Our “Big Event” each year is sponsorship of the Annual Memorial Weekend Boat Races, at Rogers Landing in Newberg. The first APBA sanctioned NBC sponsored race was held on Memorial Day, 1949 staged as a marathon starting in Independence and finishing 44 miles downriver at Newberg. We have come a long way since then, moving to a two day event, held on the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day, with sanctioned heat racing of stock outboards (Hydroplanes and Runabouts ) and Outboard Performance Craft (OPC’s or Tunnel Boats.) A few years ago we joined forces with the Columbia Outboard Racing Association (CORA,) a local boat racing club here in Oregon, to jointly sponsor this event.
This Video, uploaded to YouTube by RogCBrand, gives a really good idea of what a visit to the Races is like. Please join us next Memorial Weekend!
On behalf of the Newberg Boat Club and the Columbia Outboard Racing Association, we would like to invite you and your family to the 2018 Memorial Weekend Boat Races, our 70th Annual. A wide variety of powerboats will race again this year for National Points as well as First, Second and Third Place awards, each day. On Saturday, we will be hosting the North American Championship races for the Sport-C Class, and on Sunday, it will be the 45-SS Class's turn at their North American Championship. We look forward to hosting you for the 2018 Memorial Weekend Boat Races.
The races begin about 10-11 am and finish when all classes of Boats have finished their heats, usually about 6 pm. They are held, both Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Weekend. We usually hold 3 Flights of Races each day, with a short intermission between each flight, to allow our volunteers to come in off the water and take care of necessities. On Sunday, during the first intermission, we hold a Memorial Ceremony, including the laying of a wreath on the water, an inspirational reading and a 21 Gun Salute by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Memory of those who have fought and died to keep our Nation free.
Spectator parking is available at the top of the hill, assisted by the Boy Scouts. A Shuttle Van is available, or you can enjoy the short walk down the hill to Rogers Landing. Handicapped Parking is available in the Park, with a legal Handicapped Parking Permit. Parking, admission and shuttle van are all FREE.
Food and drink is available at the Races. We have again invited Bert's Chuckwagon to bring his excellent BBQ and Burgers! We've also invited Ricky's Taco's to bring their excellent Mexican fare back to the Races.