Monday, September 03, 2012

Powerboat Racing On The CT River

When you live in a state like Connecticut, it's not everyday that a national powerboat title race comes to your own backyard...

Hartford powerboat racing

Sure, there is a rich maritime tradition associated with Connecticut - we've got the Coast Guard Academy, Mystic Seaport, the Sub Base, and countless other landmarks, and we were one of only a handful of states to host OpSail this summer.

But those are all along the CT shoreline on Long Island Sound. Once you cruise up the Connecticut River, you seem to see less and less reminders of this state's nautical heritage, and it only gets worse as you approach the state's capital, which ironically boasts the home of  Mark Twain who is so well known for stories about a different river. We'd love to see Hartford and other towns along the CT River embrace their connection to the water, and it looks like they are trying based on the event that went on this Labor Day weekend in the capital of the Nutmeg State.

This weekend, our friends from Northeast Boater checked out the Riverfront US Title Series Power Boat Race, with boats racing as fast as 100 to 120 mph. The beautiful weather and free parking and admission brought out the crowds which were gathered along the shoreline of the Connecticut River at Great River Park in East Hartford. Visit Northeast Boater for video and pictures from this exciting event, and let's hope for more stuff like this in Connecticut in the near future.

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