Will mother nature cooperate for the 2016 H1 season opener at Madison Indiana this weekend

“Veteran H1 fans know that the Madison regatta has a long rich history which sadly includes several rounds of knock down drag out fights with Mother Nature and her swollen river at the Madison site. That said the Midwest is currently forecasting thunder storms in and around the long holiday weekend which may impact Sundays racing. So far things look great for Friday and Saturday. Its not until Sunday afternoon when things might get a little tricky”


Weekend weather outlook as of Friday June 29 2016


Race Schedule


Race Schedule is also available in the Regatta Program Click Here to purchase a program

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

*Times subject to change

FRIDAY, JULY 1st

08:00am River Closes / Race Course Setup / Finalize Pit and Course Setup

08:30am — 9:30am Safety & Rescue meeting / Divers walk-thru

9:30am — 10:00am Drivers Meeting

10:00am — 4:00pm Comfort Inn Pit Tour

10:00am –10:30am Opening Ceremonies

10:30am — 11:00am Open

11:00am –11:30am Grand National Hydroplane Testing Only

11:30am — 12:00pm National Modified Hydroplane Testing Only

12:00pm — 1:00pm River Opens

1:00pm River Closes

1:00pm — 3:30pm Unlimited Hydroplane Testing Only

3:30pm — 4:30pm “Pole Position” Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifications

4:30pm — 4:45pm Steinhardt Family Fastest Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifier Award

4:45pm River Opens

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5:00pm — 12:00am Music on the River, co-sponsored by Arvin Sango, Big O Tires, Riverboat Inn, & Northside Liquors at Fireman’s Park on the Riverfront (See Event Schedule for list of bands)

7:00pm Madison Regatta Parade on Main St.

*Note for Friday, July 3rd: Daytime access to the Madison Regatta is a Regatta admission wristband. For Friday’s Music on the River event: Friday’s special $5.00 vintage button sold at the gates or a Regatta admission wristband is required.

SATURDAY, JULY 2nd

7:00am River Closes / Race Course Setup / Finalize Course Setup

9:00am — 9:30am Driver Physicals

9:30am –10:00am Driver’s Meeting

9:00am — 4:00pm Comfort Inn Pit Tours

10:00am –10:30am Opening Ceremonies featuring tribute to Vietnam Veterans

10:30am –10:50am Grand National Saturday Qualification Heat #1

10:50am –11:10am National Modified Saturday Qualification Heat #2

11:10am –11:30am Grote Industries Air Show w/Aerobatic Pilot Cliff Robinson

11:30am –12:30pm Unlimited Hydroplane Testing Only

12:30pm — 1:15pm VFW Post #1969 Driver’s Autograph Session

1:15pm — 1:35pm National Modified Saturday Qualification Heat #3

1:35pm — 1:55pm Grand National Saturday Qualification Heat #4

1:55pm — 2:20pm Clifty Engineering & Tool Co. Unlimited Heat 1A

2:20pm — 2:40pm National Modified Hydroplane Saturday Final

2:40pm — 3:00pm Grand National Hydroplane Saturday Final

3:00pm — 3:25pm Morgan Foods Unlimited Heat 1B

3:30pm — 4:00pm Awards Ceremony at Judge’s Stand for Unlimited

Heat Winners

4:00pm — 5:00pm Unlimited Hydroplane Testing Only

5:00pm River Opens

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5:00pm — 12:00am Music on the River, co-sponsored by Arvin Sango, Big O Tires, Northside Liquors, & Riverboat Inn at Fireman’s Park on the Riverfront (See Event Schedule for list of bands)

7:30pm River Closes for Air Show & Fireworks

7:45pm Grote Industries Twilight Air Show featuring Cliff Robinson

Approx 10:00pm Fireworks Spectacular, Co-Sponsored by American Legion Post #9, the City of Madison Indiana & Jefferson County Board of Tourism

*Note for Saturday, July 2nd: Daytime access to the Madison Regatta is a Regatta admission wristband. Saturday night’s Music on the River event (after Heat 1C has concluded), Twilight Air Show and Fireworks are free to enjoy.

**River Opens Following Conclusion of Fireworks Display

SUNDAY, JULY 3rd

7:00am River Closes / Race Course Setup / Finalize Setup

8:00am — 8:30am Drivers Physical

8:30am — 9:00am Drivers Meeting

8:30am — 9:30am Safety & Rescue Meeting / Divers walk-thru

9:00am — 9:30am Chapel Services

9:45am — 10:45am Unlimited Hydroplane Testing Only

10:45am — 11:00am Opening Ceremonies

11:00am — 11:20am Grote Industries Air Show w/Aerobatic Pilot Cliff Robinson

11:20am — 11:40am National Modified Sunday Qualification Heat #1

11:40am — 12:00pm Grand National Sunday Qualification Heat #2

12:00pm — 12:45pm VFW Post # 1969 Sunday Driver’s Autograph Session

12:45pm — 1:05pm National Modified Sunday Qualification Heat #3

1:05pm — 1:25pm Grand National Sunday Qualification Heat #4

1:25pm — 1:50pm Belterra Casino & Resort Unlimited Heat 2A

1:50pm — 2:10pm National Modified Sunday Final

2:10pm — 2:30pm Grand National Sunday Final

2:30pm — 2:55pm Budweiser Unlimited Heat 2B

2:55pm — 3:30pm Super Shine Grand National & National Modified Hydro Shootout

(Both classes on the course)

3:30pm — 3:55pm Veteran’s Memorial Unlimited Heat 3A

3:55pm — 4:20pm Fred Farley & Merel Horton Memorial Unlimited Heat 3B

(Both classes on the course)

4:20pm — 4:35pm Awards Ceremony at Judge’s Stand for Heat Winners

4:35pm — 5:00pm Grote Industries Air Show w/Aerobatic Pilot Cliff Robinson

5:00pm MainSource Bank Indiana Governor’s Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Final

5:30pm River Opens

5:30pm Indiana Governor’s Cup Awards Presentation at the Judge’s Stand

*Note for Sunday, July 3rd: Daytime access to the Madison Regatta is a Regatta admission wristband.

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