Edited from a Press Release

CHICAGO - For the second consecutive year, the Huntington Classic Regatta's powerboat racing events scheduled for July 22-24 at Harris Riverfront Park will crown North America's best.

The American Power Boat Association, (APBA), sanctioning body for all boat racing in the U.S., has named Huntington as host of the sport's 2016 North American Championship, the highest designation granted by the group.

"Spending quality time at the Huntington Classic Regatta and enjoying the thrills of power boat racing at Harris Riverfront Park is a summertime tradition for so many Huntington residents," Mayor Steve Williams said. "It is an honor that we have been selected as the host city of the American Power Boat Association's 2016 North American Championship. Our Regatta along the mighty Ohio River has gained the reputation as a premiere venue for the sport, and there is no question that will continue in 2016."

The North American Championship had been hosted until 2015 as part of the Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburgh. Last summer, Huntington was granted hosting rights to the event and again was voted to receive the race title designation during the APBA's annual meetings last month in Chicago.

"Our race has earned a great reputation with the teams as being a place they want to come to," said Huntington Classic Regatta Chairman Dan Ferguson. "We have grown our race and regatta every year since we were able to bring racing back to Huntington in 2011, and the commitment that the city, park board and visitor's bureau has made to this event was made very evidwent during our presentation in Chicago."

"The National Championship and the North American Championship are the two big ones in boat racing," Ferguson said. "For Huntington to have the highest championship designation that APBA offers is quite an accomplishment and will bring racers from throughout the U.S. and Canada to our regatta this summer."

The only title higher in boat racing is the World Championship designation which is not available in either of the classes of boats which participate in Huntington due to those classes not being recognized in all participating countries. The 2016 National Championship races have been granted to Shreveport, Louisiana, and will take place on the Red River on Labor Day Weekend.

SST-60 and SST-120 outboard tunnel boats will take part in the races at Huntington. SST-60s boast a 100HP outboard engine producing speeds up to 80 miles per hour. SST-120s are powered by V-6 outboard engines producing more than 200HP and top speeds nearing 115 miles per hour. Both classes will race on a 3/4-mile oval course on the Ohio River at Harris Riverfront Park.

The Huntington Classic Regatta races will be filmed by Romesburg Media Group of Somerset, PA, and televised to more than 17 million households through Fox Sports regional television network Fox Sports SouthEast. The races will be conducted by Powerboat Nationals of Alexandria, OH, which will provide APBA qualified inspectors, safety officials, race managers, and rescue crews for the event.

"We are honored to be able to bring Powerboat Nationals racing back to Huntington in 2016," said Powerboat Nationals Race Director Dan Bunting. "Our experiences in Huntington have been wonderful and we look forward to continuing a very successful relationship with the Huntington Classic Regatta for many years to come."

More information is available by calling Huntington Classic Regatta Chairman Dan Ferguson at 304-544-9191 or visiting the event website at www.huntingtonclassic.com.