|Type||H1 Unlimited hydroplane boat race|
|Race area||Ohio River, Madison, Indiana|
|Distance||2.5 mi (4 km)|
The Indiana Governor's Cup (more commonly known as the Madison Regatta) is an H1 Unlimited hydroplane boat race held annually on Independence Day weekend on the Ohio River in Madison, Indiana. Madison has hosted the Madison Regatta annually since 1951, although the race was also contested in the 1930s. The race inspired a Hollywood motion picture released in 2005, titled Madison which starred actor Jim Caviezel.The Regatta was part of the APBA Gold Cup in 1979, 1980. 2019, & will be contested in 2021.
Informal racing took place in Madison, Indiana as early as 1911. But the first major race didn't occur until 1929. That was when the now-defunct Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association conducted a race for the 725 Cubic Inch Class, which evolved into the Unlimited Class after World War II. The MVPBA conducted the Webb Trophy at Madison in 1930. The Webb Trophy was the MVPBA equivalent of the APBA Gold Cup—their top award.
The current series of regattas in Madison began in 1949. This was a "wildcat" race, administered by the Ohio Valley Motor Boat Racing Association of Cincinnati. The largest class present was the 225 Cubic Inch Class.
The first Unlimited race took place in 1950. The Unlimited races at Madison from 1950 to 1953 were one-heat multi-class free-for-all affairs. They didn't count for National High Points.
The first High Points Unlimited race at Madison occurred in 1954. This came about largely through the efforts of Madison Courier columnist Phil Cole. (A High Points Unlimited race must be scheduled for a minimum of two heats with at least four boats making a legal start.)
Madison had an uninterrupted string of High Points Unlimited races every year from 1954 through 2012. The 2013 races were canceled because of flooding on the Ohio that covered the pit area, although the land-based events associated with the regatta went on as scheduled.
The Madison committee is the longest continuously active Unlimited committee in the country. Madison Regatta, Inc. (formerly the Madison Boat Club) has hosted the Unlimiteds every year since 1950 (except in 2013 and 2015 because of river conditions). Seattle didn't start until 1951. Detroit has been on the circuit since 1946, but with four different committees.
List of Madison Regatta winners
|1951||Indiana Governor's Cup||Marion Cooper||Hornet|
|1952||Indiana Governor's Cup||Burnett Bartley||Wildcatter|
|1953||Indiana Governor's Cup||Burnett Bartley||Wildcatter|
|1954||Indiana Governor's Cup||Bill Cantrell||Gale IV|
|1955||Indiana Governor's Cup||Danny Foster||Tempo VII|
|1956||Indiana Governor's Cup||Fred Alter||Miss US I|
|1957||Indiana Governor's Cup||Jack Regas||Hawaii Kai III|
|1958||Indiana Governor's Cup||Don Wilson||Miss US I|
|1959||Indiana Governor's Cup||Ron Musson||Hawaii Kai III|
|1960||Indiana Governor's Cup||Bill Muncey||Miss Thriftway|
|1961||Indiana Governor's Cup||Bill Muncey||Miss Century 21|
|1962||Indiana Governor's Cup||Bill Muncey||Miss Century 21|
|1963||Indiana Governor's Cup||Bill Brow||Miss Exide|
|1964||Indiana Governor's Cup||Chuck Thompson||Tahoe Miss|
|1965||Indiana Governor's Cup||Chuck Thompson||Tahoe Miss|
|1966||Indiana Governor's Cup||Mira Slovak||Tahoe Miss|
|1967||Indiana Governor's Cup||Billy Schumacher||Miss Bardahl|
|1968||Indiana Governor's Cup||Billy Schumacher||Miss Bardahl|
|1969||Indiana Governor's Cup||Dean Chenoweth||Myr's Special|
|1970||Indiana Governor's Cup||Dean Chenoweth||Miss Budweiser|
|1971||APBA Gold Cup||Jim McCormick||Miss Madison|
|1972||U.I.M. World's Championship||Bill Muncey||Atlas Van Lines|
|1973||Indiana Governor's Cup||Mickey Remund||Pay 'n Pak|
