The 13th Annual Raceboat Regatta sped off at Heritage Port on Saturday.
Several of the Vintage hydroplane raceboats could reach up to 120 miles per hour and had racers from all ages behind the wheel.
All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center and over the 12 year history it has donated over $70,000 to the center.
Many people like David Sterling have been coming to the event for the past four years, and he said he looks forward to it each and every year.
Wheeling Resident, David Sterling said, “I like it all. I come here and enjoy myself, brought the kids. Every year I look forward to it, coming here enjoying the raceboats like I said.”
Debbie Joseph said what makes this event so cool is that with the help of sponsors they are able to bring a world class event to Wheeling and have the proceeds benefit the Easter Seals at the end.
Raceboat Regatta Co-Director, Debbie Joseph said, “Really for a lot of the boats it’s a family affair. There’s a lot of people that drive the boat, the same boat. It’s a fun fun sport and a great family. We talk about the Vintage and Restoric family, great group of people.”
Donnie McLean came all the way from New Hampshire to participate in the Race Boat Regatta and said that even though he loves driving, it’s not as easy at it looks from the dockside but no matter what a bad day on the lake is still a good day.
Driver and Riding Mechanic Raceboat Regatta, Donnie McLean said, “There’s not a better way to enjoy the out doors then to come down to the waterfront and see boats preform the way that they did decades ago and still do today and enjoy it. So it’s an event that allows people today to experience what boat racers have for many decades.”
If you missed out on the boats on Saturday don’t worry because the event continues on Sunday with opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. and more racing throughout the afternoon.