The fifth race of the 2023 ERCU Pentair Championship Series is the Detroit Memorial Regatta, set for Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview. Here is all you need to know to be prepared for the fifth event of the year.
Lake Sacajawea Park
1801 Nichols Blvd.
Longview, WA 98632
Nelson Holmberg & Rick Evans
This was a new race in 2021, established to memorialize and celebrate ERCU members who have passed away over the years. Many thanks to Brad Lewis and David Newton for not only dreaming to create such an auspicious event, but also for their work in putting it all together. It will most certainly be a very special event, so mark your calendars now, and plan to attend.
In real life, the Detroit River Racing Association, which later became the Windmill Pointe Yacht Club, presented the Detroit Memorial Regatta in either late-June or early-July. It was one of two unlimited hydroplane races on the Detroit River each year for the first 15 years. The other race was the Silver Cup, hosted by the Detroit Yacht Club.
As a club, we'll be acknowledging three members during an extended drivers' meeting, which is to start at 9:15 a.m. There will be lots of additional action both on and off the racecourse throughout the day. Stay tuned for more details.
What to Expect
(All times approximate, and subject to change)
Pre-registration for the Detroit Memorial Regatta is now open. To find the pre-registration form, navigate your web browser to https://www.ercu-hydros.com/detroit-memorial-regatta.html, where you will find the pre-registration link in a blue box just under the race site map. Pre-registration will close at 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 2. After that deadline, please register in person on site before 8:30 a.m.
You can also find pre-registration by going to www.ercu-hydros.com, then selecting “Schedule” from the main menu, and “Detroit Memorial Regatta” from the schedule itself.
It is our intent to have the course open by 8 a.m., so that testing can commence once boats are registered for the event. Boat owners should prepare to have time so that they can get inspections that are needed and be ready to race.
The water will be open for testing until approximately 9 a.m. A mandatory driver’s meeting will start no less than five minutes after the water closes. Drivers who do not attend the meeting will not be allowed to participate in the first round of heats. 1/10-scale modern heat 1A will begin no less than 10 minutes after the conclusion of the drivers meeting.
The drivers meeting is mandatory for ALL divisions and all classes and will begin at the scorer’s table within five minutes of the closing of the testing period. Drivers who do not attend the drivers meeting will be scratched from the first heat regardless of whether they are pre-registered and pre-paid. Drivers arriving after the drivers meeting will not be added to the event until the draw for the second flight of heats.
Detroit Memorial Regatta Defending Champions
In 2023, all boats are to be inspected – including new or dramatically changed/repaired boats which will be inspected before the first race they run at. We ask that you print out the 2023 Hull Inspection Form, found on the Resources tab of the club website and complete the member information at the top of page one prior to arriving at the race site. Please also remember to bring a photo of the real boat (a photo on your phone or tablet is acceptable) that your boat models. If there are not two or more inspectors at a race, new boats and significantly altered boats will be given a waiver for the inspection until the next event where two or more inspectors are present.
Post-Race Cleanup and Awards Presentation
Club equipment cleanup and re-packing the trailer will take priority once the race is over. Once the trailer is re-packed, awards will be presented. Awards will be given to the first, second and third place finishers, first connie and Triple Crown winners. All members have a responsibility to help with set up and breakdown of club equipment. As a courtesy to your fellow racers, please stick around for the awards presentation whether you’ve won one or not.
The forecast for the Presidents Cup is sunny skies and 77 degrees with a 10 mph breeze out of the northwest and a 5 percent chance of rain.
A portable toilet from American SaniCan will be provided by the club in the pit area.
There is no access to electricity in the pits. It would be wise to bring a generator or other power source to charge your batteries if you need to charge during the day.