Bad weather disturbed the first day of races at the Régates de Valleyfield, this Friday. Rain showers, strong winds and even hail caused damage in the pits and on the course, which led the organization to reluctantly cancel the Friday Challenge.
“It’s unfortunate, said the Racing Director, Didier Séguin. But our main focus is on the well-being of the drivers and volunteers.”
Test runs in the F1, Grand Prix and Hydro 350 classes were completed, as well as a vintage boat show, before menacing clouds made their way over the Bay. “A few docks, the power circuits and the pits sustained damage, added Didier Séguin. It would have taken at least two hours for the course to be back up to the Hydroplane Racing League’s standards.”
In the evening, uncertain weather persisted, but did not stop Stéphanie Bédard and Kaïn from lighting up the Loto-Québec stage during the fourth night of the SAQ series of concerts. The organizing committee estimates that an audience of 13,500 people was on-site throughout the day.
Still to come on July 16
The Saturday racing program was rethought and maximized, as the Grand Prix and F1’s first round of qualifications had to be rescheduled.
The Family Zone and the Coors Light Games will open at 10am for the festival-goers to enjoy. In the evening, Rosa and Éric Lapointe will take the stage and the traditional firework will be featured in between the two shows.