by Tom Chillemi
When the starting horn sounds for the fifth annual Urbanna Cup boat races on Saturday, May 20, there won’t be the explosion of a NASCAR race—but the competition will be every bit as intense.
Although these 8-foot boats are powered by 6- or 8-horsepower engines, the rules strive to keep them all equal. That’s the goal of the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association (CCWBRA)—to make the drivers’ skills the winning edge.
A skippers’ meeting will be held at 9 a.m.; races will begin at 10 a.m. and should conclude about 5 p.m. An awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. A Music Under the Stars concert featuring the bluegrass band JNM will start at 6:30 p.m.
All events will be held at the Urbanna Town Marina at the foot of Virginia Street.
Lunch will be served by the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department of Urbanna. Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and sit on the docks at the Urbanna Town Marina and watch all the action.
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