Overhead View of the Race Course
103 years is a long time for a sporting event to survive. When you consider an annual community based, volunteer run, narrowly focused event, the longevity is even more amazing. But, then again, one would have to understand the people of Dorchester County, their love of the water and their pride in doing things well.
In the beginning, a young man and his father's boat caught the eye and imagination of a successful businessman. During the summer of 1909 Lou Barrett, Jr. driving a three horsepower, 'one lunger' boat circled Alfred I. DuPont's Alicia, impressing him to imagine something more, and ultimately launching what has become the oldest powerboat regatta in the nation.
Over the next two years, DuPont would help found the Cambridge Yacht Club with the idea of hosting a powerboat race.