Last day of races at Madison Regatta - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Last day of races at Madison Regatta

Another Madison Regatta is in the books, and the people of Jefferson County, Indiana are calling it a success.  There were some anxious moments, for a county that's had some breath-taking events.

"It's great for the fans.  A fun race for us and the fans and everybody," said Dave Villwock, a spectator.

It's hydroplane boat racing at it's best and a Madison, Indiana tradition since 1966.  The huge crowds gathered on the banks of the Ohio river Independence Day weekend, anxiously waiting for the winner of the Indiana Governor's Cup.

"I wish everybody could have seen all the people who stuck around in pretty heavy rain yesterday.  That indicates to us we have some pretty hardcore fans who want to see hydroplane racing, so they stuck around," said Joe Hertz, spokesman.

Jean Theoret was injured Saturday when flipped his Miss Bello's pizza hydroplane.  He was taken to the University Hospital and has been upgraded to stable condition.

"It was a pretty violent accident, these things weigh a lot.  They are very heavy, but the good news is, he's good," said Hertz.

Any tragedy at the regatta brings back memories of 2006, when Michael Bowen was drove a speeding car into a crowd of spectators.  Ten people were injured.  Regatta officials say they learned a lot about emergency preparedness.

People are trying to forget another terrible site.  A fire destroyed the historic courthouse in Madison but this weekend, the community put the tragedies behind.

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