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THE RÉGATES DE VALLEYFIELD
Over 130,000 festival goers returned to the Delpha-Sauvé Park
for the 82nd edition of the Régates de Valleyfield, a long-awaited comeback after a 2-year forced
hiatus. It was under more-than-favourable weather that the three days of hydroplane racing and five
nights of concerts were held.
The most-anticipated leg of the Hydroplane Racing League (HRL) calendar for both the drivers and
their teams was the site of breathtaking races, studded with surprises that reshaped the HRL rankings.
In 2.5-liters, the very first woman to win a final in this class at the Régates de Valleyfield, Stéphanie
Blain, took the honours behind the wheel of the S-757 Canada Girl. In a 4-participant final in Can-Am,
Joel Plourde from Sorel-Tracy found his way to the winners’ dock. In Formula 2500, Steve Armstrong
and the F-92 Tenacity were crowned. The duo of Jimmy Stewart and Peggy Ewancio reached the
highest step of the podium in Jersey Speed Skiff, aboard the JS-10 Yumpin’ Yiminy.
The final in the Hydro 350 class was dominated by the American Bobby King (H-242), who won
Valleyfield for the first time in his career. The podium was completed by Quebecois Nicolas Rousse
(H-225) and Martin Rochon (H-773).
In the Grand Prix class, the American Andrew Tate was handed the champagne on the winners’ dock.
The GP-777 Steeler registered the fastest time of the weekend during the final. Tate, who has won
many prestigious races has qualified his first victory at the Régates the Valleyfield as the best feeling
he has experienced in his career.
Over 80,000 people attended the hydroplane races, an audience number beyond the organization’s
Rouge FM Evening Shows: mesmerized crowds
Music fans swarmed the Delpha-Sauvé Park, as over 15,000 attended the hip hop night, which closed
with the electrifying performance of rapper Loud, while more than 17,000 people were mesmerized by
Charlotte Cardin’s concert. In total, close to 50,000 people were present to see the twenty artists who
took turns on the Loto-Québec stage.
“Our partnership with Valspec was a successful bet: we have shown that a varied programming, for
every taste, can attract impressive crowds,” explains Émilie Daoust, General Manager of the Régates
The Régates de Valleyfield took a technological turn this year, as the ticket booth was almost
completely virtual. The organization’s concession stands also accepted debit and credit card
payments, a new feature appreciated by the festival goers.
“This digital transition allows us to have more reliable data, that greatly helps the organization on a
logistical standpoint. We have adjustments to make, of course, but we are proud of what the team has
accomplished after 2 years of absence,” mentions Didier-Bernard Séguin, president of the Régates de
Valleyfield board of directors.
The organization counted on over 250 volunteers, who have surpassed themselves despite the high
temperatures, and have shown great availability and generosity.
The Régates de Valleyfield precious partners have also made this event a success: the City of
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Tourisme Québec, Loto-Québec, Bell, Molson Coors, Grues Tremblay, Caisse
Desjardins de Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Valspec, Univesta, Diageo – Valleyfield, CEZinc et Kia
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