KDF Great Steamboat race is the annual "battle of the belles!" - WDRB 41 Louisville News

KDF Great Steamboat race is the annual "battle of the belles!"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bragging rights and a set of silver antlers are at stake in the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race.  

Belle of Louisville Captain Mark Doty and Belle of Cincinnati Captain Alan Bernstein talk trash about which boat will reign supreme!  The winner of the event is the vessel that accumulates the most points from performing a series of tasks throughout the day and during the race. 

The task and scoring system that was implemented seven years ago to determine the winner of the Great Steamboat Race will return again this year. Instead of the event winner being determined by the first boat to cross the finish line at the Clark Memorial Bridge, the winner will be the vessel which accumulates the most points from performing a series of nine tasks assigned to each competitor throughout the day and during the race.  The task competition starts at 2 p.m. race day at the 4th Street Wharf. 

·Task No. 1: Jousting inflatable competition (10 points for 1st, 5 points for 2nd)
·Task No. 2: Obstacle inflatable course (10 and 5 points)
·Task No. 3: Handy line toss (10 and 5 points)
·Task No. 4: Monkey fist toss (10 and 5 points)
·Task No. 5: Paddle Wheel Assembly (10 and 5 points)
·Task No. 6: Calliope contest (10 and 5 points)
·Task No. 7: Buoy flag retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure)
·Task No. 8: VIP retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure)
·Task No. 9: Bourbon barrel retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure)
·Task No. 10: Boat race finish (29 points) 2nd vessel under the bridge will get 15 points added to their score.

The total potential points earned are 164. The vessel with the most points as determined by the judges will be declared the winner. Failure to perform a task will result in a "no score," plus a 35-point penalty. The majority decision of the judges will be final. The winner will be presented with a set of 12-point Silver Antlers at the post-race ceremony.

Boarding for the Great Steamboat Race will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the boats departing the shore at 5:45 for a 6 p.m. start. Each boat will be assigned two judges, in addition to an overall event judge from the Derby Festival. The Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the race at the Chow Wagon in Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. 

Tickets on the Belle of Louisville $130 (limited availability).  For Belle of Louisville tickets call (502) 584-FEST or visit www.KDF.org. Tickets on the Belle of Cincinnati $60 Cruise Only; $85 Dinner, Four Roses Bourbon Tasting, and Cruise. For Belle of Cincinnati tickets call 800-261-8586 or visit www.BBRiverboats.com.

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