BOAT RACING | Regatta Grand Prix Coming To Louisville

07/06/2017 02:05 PM

The city of Louisville officially announced on Thursday that it will host a world-class powerboat race in mid-August.

The Inaugural Louisville Regatta Grand Prix will take place August 18 through August 20 on the Ohio River near Waterfront Park.

“Waterfront Park is a national destination because of its beauty, amenities, and big events like music festivals, WorldFest, Hike, Bike & Paddle – and now the Louisville Regatta Grand Prix,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Louisville is ready to see the Louisville Regatta Grand Prix and to welcome competitors and spectators to our Waterfront, and to check out our many downtown attractions.”

In addition to the boat racing, there will also be “a beach party, BBQ challenge and waterfront music festival.”

“We are extremely excited to see this level of powerboat racing taking place in Louisville,” said Louisville Sports Commission President and CEO Karl Schmitt, Jr. “We believe this event will draw a significant amount of national attention to our community and continue to brand this region as a great destination for a wide-range of sports.”

The Louisville GP will be the third stop on the IOGP F1 ChampBoat calendar. It will also be the IOGP X-Boat Series’ first event.

Boat racing driver Chris Fairchild was at Thursday’s announcement and talk about how fast his boats go:

Andrew Chernoff

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