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New Martinsville hosts regatta

Updated: Saturday, September 28 2013, 04:42 PM EDT


At a place where power boats rule the water, New Martinsville, W.Va., hosted a regatta which holds more than 80 world records.

All levels of boaters compete in time trial and racing events this weekend.

Some boats go as fast as 150 miles per hour.

This is the first time since 1978 that the straight away time trail has been in New Martinsville.

Watching powerboats isn't the only thing the regatta offered.

Main Street in New Martinsville hosted tents with local goods as well as a stage for musical acts.

“Well, it’s just part of the community. Cooperstown, NY, has the hall of fame; New Martinsville, W.Va. has the regatta. I mean, it's just part of the history here. Most of us who are involved with it here had fathers and grandfathers and mothers who were a part of this, and my father was one of the founders of it," said Sam Winer, regatta race director.

Boaters from all over the country will compete this weekend in the regatta power boat events.

Racers as young as 15 years old will compete on the Ohio River.

New Martinsville hosts regatta

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