'Rebranded' Regatta Roars to Life July 3-4

By Behe, Regis | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 5, 2008 | Go to article overview

'Rebranded' Regatta Roars to Life July 3-4


Behe, Regis, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


For a few minutes Wednesday afternoon, the force was with Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl as he took a 100 mph ride in an F- 1 ChampBoat on the Allegheny River.

"I got more comfortable as it went on," Ravenstahl said. "I did get nervous going through those two piers."

Ravenstahl took the high-speed excursion to promote the 31st version of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. Scheduled for July 3- 4, the event will be held on the North Shore of the Allegheny River for the first time. Last year's regatta was at Station Square.

"It's a new, rebranded regatta," said regatta board chairman Robert Bonassi, noting a logo with the slogan, "Roar on the Shore."

This year marks the return of the F-1 ChampBoat Series to Pittsburgh for the first time since 2005. Mike Schiefer, the series' director, said the city's rivers provide drivers with unique challenges.

"It's rough," Schiefer said of the conditions. "And rough courses really put on the best races for us. The veteran F-1 racers really love it because it really separates the men from the boys."

Among drivers expected to race are former F-1 champions Tim Seebold and Terry Rinker, and second-year driver Shaun Torrente, who recently won the first race of the 2008 season in Tennessee. …

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