The Annual Orange Cup Regatta Returns For Its 75th Year
Posted on February 28th, 2013 by Rebecca Thompson
Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing and the City of Lakeland have partnered together with The Open Invitational American Power Boat Association and The Central Florida Racing Club #208 Region 5, to bring you the 75th Annual Orange Cup Regatta!
The Regatta will run Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3 on the “Lake of Records”, Lake Hollingsworth, in Lakeland. Lake Hollingsworth is known as the “Lake of Records” because its home to more world records than any other lake in the country. The Orange Cup is unlike other regattas because it is the only one in Florida where competitors can get double the APBA points by racing Saturday and Sunday.
This will mark the 75th running of the Orange Cup, continuing the rich tradition the event has to offer. This year, all boats will display an anniversary decal, and winners will be given a special medal in honor of the event’s 75 years. The Regatta is one of Lakeland’s oldest sporting events and has been known to draw crowds of almost 10,000 people and features over 125 professional boat racers in three major divisions consisting of Inboard, Outboard and Outboard Performance Craft along with fifteen other classes of race boats. With all of this world-class competition, the Orange Cup is once again guaranteed to entertain and amaze all who attend.
Official racing begins Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and will run through Sunday afternoon, but competitors hit the lake on Friday for practice and testing purposes.
The event is free to spectators, so be sure to bring family and friends out to Lake Hollingsworth anytime during the weekend for high-speed entertainment!