Memorial Weekend Boat Races

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 2017 Memorial Weekend Boat Races, our 69th 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 Sunday, we again will be hosting the National Championship races for the 45-SS Class. We look forward to hosting you for the 2017 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.

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, and this year Koi Fusion will be there to serve their inventive Mexican/Korean Fare, as well. Fun will be had by all!