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Indiana Governor's Cup
(Madison Regatta)
Madison Regatta logo.png
H1 Unlimited
Title sponsor None
Dates July 3–5
Location Ohio River, Madison, Indiana
Track length 2.5 mi (4 km)
First race 1950
Most recent winner U-1 Graham Trucking
J. Michael Kelly
Media coverage ESPN3[1]
Website http://www.madison regatta.com/

The Indiana Governor's Cup (more commonly known as the Madison Regatta) is an H1 Unlimited hydroplane boat race held annually on Independence Day weekend on the Ohio River in Madison, Indiana. Madison has hosted the Madison Regatta annually since 1951, although the race was also contested in the 1930s. The race inspired a Hollywood motion picture in 1999 titled Madison which starred actor Jim Caviezel.The Regatta was part of the APBA Gold Cup in 1979 and 1980.


Informal racing took place in Madison, Indiana as early as 1911. But the first major race didn't occur until 1929. That was when the now-defunct Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association conducted a race for the 725 Cubic Inch Class, which evolved into the Unlimited Class after World War II. The MVPBA conducted the Webb Trophy at Madison in 1930. The Webb Trophy was the MVPBA equivalent of the APBA Gold Cup—their top award.

The 725s raced at Madison throughout the 1930s until the disastrous Ohio River flood of 1937 and World War II brought down the curtain for a while.

The current series of regattas in Madison began in 1949. This was a "wildcat" race, administered by the Ohio Valley Motor Boat Racing Association of Cincinnati. The largest class present was the 225 Cubic Inch Class.

The first Unlimited race took place in 1950. The Unlimited races at Madison from 1950 to 1953 were one-heat multi-class free-for-all affairs. They didn't count for National High Points.

The first High Points Unlimited race at Madison occurred in 1954. This came about largely through the efforts of Madison Courier columnist Phil Cole. (A High Points Unlimited race must be scheduled for a minimum of two heats with at least four boats making a legal start.)

Madison had an uninterrupted string of High Points Unlimited races every year from 1954 through 2012. The 2013 races were canceled because of flooding on the Ohio that covered the pit area, although the land-based events associated with the regatta went on as scheduled.[2]

The Madison committee is the longest continuously active Unlimited committee in the country. Madison Regatta, Inc. (formerly the Madison Boat Club) has hosted the Unlimiteds every year since 1950 (except in 2013 and 2015 because of river conditions). Seattle didn't start until 1951. Detroit has been on the circuit since 1946, but with four different committees.

A total of 54 major Unlimited races (excluding the free-for-all races) have been run at Madison since 1954.

List of Madison Regatta winners[edit]

