Boat rac­ing, beer fes­ti­val high­light week­end events

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

— The city of Cam­bridge will be the des­ti­na­tion for two big week­end events be­gin­ning Satur­day, May 13, when the city hosts the 107th Cam­bridge Clas­sic Power Boat Re­gatta and the Cam­bridge Beer Fes­ti­val.

The Cam­bridge Beer Fes­ti­val will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. in the 300-block of High Street Satur­day, May 13. Beer from lo­cal brew­eries like Cam­bridge’s own RAR Brew­ing, Evo­lu­tion Craft Brew­ing Com­pany, Bur­ley Oak Brew­ing Com­pany, Tall Tales Brew­ery, Dog­fish Head Beer, Still­wa­ter Ar­ti­sanal and many more will be avail­able. Tick­ets are $25 at the en­trances of the 300-block High Street, which gives at­ten­dees a tast­ing glass for un­lim­ited tast­ing.

Food from The High Spot, Stoked — Wood Fired Eatery and Rock Lab­stah will be avail­able. The bands Black­wa­ter and Ray Hol­i­day March­man will be per­form­ing.

The event ben­e­fits Cam­bridge Main Street, and is hosted by The High Spot.

Down on the Chop­tank River, 107th Cam­bridge Clas­sic Power Boat Re­gatta, the old­est power­boat race in the United States, will be held May 13-14.

The races will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day, May 13, and Sun­day, May 14. The Hy­droplane Rac­ing League classes are sched­uled to run first each day, fol­lowed by the Amer­i­can Power Boat As­so­ci­a­tion classes. The event is or­ga­nized by the Cam­bridge Power Boat Re­gatta As­so­ci­a­tion.

The races will be held on Ham­brooks Bay, off the Chop­tank River in Cam­bridge. Watch the ac­tion from Great Marsh Park, 1 Som­er­set Ave. Spec­ta­tors also can watch the Cam­bridge Clas­sic from the wa­ter.

For the first time, the world-class event will bring boats from the Canada-based Hy­droplane Rac­ing League, in ad­di­tion to boats from the Amer­i­can Power Boat As­so­ci­a­tion. Up to 90 boats will be rac­ing in six classes — Grand Prix Hy­droplanes, H350 Hy­droplanes, Formula 2500 Hy­droplanes, 2.5 Liter Hy­droplanes, 1 Liter Hy­droplanes and Jer­sey Speed Sk­iffs

The fleet ranges from the clas­sic Jer­sey speed sk­iffs turn­ing on their sides and go­ing air­borne at 70 mile per hour to the 1,500-horse­power grand prix boats that reach speeds of 170 miles per hour. Ad­mis­sion is free with a$5 a day charge for in/ out park­ing. Food and drink will be avail­able.

A bonus for the 2017 event, dur­ing the races, Cam­bridge mi­cro­brew­ery RAR Brew­ing will be re­leas­ing a beer spe­cially brewed for the event — the Cam­bridge Clas­sic Rooster Tail Ale.

The fleet will raft at Rooster Point. A no-wake zone will be es­tab­lished from How­ell Point to the Chop­tank River Bridge. A bonus for boaters is both the Cam­bridge Mu­nic­i­pal Yacht Basin and the Cam­bridge Yacht Club are of­fer­ing free tran­sient slip rental on Friday and Satur­day nights on race week­end, and on ever y week­end in the month of May. Con­tact the Mu­nic­i­pal Yacht Basin at 410-228-4031 and the Cam­bridge Yacht Club at 410-228-2141.

Fans of all ages can wan­der in the pit area. In the cold pit area, fans of all ages can view the boats and meet the rac­ers. Kids might even have the op­por­tu­nity to sit in the cock­pit of a race boat.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Cam­bridge Clas­sic and events around Dorch­ester County, visit the Dorch­ester County Tourism web­site www.vis­it­dorch­ester.org.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Power­boats race in Ham­brooks Bay on the Chop­tank River near Great Marsh Park dur­ing the 2015 Cam­bridge Clas­sic Power­boat Re­gatta.

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