The 68th Newberg Memorial Weekend Boat Races featuring the 45ss Nationals will be held Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th on the Willamette River at Rogers Landing
, Oregon. Racing each day will begin at approximately 10:30 am and conclude by 6:30 pm, featuring outboard boat racing ranging in speeds from 35 mph to over 90 mph. Admission is free to the public. Rogers Landing is located at the foot of River Street. River Street is at the 99W split in downtown Newberg – look for the signs.
This is one of the oldest outboard regattas in the country, and will feature 80-100 entries from Oregon, Washington, California, and British Columbia in as many as 18 classes. Entrants range in age from 9 years old to 60 plus. The race is put on by the Newberg Boat Club
with assistance from the Columbia Outboard Racing Association
, and is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association
Bleacher seating will be provided, as well as shoreline viewing along much of the racecourse. Concessions are available, featuring burgers, soft drinks, coffee, and snacks. Parking is available at the entrance to Rogers Landing (donations accepted). There will be a shuttle van available (donated by Loren Berg Chevrolet
) to assist spectators down the hill to the viewing area. You can sign the insurance waiver, get a wristband, visit the “hot” pits and talk to the racers.
The Newberg tradition started in 1946, when a small group of men with a love for boats, speed, and water formed the Newberg Boat Club. In the beginning the members built a boat ramp each year, as the winters high waters would wash the previous years ramp away. With the Oregon rains generally not stopping until July, the ramp and surrounding area were pretty much a mud hole on Memorial Weekend. The club members eventually poured a cement ramp and built a dock and each year improved the park area. In more recent years Yamhill County
has taken over management of the ramp and park
and have vastly improved the area with help from the Oregon State Marine Board
The first couple of years the club ran a marathon race from Newberg to Salem and back. Then in 1948 they decided their event needed improvement and became affiliated with the American Power Boat Association. This ongoing affair has run every year since except for one year when the water was too high to safely conduct a boat race. This event is one of the highlights of the Region 10 outboard season.