|1974||Indiana Governor's Cup||George Henley||Pay 'n Pak|
|1975||Indiana Governor's Cup||George Henley||Pay n'Pak|
|1976||Indiana Governor's Cup||Bill Muncey||Atlas Van Lines|
|1977||Indiana Governor's Cup||Eric Godfrey||Miss Budweiser|
|1978||Indiana Governor's Cup||Bill Muncey||Atlas Van Lines|
|1979||APBA Gold Cup||Bill Muncey||Atlas Van Lines|
|1980||APBA Gold Cup||Dean Chenoweth||Miss Budweiser|
|1981||Indiana Governor's Cup||Dean Chenoweth||Miss Budweiser|
|1982||Indiana Governor's Cup||Tom D'Eath||The Squire Shop|
|1983||Indiana Governor's Cup||Jim Kropfeld||Miss Budweiser|
|1984||Indiana Governor's Cup||Chip Hanauer||Atlas Van Lines|
|1985||Indiana Governor's Cup||Steve Reynolds||Miss 7-Eleven|
|1986||Indiana Governor's Cup||Chip Hanauer||Miller American|
|1987||Indiana Governor's Cup||Jim Kropfield||Miss Budweiser|
|1988||Indiana Governor's Cup||Scott Pierce||Mr. Pringle's|
|1989||Indiana Governor's Cup||Jim Kropfield||Miss Budweiser|
|1990||Indiana Governor's Cup||Chip Hanauer||Miss Circus Circus|
|1991||Indiana Governor's Cup||Mark Evans||American Spirit|
|1992||Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup||Chip Hanauer||Miss Budweiser|
|1993||Indiana Governor's Cup||Chip Hanauer||Miss Budweiser|
|1994||Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup||Chip Hanauer||Miss Budweiser|
|1995||Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup||Mark Tate||Smokin' Joe's|
|1996||Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup||Mark Tate||Smokin' Joe's|
|1997||Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup||Dave Villwock||Miss Budweiser|
|1998||Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup||Dave Villwock||Miss Budweiser|
|1999||Jasper Indiana Governor's Cup||Chip Hanauer||Miss Pico|
|2000||Indiana Governor's Cup||Dave Villwock||Miss Budweiser|
|2001||Beltano Casino Madison Regatta||Steve David||Oh Boy! Oberto|
|2002||Budweiser Madison Regatta||Nate Brown||Miss Elam Plus|
|2003||Budweiser Madison Regatta||Dave Villwock||Miss Budweiser|
|2004||U.I.M. World's Championship||Dave Villwock||Miss Budweiser|
|2005||Budweiser Madison Regatta||J.W. Myers||Miss Elam Plus|
|2006||Madison Regatta||Dave Villwock||Miss Elam Plus|
|2007||Indiana Governor's Cup||Dave Villwock||Miss Elam Plus|
|2008||Indiana Governor's Cup||Jeff Bernard||Formulaboats.com|
|2009||Indiana Governor's Cup||Dave Villwock||Miss Elam Plus|
|2010||Indiana Governor's Cup||Steve David||Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison|
|2011||Indiana Governor's Cup||Steve David||Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison|
|2012||Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup||Dave Villwock||Spirit of Qatar|
|2013||No race; canceled due to high water|
|2014||Indiana Governor's Cup||J. Michael Kelly||U-5 Graham Trucking|
|2015||[NO TROPHY AWARDED]||J. Michael Kelly 1||U-5 Graham Trucking|
|2016||MainSource Bank Madison Regatta||Jimmy Shane||Homestreet Bank|
|2017||Indiana Governor's Cup||Andrew Tate||Delta Realtrac|
|2018||Madison Regatta||Jimmy Shane||Miss Homestreet|
|2019||APBA Gold Cup||Jimmy Shane||Miss Homestreet|
|2020||APBA Gold Cup||No race; canceled due to COVID|
|2021||APBA Gold Cup||Jimmy Shane||Miss Homestreet|
1 H1 Unlimited cancelled the 2015 race because of high water and debris on the Ohio River where six of the 11 boats withdrew. A non-championship race was held instead with five boats.
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- "Madison Regatta will not be rescheduled in 2013". Louisville, KY: WHAS-TV. July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- 2021 Hydro Record Book and Statistics. Edmonds, WA: Unlimited NewsJournal. 2021. pp. 31–32.
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- "Jimmy Shane Wins 5th Gold Cup". NBC Right Now. Retrieved 2021-07-17.