The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is an annual motorboat and river festival held in "Pittsburgh, "Pennsylvania, "United States. The festival was first held in 1978 and is often host to an "F1 ChampBoat Series race. The F1 race, originally held in 1982, was the first F1 "power boat race held in the United States. 2008 saw the return of F1 Power Boat racing at the Pittsburgh Regatta after a two-year hiatus following the 2005 festival. The festival had been scheduled to coincide with the "July 4th holiday, however 2016 saw a return to the Regatta being held prior in early August, as it traditionally was prior to 2004. The festival is the largest inland regatta in the United States, drawing tens of thousands of fans along "Allegheny River. The F1 race course consists of a 4-pin 1.25 (2 km) course. In 2008, the Pittsburgh regatta F1 ChampBoat race was nationally broadcast on the "Speed Channel.
The Regatta is the annual continuation of the original speed boat and paddle wheeler races of the "Pittsburgh Welcome Week Regatta" held annually starting on May 21, 1949 and through the mid-1950s.
The race corresponds to a three-day festival in downtown Pittsburgh consisting of variety of events including free concerts, food vendors, aerial competitions, various water sports, "dragon boat races, and the "July Fourth fireworks display for the City of Pittsburgh. Over 1.5 million people are estimated to have attended some aspect of the regatta events every year.
On August 7, 1988, one of the Formula 1 boats went out of control and crashed into a crowd near "Three Rivers Stadium. There were 24 injuries and 1 fatality. The accident was captured on live TV during the broadcast of a "Pittsburgh Pirates and "New York Mets baseball game from a blimp above the stadium.
|1||42||Shaun Torrente||Grand Prix Boats GLBC||Homestead, FL||400|
|2||16||Tim Seebold||Bud Light Team Seebold||Osage Beach, Missouri||380|
|3||10||Terry Rinker||Rinker/Amsoil Racing||Tampa, FL||360|
|4||38||Jeff Shepherd||Shepherd Construction||Woodlawn, TN||350|
|5||17||Brian Venton||Jenkinson Telecom/Hancock Inc.||Bowmanville, ON||340|
|6||41||Randy Rinker||Rinker/Amsoil Racing||Syracuse, Indiana||330|
|7||72||Lynn Simburger||Playcraft Boats||Elsah, Illinois||320|
|8||88||Billy Joule||B&B / Joule Marine Transport||Tiera Verde, FL||310|
|9||1||Nithat Kunjeng||Singha Beer||Thailand||300|
|10||8||Mark Johnson||Pur Sang Engineering||Jaffrey, NH||290|
|11||6||Matt Sadl||XG-AD.COM/Massageluxe.com||Pacific, MO||280|
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