Urbanna Cup boat races add food, music & cruises
by Tom Chillemi
The 2nd Annual Urbanna Cup Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Races will be Saturday, May 17, on Urbanna Creek, with live music to follow.
A modified race course will bring action closer to spectators cheering on their favorites from the docks of the Urbanna Town Marina. Spectators can take the town trolley to the races. The trolley will run its regular route from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Racers of the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association are tuning their 8-foot-long race boats that are powered by six or eight horsepower engines. This fast-growing sport began in Lancaster County on the Corrotoman River just a few years ago.
On Saturday, the first race goes off at 9 a.m. and the last race begins at 4:30 p.m. The small and nimble 8-foot wooden boats race until from 9 until noon.
Then the larger Smith Island Crab Skiffs will race from noon until 1 p.m.
At 1:15 p.m. the small wooden boats are back on the water with the last race at 4:30 p.m.
The cocktail hour and awards follow at 5:30 p.m.
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.
After the boats are docked for the night, the Urbanna Cups will be awarded to the winners. Food vendors as well as a beer and wine tent will be onsite. Carytown Burgers and Fries, and Mosaic Restaurant, both of Richmond, and Crown Donuts will be serving their gourmet specialties all day until 8 p.m. Please note that no outside food or coolers will be allowed during the day and evening events.
The music begins at 7 p.m. with “Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys” kicking off Urbanna’s Music Under the Stars summer concert series.
“It’s going to be an exciting family event, with racing, food and music on the waterfront,” said an event spokesperson. “The course is shorter and moved slightly so the action will be closer to spectator areas.”
Admission to the races is free.
Find more on Facebook at Urbanna Creek Cocktail Class Racing Association, or call Emily Davies at (804) 415-7253.