The Hampton Cup Regatta has been run since 1926.
There were races before Hampton; however none have run
for as many consecutive years. This year’s event will
be August 10-11, 2013. Friday, August 9th, we will
again hold the Bash on the Beach at Paradise Ocean
Club on Fort Monroe featuring Tailgate Down.
How are the races sanctioned?
The American Powerboat Association. We are a part
of Region 4 of the APBA and our home host club is
the Hampton Cup Race Club.
Where was it first run?
The Hampton Cup Regatta began running in the
Hampton River between the Crowne Plaza Hampton
Marina Hotel and the mouth of the river.
What boats will you run this year?
Check out the classes
page for information about each of the classes.
What speeds will they run?
Top speeds for the classes range from 80 to 170
Tell me about the Hampton Cup Regatta
The Hampton Cup Regatta is put together by an all
volunteer organization. There are about 45 dedicated
volunteers who meet year round to put on the event,
as well as a huge number of race weekend volunteers,
security personnel and others that support the
event. We also receive a tremendous amount of
support from Fort Monroe, the City of Hampton, the
Hampton Department of Fire & Rescue, the Hampton
Police and the Nightingale helicopter.
What else is there to do besides watching
You can come visit the children’s area or one of
the many food vendors. In addition, you can meet the
drivers and pit crews, look at the boats up close
and really get a feel for what goes into keeping
these boats running by signing a waiver to enter the
Are there sponsorship opportunities available?
We appreciate our longtime sponsors, but there are
always new opportunities. If you are interested in a
sponsorship opportunity, please contact Hampton Cup
Where is the best place to watch the race?
The Mercury Boulevard bridge is the best place to
see the huge rooster tails up close.