Just two years into reviving the Oak Harbor Hydroplane races organizers are having to take a break in 2016 because of scheduling.
The only two summer dates with tides appropriate for racing in the Oak Harbor City Marina fall on two other events. The first conflicts with Pigfest in August and Curry said that the city simply can’t support the road closures and safety measures required for both events. The second collides with another longstanding hydroplane race.
“It’s not over,” said event organizer Michelle Curry. “We’re taking a break and will come back bigger and better. We’ll see what 2017 brings.”
In the meantime, Curry said she’ll keep busy by organizing another water-based event in the summer and starting an Octoberfest in the fall.
Rhonda Severns, who has volunteered for the event the last two years, said event has grown into a point of pride for the community.
“I’m really sad about the event going away next year,” Severns said.
While door-knocking for her husband’s campaign for mayor in recent months she said they have gotten great feedback about the hydroplane racing event.
One family said “don’t you ever let that go,” Severns said. “Everyone has been really supportive of the hydros.”