2008 winner FormulaBoats.com
Year Driver Boat
1951 Marion Cooper Hornet
1952 Burnett Bartley Wildcatter
1953 Burnett Bartley Wildcatter
1954 Bill Cantrell Gale IV
1955 Danny Foster Tempo VII
1956 Fred Alter Miss US I
1957 Jack Regas Hawaii Kai III
1958 Don Wilson Miss US I
1959 Ron Musson Hawaii Kai III
1960 Bill Muncey Miss Thriftway
1961 Bill Muncey Miss Century 21
1962 Bill Muncey Miss Century 21
1963 Bill Brow Miss Exide
1964 Chuck Thompson Tahoe Miss
1965 Chuck Thompson Tahoe Miss
1966 Mira Slovak Tahoe Miss
1967 Billy Schumacher Miss Bardahl
1968 Billy Schumacher Miss Bardahl
1969 Dean Chenoweth Myr's Special
1970 Dean Chenoweth Miss Budweiser
1971 Jim McCormick Miss Madison
1972 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1973 Mickey Remund Pay 'n Pak
1974 George Henley Pay 'n Pak
1975 George Henley Pay n'Pak
1976 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1977 Eric Godfrey Miss Budweiser
1978 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1979 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1980 Dean Chenoweth Miss Budweiser
1981 Dean Chenoweth Miss Budweiser
1982 Tom D'Eath The Squire Shop
1983 Jim Kropfeld Miss Budweiser
1984 Chip Hanauer Atlas Van Lines
1985 Steve Reynolds Miss 7-Eleven
1986 Chip Hanauer Miller American
1987 Jim Kropfield Miss Budweiser
1988 Scott Pierce Mr. Pringle's
1989 Jim Kropfield Miss Budweiser
1990 Chip Hanauer Miss Circus Circus
1991 McKenna Ford Sandwich Cat
1992 Chip Hanauer Miss Budweiser
1993 Chip Hanauer Miss Budweiser
1994 Chip Hanauer Miss Budweiser
1995 Mark Tate Smokin' Joe's
1996 Mark Tate Smokin' Joe's
1997 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
1998 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
1999 Chip Hanauer Miss Pico
2000 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
2001 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto
2002 Nate Brown Miss Elam Plus
2003 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
2004 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
2005 J.W. Myers Miss Elam Plus
2006 Dave Villwock Miss Elam Plus
2007 Dave Villwock Miss Elam Plus
2008 Jeff Bernard Formulaboats.com
2009 Dave Villwock Miss Elam Plus
2010 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison
2011 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison
2012 Dave Villwock Spirit of Qatar
2013 No race; canceled due to high water
2014 J. Michael Kelly U-5 Graham Trucking
2015 J. Michael Kelly 1 U-5 Graham Trucking

1 H1 Unlimited cancelled the 2015 race because of high water and debris on the Ohio River where six of the 11 boats withdrew. A non-championship race was held instead with five boats.


  1. ^ "ESPN3 Platform Headlines H1 Video Streaming". H1 Unlimited (h1unlimited.com). June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Madison Regatta will not be rescheduled in 2013". Louisville, KY: WHAS-TV. July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 

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145 news items

Madison Courier

Madison Courier
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:48:45 -0700

He was a member of the boards of both Miss Madison Racing and the Madison Regatta. During his career, Farley wrote more than 700 articles on boat racing and five books. “I got lucky,” Farley said. “I don't regret it for a minute.” Farley is survived by ...

The Courier-Journal

The Courier-Journal
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:32:03 -0700

MADISON, Ind. – The 65th annual Madison Regatta certainly didn't go according to plan. Race officials battled high waters and floating debris on the Ohio River the entire weekend, leading to postponements and reshuffling of schedules. The boats finally ...
Madison Courier
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:07:30 -0700

The series raced at Madison a year ago although there are no plans to include the boats at this year's Madison Regatta. 1. 0 Comments. Newest ▽ Oldest △. Please fill out the form below to submit a comment. Comment. Message is a required field. Name.


Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:49:01 -0700

(WDRB) -- For the first time in a decade, Madison Regatta fans can camp along the Ohio River for the hydroplane races. Regatta organizers say campsites will be available on both sides of the Madison-Milton Bridge. Organizers expect the 60 riverside ...

WHAS 11.com (subscription)

WHAS 11.com (subscription)
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:22:30 -0700

(WHAS 11)--With the completion of the new Milton-Madison Bridge Madison Regatta returns to its original format. That means 2.5-miles, faster speeds, and racing under the bridge. The high water along the River has canceled some qualifications for July 3 ...
Madison Courier
Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:07:58 -0800

The Madison Regatta's 2016 Indiana Governor's Cup, scheduled for July 1-3, will carry the additional designation of “North American Championship” for certain and be worth an unprecedented double high points pending H1 Board approval as early as next ...
Madison Courier
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:03:45 -0700

Jimmy Shane's first year in the cockpit of the Miss Madison was a winning one, with race victories and the team's fifth National High Points Championship in 2014. Shane, who won four races and the national title in 2013 aboard the Graham Trucking ...

Madison Courier

Madison Courier
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Jimmy Shane and the U-1 Oberto/Miss Madison may not have won the hometown Madison Regatta, but the team may very well have picked up something more valuable in the long run. High water and heavy debris forced the regular event into a five-boat ...

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