REGATTA WASH OUT: High water swallowed up the pit area preventing any racing this weekend. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
REGATTA WASH OUT: High water swallowed up the pit area preventing any racing this weekend. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
For the first time in the 63 years of the event, the Indiana Governor's Cup Madison Regatta was canceled.

High water on the Ohio River, and the debris brought with it, were too much to overcome for race officials who were still confident as late as Saturday morning that a race could be run.

As an alternative to racing, all boats were parked on Vaughn Drive and fans were allowed to meet the drivers and get autographs. But H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole admitted that even that act was of little consolation to fans who wanted to see a race.

"Although we did our best with an open house provided by all of our teams along the riverfront yesterday and now today, there is no substitute for racing," Cole said Sunday afternoon. "But this has been beyond everyone's control and all we can do is look forward to an exciting race next year."

This marks just the sixth time since 1946 that an Unlimited race has been canceled. There will be no make-up date.

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