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Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta on Memorial Day Weekend, Not Late July This Year

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One of many boats in Great Marsh Park for the weekend's races. (Photo:WBOC) One of many boats in Great Marsh Park for the weekend's races. (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The boats were arriving Friday morning. Some were arriving at Great Marsh Park as early as 2 a.m.  They came from near, and some very far like upstate New York to race in Cambridge for the 106th annual Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta. 

"The quaintness of this area, it's so beautiful.  For people from outside the area it's a great place to visit," said Joe Sovie, a racer for Team Accellerant from Ogdensburg, New York.

Sovie will be racing on the Choptank River this weekend with his son.

"My father had me going to races when I was just a year old.  Now I'm bringing my son, he's ten years old and he's started racing.  It's more family oriented and it's almost like a family reunion every weekend when we go to races," said Sovie.

Race organizers predict having the race this weekend for a change will make for an even more exciting show.

"By the end of July, racing has been going on for over half of our season, and there are a lot of boats that have a little bit of damage and might not make it," said Tom Thompson, Commodore of the Cambridge Powerboat Regatta Association.  "Plus it's weekend after weekend after weekend, maybe they get tired of traveling.  The advantage of having it now, this is the second race of the season.  Last week it was in Florida, this weekend here.  So really it's the first race in the northeast."

That means all those racers have something to prove, and new boat modifications to test out.

"A lot of people want to do well this season," Thompson said. "The first race is the best test."

And the spectators have a lot to look forward to.

"I think they'll see some high caliber teams racing.  Some of our stuff is a little different because it's on water, not dirt or asphalt," said Sovie.

So if you want to see a boat tearing around a mile long circuit at 140 miles per hour, Cambridge is the place to be this weekend.

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