.m.; races will begin about 10 a.m. and should conclude about 5 p.m; an awards ceremony will follow until about 6 p.m.; and a Music Under the Stars concert featuring the bluegrass band “Nu Fescue” will start at 7 p.m. All events are at the Urbanna Town Marina at the foot of Virginia Street.
In 2013 the Urbanna Creek Cocktail Class (UCCC) fleet formed and the first Urbanna Cup was held. It now has 10 boats with over a dozen local racers participating, including “Bulleit.”
Chris Riddick was among those who helped found the UCCC in 2013. “Captain” Riddick was the first to build a boat, and soon a group of more than six got together in a vacant Urbanna business to saw, sand and scheme a way to make their boats faster.
In 2014 Riddick went on to be the national champion in the 8-horsepower class, and won the Governor’s Cup in Florida.
He’s the defending Urbanna Cup champion in the 8-horsepower class.
Will Riddick repeat? Don’t bet the farm just quite yet. As of Tuesday, May 17, he still had to repair the engine’s water pump on his boat “Urbanna Oyster Shooter (#73). But, he was confident he’d be on the water on June 18.
The flat-out run gives the boats momentum. They must run the turns cleanly, not turning too sharply or the propeller will stop driving and the boat will lose momentum.
For safety reasons, race heats and the race finals are limited to six boats. Each of the three heat races in each class is one lap in distance. The top two finishers from each heat race advance to the finals. The finals in each class also consist of three one-lap races.
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a day of competition, food, fun and music.