Race Information

The Ohio Governor’s Cup Regatta started in 1958. This event was a joint venture between the St. Mary’s Boat Club and The Celina Lions Club. Governor C. William O Neal presented the Governors Cup to the first winner. The two organizations worked together to produce this community event until 1970.

In 1995 Tom Saddler organized a group of volunteers and sponsors to restart the event. The original Governor’s Cup was presented by Ohio Governor C William O Neal.

The Original Governor’s Cup was located and restored to be used as the premier award in the current Governor’s Cup Regatta. The race continues to attract racers from across the United States and Canada. The spectator count continues to grow each year with crowds estimated to exceed 30,000 for the weekend. Our goal is to provide Free Family Fun and introduce everyone to our fine lake front community.

Read about Joe Allbee, the first Ohio Governor’s Cup Regatta winner.

Viewing Areas

(FREE) Viewing all along Lake Shore Drive and West Bank Road. Come early to get a good spot.

Course Map

Parking Areas

(FREE) Public parking

Food and Refreshments

Don’t miss out on all the great food. Food concessions will be set up all along Lake Shore Drive for your dinning. The only problem is trying to decide what to eat but the good news is that you can watch the races while you’re waiting.

Each morning a Pancake breakfast will be served.

A beer tent will be open from 12:00 noon until 11:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM Sunday.

How to watch a Race

From one of the officials, How to watch a race!


Racing is conducted on a certified one mile race course. The course is certified by the American Power Boat Association. Engineers are on site during the race to certify any new National Records.


1 litre Modified
Class letter to Y Max. Length 17’6″, Minimum Wt. 825 lbs.

Get creative! Anything goes on these highly modified 4-cylinder speed demons. Powered by pump gas or methanol to a top speed of 105 mph, the 1 Litre Modified offers great racing excitement.

1.5 litre Stock
Max. Length 17’6″, Minimum Wt. 825 lbs.

Popular, small and economical 1.5 Litre Stock hydroplanes can hit 95 mph. They are powered by 4-cylinder 1200-1500 cc Toyota engines and use ordinary pump gas.

2.5 litre Stock
Max. Length 17’6″, Minimum Wt. 1025 lbs.

The affordable 2.5 Litre Stock Class hydro can exceed 100 mph. Powered by 4-cylinder Ford Engines (2000cc or 2.3 litre) on pump gas, the 2.5 Litre affords very exciting side-by-side racing at an affordable cost.

2.5 litre Modified
Max. Length 17’6″

The 2.5 Litre Modified racer can hit speeds of over 125 mph-creatively. A few restrictions apply (for example engines must not exceed 166ci) However, these hydroplanes can use pump gas, methanol or aviation fuel, and engine alterations are limited only by the racers imagination. If you love exotic engines and extreme power, the 2.5 Litre Modified may be for you.

5 litre
Max. Length 21′, Minimum Wt. 1525 lbs.

Ford, Plymouth and Chevrolet stock V-8 engines power the 5 Litre Stock Hydroplanes to speeds of 115 mph. Offering racing excitement on a budget, the 5 Litres allow drivers to show off their racing skills at many race sites across the US.

National Modified
Minimum Wt. 1900 lbs.

Not a class for the timid, the National Modified hydroplane offers speeds of 140 mph to the serious competitor. Many engine combinations are possible-from 4-cylinder to 350ci V-8’s. The racer’s ingenuity and driving skill can give him the edge in this highly competitive class.

Grand National
Max. Length 26′, Minimum Wt. 2500 lbs.

The Grand Nationals are one of the biggest, fastest Inboard classes. Their incredible speeds (150 mph) and 70-foot roostertails make GNH races thrilling for drivers and fans alike. These 20+ foot boats are powered by big block Ford, Chevrolet, Pontiac, or Oldsmobile engines on pump gas.

Junior Classes

APBA Junior Classes racing is for kids! These small, light boats are a great way for kids to experience boat racing. A 9-year-old can start in Junior Hydroplane or Runabout (40 MPH). Build a kit boat in the garage, or buy a used boat; engines are available from APBA and propellers are free from your local club. AXS Hydroplanes and Runabouts (50 MPH) are for 12-year-olds and up. When a young racer hits 16, he or she can move on to one of the adult categories. Safety is a top priority, so Junior Classes are the ultimate family sport.


The APBA Vintage & Historic Division is a dedicated group of owners and fans, driving legends, premier restoration experts, and “old iron” engine builders who create a virtual “Floating Museum That Makes Noise”! You can trace America’s great boat racing heritage over the past 100 years and experience the sounds, the action, the personalities, and the gleaming hulls. These experiences come back to life when the APBA Vintage & Historic Racing Division turns back the hands of time. Visit www.vintagehydroplanes.com for more on these beautiful boats.